Peachland: Check out the World of Wheels

The annual May long weekend car show & shine expected to draw up to 10,000 spectators.

The largest one-day event in Peachland returns this Sunday. The World of Wheels Show and Shine is expected to bring out more than 10,000 spectators and 500-plus awesome classic and antique cars.

World of Wheels began in 1997 with a few dozen antique and classic cars in downtown Peachland. It has grown to one of the largest car shows in the B.C. Interior.

World of Wheels entrants begin registration at tables set up at both ends of the downtown core at 7 a.m. Entrants are invited to a pancake breakfast downtown sponsored by the Peachland Lions Club. Registration ends at 10:30 a.m.

Two live bands will perform throughout the car show, with The Regals taking to the stage in Heritage Park and Six Gun Romeo performing in Cousins Park.

A bouncy castle will be set up for kids and there will be lots of vendors in the downtown area, serving up food and selling everything from automotive related items to sunglasses. Limited edition World of Wheels T-shirts will be on sale at Johnston Meier Insurance.

“We have many fantastic sponsors this year from Peachland, West Kelowna and Kelowna,” said Pam Cunningham, World of Wheels committee chair. “Thank you to all our sponsors for helping to make the show a big success.”

Spectators are invited to view sponsor boards set up at both ends of the car show.

“There will be lots of motorcycles this year, including vintage motorcycles,” said Cunningham. “We’ll also have a display of vehicles from the Western Canada Viper Club.”

In order to make way for World of Wheels, parking is not allowed on Beach Avenue, from the Peachland Museum to Eighth Street, after midnight Saturday. Any vehicles left parked in the area Sunday morning will be towed away.

So many classic and antique cars are expected this year that they may be parked all the way to Eighth Street. This will extend the usual pedestrian only area from First to Eighth Streets.

“Because of the sheer volume of entries, we encourage everyone to stay away from downtown Peachland with their personal vehicles,” said Cunningham. “By 11 a.m., there simply will not be any parking available.”

Traffic is rerouted throughout the car show. From 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. there will only be one-way traffic allowed through the downtown core via Waldo Way (the downtown back alley, from south to north.

A limited number of handicap parking spaces will be available on Beach Avenue in front of Cousins Park that can be accessed from the north end of downtown. Valley Moto Sport is supplying a side-by-side vehicle that will be stationed at the World of Wheels command post in Cousins Park. Volunteers will use it to shuttle disabled persons and those with mobility issues downtown.

To help pedestrians, Realtor Roger Cyr is hiring two school buses that will operate a route from Clements Crescent, next to Peachland Centre Mall, to the corner of 13th Street and Beach Avenue and then down Beach Avenue to the car show, picking up pedestrians along the way. Rides are by donation to the Peachland Food Bank. Parking at the mall will be strictly enforced and World of Wheels participants will only be allowed to park around the perimeter of the mall’s parking lot, although there is some parking available on Clements Crescent.

The World of Wheels Show and Shine takes place Sunday, May 20 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.