The 75th anniversary’s Paul Jordan, right, accompanied by Ross Forrest, talks to council about the upcoming special car show they’ve planned. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)

75th anniversary car show coming to Lake Cowichan Sept. 8

They’re expanding the annual A&W car show to include lap at Motorsport Circuit, cavalcade to the Lake

Lake Cowichan town council approved an application to use Saywell Park on Sept. 8 for a special car show.

Paul Jordan, co-chair of the Lake Cowichan 75th anniversary committee, spoke to councillors that night about the event, explaining that the group needed the use of Saywell Park.

“Tonight is the one year anniversary of the night we sat in this chamber and got the OK to start planning for the anniversary. We have managed to create a year-long event for the community, to attract visitors and also to interact with our own businesses and facilities in town. And, it’s not quite over.

“In association with A&W and the Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit, we are creating what we believe to be a very exciting event. We’ve all heard of car shows so when we looked at A&W’s annual car show, we thought: how can we make this a little bit different?

“Courtesy of our friends at the VIMC, we are able to plan something very, very different. It’ll be a unique experience for those that are going to come and enjoy this event,” he said.

They will be staging many cars, but have no idea how many until they arrive.

“It’s very much weather dependent. It’s one of those things that happens on the day. We want to make this a little bit different by having hot rods, muscle cars, and, for the first time, motorbikes. They will arrive at the VIMC, where they will be shown how the circuit works…and its importance in our community. Then, there will be a briefing of all the drivers to acquaint them with the circuit itself. Then, they get to drive around the existing circuit in a controlled, pace car lap. We call it the Lap of Honour.

“Having done that they will create a cavalcade in lots of 20 vehicles, which will then move towards Lake Cowichan. They will arrive in groups of 20. Our first parking area will be the one that’s been traditionally used by A&W, because they want to concentrate activities around the store. It makes sense. What our concern is that, to avoid possible congestion on town streets, we want to see if we can direct these vehicles to a particular area. We recognize that the closest large area is our glorious Saywell Park. One of the concerns we had making this request is that in event of bad weather, we’d have to have another alternative. Obviously we do not want to take the risk of churning up Saywell Park with vehicle tires.”

The cavalcade will leave at approximately 10:30 a.m. from the Motorsport Circuit and arrive between 10:45 and 11 o’clock. Show judging [will take place] between 11:30 and 2:30 p.m. At 3:30 p.m. the awards ceremony will occur.

A&W is also bringing in a band to play. There will not be any additional food trucks, because A&W is a sponsor of the event.

“At 4 p.m. we hope to have everything wrapped up and by 4:30 to have everything completely cleaned up,” Jordan said.

Council gave the OK to the idea at the meeting, breaking from their usual procedure because of the short time line involved.

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