Sarah Bruce
Public Relations / Member Engagement
Email: sarahbruce@ara.bc.ca
Phone: 604-432-7987

ARA’s Show and Shine Reflects 90 Years of Automotive History

Dean Gauthier was the best of show winner

The first annual ARA Show and Shine was a feast for car enthusiasts’ eyes with over two dozen vehicles on display. Attendees admired a variety of entries—from classics to the latest in automobile progress. The event was held in conjunction with the ARA’s annual general meeting in Spirit Ridge Resort in Osoyoos.

“We had cars from as early as 1929 to as recent as 2019—90 years of automotive history in every condition from original to custom and from a value of a few thousand to over $100,000,” said Adrian Scovell, ARA’s president and CEO. “The event was held alongside our Chairman’s Reception on a warm Okanagan evening with a traditional Indian blessing to open the events. The Spirit Ridge cauldron was lit and added warmth as throughout the evening,” said Adrian Scovell, ARA’s president and CEO.

All funds collected from the registrations went directly to the Automotive Retailers Foundation Inc. (ARFI) to support young professionals pursuing careers in the automotive industry. The ARA thanks everyone who participated and brought their beautiful rides to the first-ever Show and Shine and the event sponsor BASF, a major paint supplier to ARA’s members, that helped to make the event a success.

“[The Show and Shine] brought all automotive industry stakeholders together in a social environment recognizing individual passion and talent for the restoration sector,” says Trista Anger, regional business manager of BASF, Western Canada. “I particularly enjoyed seeing local community members gaining positive exposure to the ARA and the automotive industry. BASF looks forward to continued support of this event in the future.”

The inaugural Show and Shine set a strong foundation for future years. The judges had a difficult time picking a winner in each category as all vehicles displayed were unique pieces of automotive art. The best in show award went to the 1951 Chevrolet Pickup, an untouched “barn find” pickup with a furry passenger on the truck bed floor. As Adrian Scovell commented, “The owner’s dog may have been a factor in the win.”

 

Winners of the first ARA’s annual Show and Shine:

  • Classic – Grandsport B35-586 (owner Sheldon Webb)
  • Muscle – 1968 Valiant (owner Bill Traquir)
  • Hot rod – 1929 Ford Tudor, Model A (owner Don Hautaluoma)
  • Trucks – 1955 Chevrolet Pickup (owner Rob Jack)
  • Motorbikes – 1999 Road Star (owner Bill Wardley)
  • Best in show – 1951 Chevrolet Pickup (owner Dean Gauthier)