Some sun and no rain for Lakers Car Club Show and Shine in Williams Lake

Classic cards sporting classic lines and chrome were on display at the Lakers Car Club Show and Shine in Williams Lake on May 29, 2022. (Ruth Lloyd photo - Williams Lake Tribune)Classic cards sporting classic lines and chrome were on display at the Lakers Car Club Show and Shine in Williams Lake on May 29, 2022. (Ruth Lloyd photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Fairlanes were parked alongside flared fenders for the Lakers Car Club Show and Shine on May 29, 2022. Chad Baba takes a look inside. (Ruth Lloyd photo - Williams Lake Tribune)Fairlanes were parked alongside flared fenders for the Lakers Car Club Show and Shine on May 29, 2022. Chad Baba takes a look inside. (Ruth Lloyd photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Will Lethbridge, on left, was asking Sash Koesch all about the Swinn Whizzer Kokesch and his father restored during the Lakers Car Club Show and Whine in Williams Lake on May 29, 2022.Will Lethbridge, on left, was asking Sash Koesch all about the Swinn Whizzer Kokesch and his father restored during the Lakers Car Club Show and Whine in Williams Lake on May 29, 2022.
A rare 1964 Studenbaker Avanti restored by Brian Cave of Merritt, B.C., was on display at the Lakers Car Club Show and Shine in Williams Lake on May 29, 2022. The Avanti is considered to have inspired many of the popular styles which followed. Cave, viewing his car here, wanted to own a Studebaker since he was 16. His father owned his first one in 1929 and before Cave had a car of his own he rode his bicycle 10 miles to go and look at one and has wanted one ever since. The Avanti he has restored is one of 509 ever made and has a top speed of 145 miles per hour.(Ruth Lloyd photo - Williams Lake Tribune)A rare 1964 Studenbaker Avanti restored by Brian Cave of Merritt, B.C., was on display at the Lakers Car Club Show and Shine in Williams Lake on May 29, 2022. The Avanti is considered to have inspired many of the popular styles which followed. Cave, viewing his car here, wanted to own a Studebaker since he was 16. His father owned his first one in 1929 and before Cave had a car of his own he rode his bicycle 10 miles to go and look at one and has wanted one ever since. The Avanti he has restored is one of 509 ever made and has a top speed of 145 miles per hour.(Ruth Lloyd photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
John Pickford, left, stands with pilot Jessica James of <em>Lost Car </em><em>Rescue</em>, after she signed and gave him a photograph of the cast from the reality TV series. James was on a quick visit to catch up with some local fans and promote the show at the Lakers Car Club Show and Shine on May 29, 2022 in Williams Lake. James had some big news about the show she couldn’t yet publish. The announcement is expected June 2. (Ruth Lloyd photo - Williams Lake Tribune)John Pickford, left, stands with pilot Jessica James of Lost Car Rescue, after she signed and gave him a photograph of the cast from the reality TV series. James was on a quick visit to catch up with some local fans and promote the show at the Lakers Car Club Show and Shine on May 29, 2022 in Williams Lake. James had some big news about the show she couldn’t yet publish. The announcement is expected June 2. (Ruth Lloyd photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
A patron of the Lakers Car Club Show and Shine on May 29 in downtown Williams Lake checks out under the hood of a 1938 Buick from the 108 Mile Ranch. (Ruth Lloyd photo - Williams Lake Tribune)A patron of the Lakers Car Club Show and Shine on May 29 in downtown Williams Lake checks out under the hood of a 1938 Buick from the 108 Mile Ranch. (Ruth Lloyd photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
The Lakers Car Club in Williams Lake hosted what felt like a festival of cars from foreign to domestic and motorbikes to tough trucks and everything in between. May 29, 2022 in downtown Williams Lake. (Ruth Lloyd photo - Williams Lake Tribune)The Lakers Car Club in Williams Lake hosted what felt like a festival of cars from foreign to domestic and motorbikes to tough trucks and everything in between. May 29, 2022 in downtown Williams Lake. (Ruth Lloyd photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
The Lakers Car Club hosted their Spring Roundup Show and Shine in a new more central downtown location. (Ruth Lloyd photo - Williams Lake Tribune)The Lakers Car Club hosted their Spring Roundup Show and Shine in a new more central downtown location. (Ruth Lloyd photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Axton Rogers was shy about having his photo taken, but not about his enthusiasm for trying out Corey Price’s 1989 J and J Sprint Car. The track racer hits the corners at 147 km per hour on the oval and boasts an impressive 600 horsepower. (Ruth Lloyd photo - Williams Lake Tribune)Axton Rogers was shy about having his photo taken, but not about his enthusiasm for trying out Corey Price’s 1989 J and J Sprint Car. The track racer hits the corners at 147 km per hour on the oval and boasts an impressive 600 horsepower. (Ruth Lloyd photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Things were definitely shining during the Lakers Car Club Annual Spring Roundup Shown and Shine on May 29, 2022, including the chrome details on this 1947 Pontiac. (Ruth Lloyd photo - Williams Lake Tribune)Things were definitely shining during the Lakers Car Club Annual Spring Roundup Shown and Shine on May 29, 2022, including the chrome details on this 1947 Pontiac. (Ruth Lloyd photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Chad Baba takes time to check out a T-bird convertible, one of the many vehicles entered in the Lakers Car Club Annual Spring Roundup Show and Shine on May 29, 2022 in Williams Lake. (Ruth Lloyd photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
The Lakers Car Club in Williams Lake hosted what felt like a festival of cars from foreign to domestic and motorbikes to tough trucks and everything in between. May 29, 2022 in downtown Williams Lake. See more on A19, A20 and B4 . (Ruth Lloyd photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
The Lakers Car Club in Williams Lake hosted what felt like a festival of cars from foreign to domestic and motorbikes to tough trucks and everything in between. May 29, 2022 in downtown Williams Lake. (Ruth Lloyd photo - Williams Lake Tribune)The Lakers Car Club in Williams Lake hosted what felt like a festival of cars from foreign to domestic and motorbikes to tough trucks and everything in between. May 29, 2022 in downtown Williams Lake. See more on A19, A20 and B4 . (Ruth Lloyd photo - Williams Lake Tribune) The Lakers Car Club in Williams Lake hosted what felt like a festival of cars from foreign to domestic and motorbikes to tough trucks and everything in between. May 29, 2022 in downtown Williams Lake. (Ruth Lloyd photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

The Lakers Car Club hosted their Annual Spring Roundup Show and Shine on Sunday, May 29 in downtown Williams Lake, and luckily, the sun chose to shine as well.

The streets of downtown were packed with people, and the new location in the heart of town, using Spirit Square and Oliver Street, created a lively centre with lots to see, hear and even eat.

It was an incredible turnout, with around 215 entries, a first-ever kids’ class, music, food vendors, and even attendance by local celebrity pilot Jessica James of the reality TV series Lost Car Rescue.

Originally from Nimpo Lake, James was signing autographed pictures of the show’s cast for fans of the car salvage reality series and was able to disclose there will be an announcement on June 2. While the Tribune will have gone to press, information will be available online for fans of Lost Car Rescue via wltribune.com.

James repeated how Nimpo Lake, the area, and even the Tribune have a “big ol’ piece of my heart” as she was enjoying taking in the event.

Cars in attendance included a broad range, from street racers to rare classic cars, and each one had a story behind it, with more than just cars on display.

There were motorcycles, track cars not legal for the road, a 4×4 monster truck, and a motorized bicycle.

The Schwinn Whizzer on display by Sasha Kokesch was a restoration with an incredible backstory.

Bought new in 1947, the bicycle was his grandmother’s, and she chose all of the modifications, including front suspension forks, a rare modification at the time, now standard on most motorcycles and mountain bikes.

Kokesch grew up hearing stories about the “mystical Schwinn bicycle” his grandma rode to and from her job as a schoolteacher in rural Saskatchewan.

She rode it until it was worn out and she retired the bike sometime in the 1950s, then the bike was stored in a grain elevator for years.

In about 2007, Kokesch said his dad got the bike back and the two of them began restoring it, which took a few years to do.

Eventually, the Schwinn Whizzer was once again ready to run and Kokesch choked up as he recalled the day he was able to take his grandmother for a ride on her beloved bike.

Due to macular degeneration, his grandmother is legally blind, but she still loved getting to sit on the back as they drove the classic bike around Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, where she still lives at 93 years old.

She entered her bicycle in the Rocky Mountain House car show and won the best overall trophy after the work Kokesch and his father did.

The bike is now kept in a specially-made display cabinet in their home, but it gets to come out and run from time to time at car shows, where Kokesch can share this family history and a rare and beautiful bicycle.It was a day for collectors to share their cars and enthusiasts to collect photos and stories, as each entry seemed to have a tale behind it, whether it was how the vehicle was found, the process of restoring it or why this particular type of vehicle meant so much to the owner.

All-in-all it was a day for even those who aren’t car crazy to enjoy a vibrant public event in downtown with something for everyone to appreciate, including the weather.

Read more: Lakers Car Club gears up for return of Show and Shine in Williams Lake

Read more: Float plane pilot Jessica James lands lead role in History channel show, Lost Car Rescue



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