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PHOTOS: As weather heats up, Vernon car show revs up

Sun Valley Cruise-In continues Sunday in Polson Park amid heat warning

The 26th annual Sun Valley Cruise-In car show pulled up on Vernon's 30th Avenue Saturday, July 6, and continued Sunday in sweltering weather. 

Hundreds of classic, new and restored cars lined main street Saturday and Polson Park Sunday, with owners chatting with attendees while beating the 31C heat in the shade where possible.

The day started out with a Lions Club pancake breakfast at Watkin Motors Ford, followed by a cruise through the North Okanagan that ended in Vernon. 

Food vendors, exhibitors and a pin-up pageant were part of the fun alongside the wide variety of cars, trucks and motorcycles. 

Scott Usher had his 1974 Dodge Charger displayed on 30th Saturday afternoon. He purchased the vehicle 25 years ago, spent 10 years restoring it, and has been enjoying it on the road for 15 years.

He said he had a lot of help building the now sparkling grey Charger, but he also knows a thing or two about cars himself, from years of experience and at times out of necessity. 

"When you're young and you buy that first cheap car, the only one you can afford, you have to become a bit of a mechanic to keep it working," he said.

Usher has been coming to the Cruise-In car show for about 13 years.

"It's a great show every year," he said. 

Organizers said last year's Cruise-In was the largest and most well-attended event to date. 



Brendan Shykora

About the Author: Brendan Shykora

I started at the Morning Star as a carrier at the age of 8. In 2019 graduated from the Master of Journalism program at Carleton University.
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