100 Mile House is about to get a whole lot louder when Hot July Nights revs up on July 15.
More than 200 classic cars and motorcycles will be rolling into town for the three-day event to show off amazing classics and retrofitted muscle icons.
Event organizer Gary Hales says he is hoping to have more vehicles turn up than there were at last year’s event.
“We are hoping for more than 250 vehicles to turn up. But mainly we hope for good weather and a great time for everyone who comes out.”
The classic vehicle extravaganza will begin with a meet-and-greet at 6 p.m. at the 100 Mile House A&W. At 8 p.m., drivers will take their vehicles around town in a Hot Rod Run parade.
Last year, the run went through Lone Butte, so this time, the residents of 100 Mile House will get to see these automotive classics roll down the streets of their town.
The drivers and their vehicles will reunite the next day at the South Cariboo Rec. Centre at 2 p.m. to register for the Poker Run competition. After registration ends at 3 p.m., participating drivers will participate in the race.
Drivers will have to navigate to five different checkpoints around 100 Mile House to collect five playing cards. Once all five cards have been collected, drivers must get to the Little Horse Lodge before 4:30 p.m. to be eligible for the grand prizes.
The driver who has the highest hand will be the winner of the event with prizes also going to second and third place. Dinner and live entertainment by the Golden Tunes from Lac la Hache will follow at 5:30 p.m.
The grand celebration will come to a finale on July 17 with all cars converging on Centennial Park at 8 a.m. After all drivers have entered and set up their vehicles along the pathway, the public will be allowed to enter at 10 a.m.
While car enthusiasts and the general public talk about the vehicles, judges will be going around inspecting and selecting the best in show winners.
Last year’s Best of Show (Jack Barnett Memorial Trophy) was awarded to Jos Greensen of Williams Lake for his 1967 Acadian Canso.
The list of awards will run from vehicles made before 1929 to those made in 2016. There will also be several motorcycle awards to be given out, including best Japanese, best American, and best European bike.
There will be several food vendors on site, including Country Prime Meats, Blender Bender and 100 Mile House Lions Club. The 100 Mile & District Women’s Centre will also be selling Tim Hortons coffee and 50/50 tickets for two separate draws. All proceeds will go to the 100 Mile House & District Women’s Centre.