Self-proclaimed “car nut” Oliver Rushton of Edmonton checks out a 1939 Chrysler Royal at the Ocean Idlers 20th annual Blast From the Past car show at the Coombs Fairgrounds in 2016. Their 2017 show is coming up Saturday, August 5. — File photo

Car corral in Coombs August 5

Ocean Idlers Car Club to hold 21st Blast from the Past show

With car season in full swing, the first stop is the Blast from the Past at the Coombs Fairgrounds on Aug. 5.

The Oceanside Idlers Car Club are the organizers of the event, which is in its 21st year.

About 150 cars is the usual attendance for the show, which has raised thousands of dollars for various local charities and individuals over the years, said Ocean Idlers president Clay Thompson.

“We put on a good event,” he said. “It’s a smaller show, but it’s a good event and people seem to enjoy it and keep coming back.”

Entry to the show is by donation, or $20 to enter a car. There are 21 prizes awarded in stock and modified categories for each decade, as well as People’s Choice and Participants’ Choice.

Every year, money raised at the gate and through the concession goes to the Arrowsmith Community Recreation Association and the Coombs-Hilliers Volunteer Fire Department, said Thompson.

The rest of the money raised at the event is given in thousand-dollar increments to charity groups that apply for it, with the Idlers figuring out after the show how much money they have to give away, and which groups will get be the recipients.

Past groups and causes supported by the event include Cops for Cancer, RCMP Victim’s Services, support for ALS, companion dogs, a robotics class for kids and bursaries for individual students heading into mechanical or body work, Thompson said.

There is also a pair of local participants who will once again be signing up organ donors at the event.

Courtney Smith from Parksville and Harry Miller of Qualicum Beach both recieved lung transplants, and have since been working to promote Transplant B.C. by sharing their story and registering more organ donors. They will have a tent on-site.

With cars coming from all over the Island, there’s plenty to see, though Thompson said every year he’s excited for the restored antique cars, and the radical customs.

The gate opens at 8 a.m. For more information, go to

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