Park in the Park a success despite challenges

In all, 176 vehicles were registered as well as about a dozen fire apparatuses and 20 late vehicles.

This 1922 Mack Fire Truck was one of many classic vehicles at the Park in the Park car show.

The number of vehicles were a bit less than organizers expected, but considering the highway closures and wildfires surrounding the area—the Park in the Park Car Show turned out very well.

“We were very pleased with the car show,” said co-organizer Melodie Davidoff, who runs the event along with husband Lawrence Morgan. “We were ecstatic when the fire trucks began to arrive. As our understanding (which was confirmed) was that they had cancelled all their events due to the fires.”

In all, 176 vehicles were registered as well as about a dozen fire apparatuses and 20 late vehicles. The car show was held on Sunday at City Park amidst sunshine and smoke in the distance.

“We know from phone calls we received that there would have been many more from the Okanagan, if Highway 33 had reopened.”

In addition to the classic cars and other automobiles, the show featured hula hooper Positive Erica, the RCMP rollover simulator, many vendors and a hot wheels track for the kids.

There was also a ride to Greenwood which culminated in a mini car show there. The riders also stopped at Silver Kettle Village before heading west to show off the cars to the residents there.

“We really would like to thank all the people from Vancouver Island and other areas west of Grand Forks for taking alternate routes to get to the car show,” said Davidoff. “We believe 2016 with no fires will be very large indeed.

List of trophy winners:

Winners NameHomesSponsored ByVehicle





Rod McGillivrayKelowna BCRod Dog BBQs1937  Ford Minotti





Bob & Linda BiffordWilliams Lake BCChris Hanlon1956 Chevy Belair
Tony & Polly TopolinskyNelson BCKettle Valley Waste1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS
Ken SchramGrand Forks BCGrand Forks Credit Union1929 Ford Model A
Ed SuretteWinthrop WARedi Electric Ltd1949 Willys Overland
Ivan & Patsy KachanoskiFairmont Hot Springs BCA & W Grand Forks1958 Chevrolet Impala Convertible
Richard JacobsonKelowna BCCommuntiy Futures Boundary1963 Pontiac Grand Prix
John & Janice HiramChristina Lake BCDr. Bruce Gregory Inc1970 Oldsmobile
Brent PetersonGreenacres WAMcEwan & Co. Law Corp2014 Tesla 85S
Bruce & Patti GalbraithGrand Forks BCKootenay Car Care1949 Mercury Pickup
Neil GillespieGrand Forks BCGranby River Dental2011 Harley Streetglide
Bob & Lucinda DupeeChristina Lake BCKettle River Mechanical1971 Morris 1000 Traveller
John GillisGrand Forks BCClyde’s Pub1926 Ford
Rick & Kris EiffertGreenacres WATomkat Automotive1936 Dodge Humpback Sedan Delivery
Mike & Dorothy SweeneyTwisp WAChristina Lake Golf Club1948 Buick Convertible
David & Marilyn KornellKelowna BCBrandenburg Construction1951 Ford
Brian & Sandy KlassenMorris MBUnifab Industries1968 Pontiac Beaumont Wagon
Tony & Polly TopolinskyNelson BCABH Car Sales Ltd1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS
Allan BaileySurrey BCValley Roofing2006 Dodge Charger Daytona
Joe PetersonRepublic WABoundary Country Regional Chamber of Commerce1964 Chev C-10
Alastair BurtChristina Lake BCY & R Water Sales & Service Inc2007 Saxon Warlord
Bruce & Patti GalbraithGrand Forks BCGFCU MoneyWorks2000 Teardrop Replica
Lorne PearsonGrand Forks BCOgloff Financial Services Inc1949 International Farm L Tractor