Cranbrook was alive with the roar of muscle cars, dragsters and sports cars brought out to take part in the second annual Brothers Insurance Charity Car Show. This year the show was held in the Western Financial Place parking lot and the weather was a hot, sunny day. The lot was packed with cars from the early 20th century right up to this year’s brand new models. There was also a number of booths set up with representatives from various dealerships around town.
This year, money raised benefits the Cranbrook Eagles Boxing Club and the local community. The amount raised hadn’t yet been tallied as of press time.
Ari Kupritz, from Brothers Insurance, said there were around 180 vehicles in the show and shine.
“We had a great turnout, vendors were awesome, we had a bigger presence from the dealers this year,” Kupritz said.
On Saturday, there was a special drive-in movie night, with a screening of the film Need for Speed. Everyone could bring their vehicle to Moir park and relive the old days of a night at the movies the old-fashioned way.
“We raised some good money there, the parking lot was almost full. It was great,” Kupritz said, adding that they are always open to suggestions about what people want to see for the movie when it comes around again next year.
On Sunday, the Show and Shine brought hundreds of people out to the event at the recplex parking lot.
There was an assortment of vehicles including lowrider trucks with chromed deep-dish rims, a full on drag racer that was trucked to the event and of course custom hot rods with big V8s.
There were also custom motorcycles, cafe racers and super bikes on display.
From 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. those in attendance could fill out a voting card with their top picks for categories such best sports car, best import and best custom. Then at around 3 p.m. prize plaques and trophies were handed out for the best of show and other awards.
Kupritz said they will definitely be holding the event again next year.
“We’ll try to find something cool to spruce it up,” he said.
For instance, he noted that this year they had the CAWTE Motorsports pro-mod drag car owned by Optimistic Enterprises.
“They fired it up all right, I think half the town probably heard it,” he said. “It’s a serious car.”
The pro-mod drag car runs the quarter mile in under six seconds.
There was also Mad Max Go-Carts set up off to the side as well.
He said they are open to suggestions for all aspects of the events.
“If some people didn’t like the trophy classes, or they want to see other ones added, they are welcome to give suggestions,” he said, adding that they are hoping to hear overall suggestions on the event.
If you have comments or suggestions, you can call 250-489-0886 or stop in at Brothers Insurance in Cranbrook at 1317 Cranbrook St N.