Princeton Ambassador Carmen Brodie

Princeton Ambassador Carmen Brodie

Classics and hot rods fill weekend in Princeton

Bridge Street and the Princeton Airport were the spots to be this past weekend in Princeton.

On Saturday, Bridge Street, Princeton lined up with over 130 classic, collector, works in progress and works of art—cars, trucks and motorcycles.

Spectators were also able to view the Princeton Posse Zamboni, the Princeton Highway Extrication Rescue truck as well as vehicles from the Princeton Volunteer Fire Department. The fire department brought out their Bickel Fire Truck to show off and sold some ‘hot jelly’ as a fundraiser to help restore the old Bickel.

Registrants entered locally as well as from Chilliwack, Osoyoos, Washington, Merritt, Kelowna, Vancouver, the Island, Penticton and throughout the Okanagan.

“It is great—a fantastic turnout,” said Mac MacDonald, organizer of the A&W/Princeton Show n’ Shine. “Sunshine, hot cars, hot band—what more could you ask for.”

Entertainment was provided by the Allenby Road Band again this year, giving folks the opportunity to ‘dance a little too.’

Princeton Ambassador Carmen Brodie and Friendship Ambassador Morgan Whelpton helped out with the event and graciously greeted spectators.

The Princeton Secondary Senior Girls basketball team offered attendees a great way to cool themselves down. The girls made and sold neck cooling scarves as a fundraiser for their team.

MacDonald and her group of volunteers greatly appreciate the support of their corporate sponsors; Princeton A&W and Mac’s Auto Parts.

Registrants receive prizes at the event, some purchased by the committee—many donated from local business. “Their support is awesome,” adds MacDonald.

All funds raised from this event stay within the community. Each year the A&W/Princeton Show ‘n’ Shine committee choose benefactors—the announcement for this year will be shared at a later date.

On Sunday, the weekend fun continued with the Canadian Bull Run Rally.

Robbie Dickson, founder of the Canadian Bull Run Rally says that the rally is for “emphatic gear-heads who love sports cars and love driving.”

Teams in the rally include; Revvin (Corvette Z06), Sinnister (Mercedes McLaren SLR), Cha Chuda (Challenger RT8), Ram Rod (BMW Alpina B7), Black Top Bandits (Nissan GT-R), Northland Dodge (Spyker C8), Team Zilla (Nissan GT-R Black), Stasis (Ferrari 360 Spyder), Ranger (Murcielago) Sunny Side Up (Ferrari 360 Spyder), Valentina (Mercedes G55), No Leash (Porche GT3), Euro Exotic (Bentley Continental GT), Kentucky Kiwis (Cadillac Escalade Platinum), Team Axis (Porche 911 C4), Team Tailboys (BMW 328i), Maddog Bobby (Aventador -the first in Canada) and Dirty Drew (BMW 328i).

Organizers Robbie Dickson, Dimitri Apostolopholous and Andrew Gray brought the rally to Princeton.

From about 1 p.m. until 2, approximately 550 event attendees were able to get up close and personal with the cars and speak with the team members. Owners/drivers allowed residents to sit in the vehicles and photos were taken a-plenty.

From just after 2 p.m., Supercar drag racing took place on the Princeton Airport Runway until just before 4. A couple of smoke shows were added to give the crowd an extra thrill.

Malaika Jackson, host of VTV (Vancouver Television) was present filming and interviewing event participants.

As a thank you to Princeton for the use of the airport, a cheque for $2000 was presented. $1000 for the Basketball program at Princeton Secondary School, $700 for an new after school program at Vermilion Forks Elementary and $300 to the Princeton Volunteer Fire Department to assist them with Fire Safety Week.

During the cheque presentation Mayor Frank Armitage (dubbed the singing Mayor from rally organizers) welcomed and thanked the rally participants for bringing the event to Princeton.

Robbie Dickson responded by thanking the Mayor and community for allowing them to “use our playground.”

Both rally organizers and the Princeton event organizers are hopeful to have this as a yearly event.

Keep up with the Canadian Bull Run by visiting

canadianbullrun.com or follow on Facebook www.facebook.com/CanadianBullrun