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Car picnic will be very interesting

Many interesting cars wil be on display during the Rotary Club of South Cowichan’s interesting car picnic at Frances Kelsey Secondary School Sunday. To sign up to display as an artisan, call David (250-743-2776). For more information about the show, contact Dave Knott (250-743-9114) or email dtknott@shaw.ca. - courtesy Dave Knott
Many interesting cars wil be on display during the Rotary Club of South Cowichan’s interesting car picnic at Frances Kelsey Secondary School Sunday. To sign up to display as an artisan, call David (250-743-2776). For more information about the show, contact Dave Knott (250-743-9114) or email dtknott@shaw.ca.
— image credit: courtesy Dave Knott

Arte Johnson would have loved this picnic.

Johnson, for those who never watched Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, a TV series that ran from 1967 to 1973, was famous for playing Wolfgang, a smoking Second World War German soldier, whose favourite line was, “very interesting.”

He would have loved the Rotary Club of South Cowichan’s, Interesting Car Picnic, being held Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Organizer Dave Knott said the only prerequisite for entering your car is if you think it’s interesting.

“If you think your Dodge Caravan is interesting, come along; it’s funny but some people find them interesting too,” he said. Motorbikes are also welcome.

One of the more interesting cars Knott has personally seen in the 29 years he’s been involved with the event was a horse-drawn buggy, with tiller steering. The Holley, built in the early 1900s, was manufactured before the steering wheel.

In past years, entrants have included Stanley steamers, military tanks, muscle cars, Italian super cars, and sled dog sleighs.

The event originally started one day more than 29 years ago, after a group of local car enthusiasts drove around the Cowichan Valley. At the end of the drive, Brentwood College House Master John Queen invited them back to the college grounds for a picnic.

“We went from there,” Knott said.

This year’s event will be held at Frances Kelsey School. If the weather’s good, the car enthusiast said organizers expect about 120 owners and their cars, from up and down the island.

Prizes are given in a variety of categories, including largest headlights, biggest fins, or oldest cars.

“We make the categories up on the day,” he said, laughing. “One year, a car showed up that was brass plated. They got the prize for the most polishing needed.”

And there’s the ever-popular people’s choice award.

This year, unlike previous years, there’ll be no junk in the trunk; where junk was sold from people’s trunks. Instead, a wide variety of artisans, including potters, jewelers, woodworkers and bakers have been invited to show their wares. The entry fee is $40.

Entry fees for cars are $15 and the first 100 entrants will get a dash plaque, that can be stuck on the dash, commemorating the picnic’s 29th-annual event.

For those who don’t bring a picnic, there’ll be a variety of food wagons available.

Funds raised will go to The Cobble Hill, Mill Bay and Shawnigan Lake Food Bank, the Cowichan Valley Hospice and various scholarship winners the Rotary Club funds.

Your ticket

What: An Interesting Car Picnic

When: August 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Frances Kelsey School, 953 Shawnigan Mill Bay Road, Mill Bay

To Enter: To sign up to display as an artisan, call David at 250-743-2776.  For more information about the car show, contact Dave at 250-743-9114 or email dtknott@shaw.ca

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