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Royal City Show & Shine returns this weekend

There will still be the hundreds of custom, classic, vintage and specialty cars people have come to expect at the Royal City Show & Shine, but this year there wlll be some added fun to the mix. - Chris Bryan/NewsLeader file
There will still be the hundreds of custom, classic, vintage and specialty cars people have come to expect at the Royal City Show & Shine, but this year there wlll be some added fun to the mix.
— image credit: Chris Bryan/NewsLeader file

The Key West Ford Show & Shine returns on Sunday, July 14 to offer car enthusiasts of every age an impressive display of custom, classic, vintage and speciality cars and trucks.

New Westminster’s Columbia Street will be closed to traffic, allowing tens of thousands of guests to interact with car experts, collectors, merchants and the community.

The event is free and runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and more than 350 cars, trucks and bikes are expected to be on display.

Kim Nicholl is hoping the inaugural vintage bicycle display she’s organizing for the Show & Shine on Sunday will be inspiring.

“My vision is people are going to come down and see the bikes and remember them from their youth, and then get them back on their bikes,” says Nicholl, co-owner of New West Cycle.

Nicholl is on the special events committee of the Downtown New Westminster Business Improvement Area (BIA), which puts on the Show & Shine, and they were looking for ways to expand to other areas of transportation.

So they’ve set aside an area in front of the police station at Columbia and Sixth streets for a bike display.

Her shop and Epik Bikes are co-sponsors with participation from Pink Bike and Toxik Design Lab as well.

“They’re going to see a selection of bicycles from antique, vintage, and more modern rides,” says Nicholl.

Some may recall riding adult bikes without gears to change and brakes that required slamming backward on the pedals to make it stop. Many had makeshift wicker or metal baskets clamped to the front or rat trap racks on the back, predecessors of today’s fancy panniers.

Nicholl notes there’s been a resurgence in interest in the old style bikes. New West Cycle sees plenty of them come through its doors as people, often inspired by watching shows like American Pickers and Canadian Pickers, show up with their grandparents’ or parents’ bicycles they’ve pulled out of a garage or basement looking for them to be restored.

Every year the Vancouver Cruisers vintage bike club treks out to check out the Show & Shine, and this time many of them will become part of the show. Nicholl is allowing registration for the bicycle display right up until 3 p.m. on Sunday so those riders can participate. Anyone with a vintage bike can also pre-register by calling New West Cycle at 778-397-3971.

“I’m really excited. I think it’s a good blend,” says Nicholl of having bicycles be part of a classic car show. “I’m hoping it takes off.”

The Show & Shine is also adding an Electric Avenue, says BIA executive director Kendra Johnston. The City of New Westminster will demonstrate a mock charging station, and they’ve got participation from several organizations including the Vancouver Electric Vehicle Association bringing its 1912 Detroit electric.

“It’s going to draw some different demographics out, and it’s going to showcase the many ways you can get around,” says Johnston of the 14th annual show including electric vehicles and vintage bicycles. “Yes, it’s a car show but you need to do something a little bit different to keep them coming back.”

The fun runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Downtown stretch of Columbia Street. Along with cars, motorcycles and bikes, there will be live entertainment and food trucks.

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