TV show to film at Peach City Beach Cruise

An episode of My Classic Car will be filmed at the Peach City Beach Cruise in Penticton

An episode of My Classic Car will be filmed at the Peach City Beach Cruise in Penticton.

Hosted by Dennis Gage, the weekly TV show is featured on MAVTV reaching over 100 million households said Peach City Beach Cruise organizers. The handlebar mustachioed host captures people’s love affair with automobiles.

Peach City Beach Cruise, held in Penticton June 23 to 25, draws in thousands of people to view the coolest cars and hottest rides from all-over the Pacific Northwest.

Gage said his own passion for vehicles started young, he bought his first car a 1959 Ford Thunderbird for $100 and learned a valuable lesson.

“Never buy a car at dusk. I woke up in the morning and there was this pink car out there-flamingo pink. So I’m 15, a farm boy, with a pink T-Bird,” said Gage.

Gage, who has filmed an episode of My Classic Car before in Penticton in 2008, has a interesting background starting with going to college, working as a handyman, playing a pedal-steel guitar with a successful country-rock band Mad Foot, getting his Ph.D. in chemistry and working for Procter & Gamble in research and product development.

It was at Mead Johnson that he met Brad Kimmel who, although Gage didn’t know it at the time, was his partner-to-be in My Classic Car. The pair met in 1994 when Gage, on a lark, took a bit part in a TV commercial Kimmel was producing. Walking to their cars after the shoot, Kimmel told Gage how he wanted to create a show about America’s love affair with the automobile, and asked Gage if he was into classic cars. Kimmel needed a character conversant in cars, and Gage fit the bill.

In February of 1995, Gage took a crew to interview a friend who owned a Shelby Mustang. The pair filmed a pilot for their hoped-for series, airing it on two local TV stations. Almost as an afterthought, they flashed one station’s 800 phone number on the screen. The phones at the station lit up, and after 300 calls they had to shut the line down.

Armed with caller data, they approached TNN, and on Jan. 3, 1996, the pilot episode of My Classic Car aired on national cable television. Viewers went wild about the show, and TNN agreed to fund 13 episodes, premiering in January 1997. The show moved from TNN to the Speed channel in 2000, and is now watched by more than a half million viewers every episode.

The Peach City Beach Cruise kicks off on June 23 with the parade of show cars down Penticton’s Main Street. Outdoor stages feature DJs and live music through the weekend including Marty Edwards, a Kenny Rogers tribute artist, Bobby Bruce, a Neil Diamond tribute artist, Elvis tribute artist Jeff Bodnar, Cassie Jean as the Legendary Ladies of Music and other other bands.

The Mackee Classic Car Auction takes place on June 23 and 24 as well there is a outdoor beverage garden, vendors and more to check out at the vintage and classic car show. For more information visit www.peachcitybeachcruise.com.

Just Posted

UPDATED: Okanagan Mountain Park fire forces evacuation alert

Properties from 6006 to 8888 Lakeshore Road are being placed on an evacuation alert

Carrot Mountain fire fans smoke over West Kelowna

A cluster of three fires are burning above West Kelowna

Complete list of B.C. Interior wildfire coverage

Up-to-date information on blazes happening the Kamloops Wildfire Centre

UPDATED: Highway 97 closed again due to wildfire

Motorists may use an alternate route via Highway 97C, Highway 5A and Highway 3

Two fires caused by lightning at Big White last night

The fires are currently being contained

Breaking: More evacuation orders for Mount Eneas wildfire, south of Peachland

The BC Wildfire Service is battling a large wildfire alongside Highway 97 in Peachland.

Update: Summerland wildfire forces PIB state of emergency

More than 40 firefighters are on scene of the wildfire near Mount Conkle, just outside of Summerland.

Hockey trip fraudster receives house arrest

Man duped 16 families with Okanagan Elite Hockey Association out of over $100,000

Four wild fires still burning near Keremeos

One fire was extinguished and another reported after lightning came through area

‘Amazing Race Canada’ competitors face B.C. challenge

They drove Corvettes, mastered falconry basics, and ate blueberry pie in the Cowichan Valley

Installers to battle Team B.C.

Exhibition men’s fastball Saturday in Vernon

Grizzly bear jumps in river, chases B.C. kayaker

The bear got a bit too close for comfort along the Elaho River near Squamish

Parks Canada looks to shine light on cloudy future for historic sites

A plan is in place to produce 10-year plans designed to turn around sagging attendance figures

B.C. poet shines a bright light on struggle with homelessness

Book launch for John La Greca’s Homeless Memorial is at Vernon’s Gallery Vertigo July 21.

Most Read