Ladysmith’s First Avenue will soon be hearing the sound of vintage cars and trucks as the town’s annual Show n Shine is returning to the community on Saturday, August 21.
At the last show in 2019, over 250 vehicles spread along 1st Avenue, making Ladysmith’s car show one of the biggest on the Island.
“Our committee is really excited. There have been no shows on the Island, or the province for that matter so this being one of the first shows to go forward we are expecting a record number of vehicles to line up along 1st Avenue,” Show n Shine Vice-Chair Duck Paterson said.
The 2021 Show n Shine is being dedicated in the memory of Bhagwan Mayer who was a very strong supporter of the local Show n Shine.
“Bhagwan, and his wife Gail, were very large supporters of everything Ladysmith. They felt strongly about community and giving back. Bhagwan had a small collection of 30’s Packards and Cadillacs and you could see him and Gail driving through town often in one of them”, Paterson said.
There will also be a contingent of electric vehicles on display, including Ford’s new E Mustang.
“With the new upcoming technology these types of vehicles will be more and more popular at car shows and we’re waiting to see how they become hot rods and classics over time,” Paterson said.
The Show n Shine will stretch from Roberts Street north to Warren Street and includes High Street from 1st Avenue east to the alley behind the Fox & Hounds Pub. The parking lot of the Vancouver Island Regional Library will also be used as the Ladysmith Kinsmen’s beer garden.
There will be a few concessions, including the Lions Club’s hamburger trailer featuring their breakfasts sandwiches as well.
The car show starts with registration (at Warren St.) beginning at 7:30 am and opening at 10:00 am. Vehicles parked on 1st Avenue after 8 a.m. on the morning of the show will be towed and parked in the gravel lot on Buller St. The show runs till 3:00 pm and the closed streets will re-open by 4:00 pm. The beer garden opens at 11 a.m. and closes at 3:30 p.m.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions the Rod Run, on the night before, will now take place from Sixth Avenue in front of the Frank Jameson Community Centre. The run begins at 7:00 p.m. on Aug. 20.