More than 500 cars will be on display in Peachland this Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. as the community celebrates the 16th annual World of Wheels car show.
Peachland’s largest one-day event is expected to bring out more than 10,000 spectators this year as classic and antique cars are lined up along Beach Avenue.
World of Wheels began in 1997 with a few dozen antique and classic cars in downtown Peachland. Now the community event has grown to be one of the largest car shows in the B.C. Interior.
World of Wheels entrants will 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, The Regals and the K-Town Drifters featuring David L. Ross, will perform throughout the car show.
A bouncy castle will be set up for kids. There will be vendors in Cousins Park and throughout downtown Peachland, serving food and selling everything from automotive related items to sunglasses.
New this year are some unique food vendors, including a European style vendor holding a pig roast and vendors serving Thai food and fish tacos. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be available in Cousins Park.
The World of Wheels command centre, which will offer information and first aid, will be located in Cousins Park.
“There will be lots of motorcycles this year, including vintage motorcycles,” said Pam Cunningham, World of Wheels committee chair.
“We will also have vintage boats on display in the downtown day wharf.”
In order to make way for World of Wheels, parking is not allowed on Beach Avenue, from the Peachland Museum to 8th Street, after midnight Saturday. Any vehicles left parked in the area Sunday morning will be towed away.
“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 will be rerouted throughout the car show. Beach Avenue is closed to all vehicle traffic from 1st to 8th Streets, from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. During that time, there will be one-way, emergency access northbound through the downtown core via Waldo Way.
A limited number of disabled parking spaces will be available on Beach Avenue in front of Cousins Park that can be accessed from the north end of downtown.
Beach Ride Rental Company will be supplying a rickshaw type bicycle service to transport those with mobility issues from the Peachland Community Centre to 1st Street and back again. The service is by donation.
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.