Photo submitted by MIHRA Participants in last year's Classic Car Event in Nanoose Bay.

Photo submitted by MIHRA Participants in last year's Classic Car Event in Nanoose Bay.

Classic cars up for sale at this growing show in Nanoose Bay

A number of vehicles sold at last year's inaugural event

The Mid Island Hot Rod Association (MIHRA) is revving up for their second annual Classic Car Event at Arbutus Meadows in Nanoose Bay on July 5.

On the first outing last year they attracted around 150 classics and had a good enough response this year that they decided to cap it at 250 vehicles to allow for comfortable viewing.

“This is a bit different than a regular show and shine, this is a real classic car event,” said MIHRA director Art Fee.

He said they moved the date up a couple months to their preferred date, explaining they ended up in late August last year because it was the first one and they had to take the available weekend, despite conflicting with other car events in the region.

Classic cars are those from 1989 and earlier and last year included notable entries from the 1920s right up to the late 80s, from Europe, North America and makes like the now defunct AMC (American Motor Cars).

While the inaugural event last year included a family day to help bring people out, Fee said this year they are focusing on four main features for car enthusiasts; the car show, a car corral, swap meet and car and food related vendors.

Fee said a number of vehicles sold at the corral last year so they will feature it bigger this year including posting vehicles on their website in advance.

There will be food vendors and car fun of all sorts for enthusiasts and casual spectators, including face painting and balloons for the kids, with “trophies galore” and great prizes for spectators, Fee said.

Participants can set up Saturday and the main event runs 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, July 5. Again this year all proceeds will go to local community services.

For more information, including easy registration visit http://mihra.ca/.