A row of Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky cars line Commonage Road during last year’s Pacific Northwest regionals tour

A row of Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky cars line Commonage Road during last year’s Pacific Northwest regionals tour

Kappas roll out OK tour

A rare sighting, guaranteed to attract a lot of onlookers, is about to cruise through town.

A rare sighting, guaranteed to attract a lot of onlookers, is about to cruise through town.

Upwards of 50 Saturn Sky and Pontiac Solstices are scheduled to roll through Vernon Saturday, Aug. 20 on an Okanagan tour.

The Kappas (a GM platform which the Solstice, Sky and Europe’s Opel GT are built on) will be on tour of the valley as part of the Pacific Northwest regionals.

“The car itself is fairly rare and to have 50 of them in one location is quite strange,” said Geoff White of Lavington, who has helped bring the attraction to town.

“It’s a nice looking car and they attract a lot of attention,” said White, who drives a highly modified, super charged 2006 green Solstice.

Kappas were built from 2006 to 2010, then discontinued when GM divested Pontiac and Saturn divisions, so the car is expected to become a collectable.

This year’s event, which is the fourth annual, includes drivers from as far as California and Saskatchewan. It includes members of the Western Canada Kappa Club hosting guests from the Pacific Northwest Roadsters, out of Portland, Ore. The actual event takes place in Penticton, but the cars will be cruising around the Okanagan.

They’ll take the twisty drive up the west side of Okanagan Lake, making a photo opp stop at La Casa Resort around 1:15 p.m. before a brief stop on St. Annes Road around 2 p.m.

The cars are expected to refuel at the 32nd Street Chevron shortly before 3 p.m. along their cruise through Vernon. Then heading out Bella Vista Road, past Kin Beach, the group will roll on down Bench Row Road for another photo opp at 3:15 p.m. before heading back through to Kelowna and Penticton.

“The whole thing is to promote the Okanagan,” said White’s co-pilot Beverly. “It’s probably the only time you’ll see this many of these cars in one place.”