Friday, September 24, 2010

Hot Nite in the City Show & Shine 2010 ~ Kamloops, BC, Canada

The 16th annual Hot Nite in the City Show and Shine, otherwise called a Car Show for car enthusiasts, was held downtown Kamloops this summer once again.  When it began it was a one night event but it drew so many people that it was too short a time for too many people.  With over 25,000 or more people enjoying the popular event, it is now held during the day but the name was a great one, so it remained the same.
Banner flies above Victoria St., Kamloops, BC
The event is held the first Friday and Saturday of August and has become a tradition for those that bring their beautiful vehicles every year, as well as those that enjoy looking at them.  Several blocks of Victoria St. as well as the avenues that cross them, are all filled with almost 350 cars and trucks this year.

Hot Nite in the City, Kamloops, BC

The crowds walk down the middle of Victoria Street to get a good look at the entrants in Hot Nite. There are Street Rods, Customs, American Muscle, Sport-compacts, British & European, Collectors and Vintage as well as other varieties on display.

Hot Nite in the City 2010, Kamloops, BC

The weekend begins with a Poker Run held on Friday night.  This year began at the Plaza Heritage Hotel and ended at the A&W downtown, with stops at seniors’ complexes on the journey.  No doubt that was enjoyed by many of the residents there.

Coca-Cola themed Trillium

Cars and trucks are not the only participants in this event.  There were some travel trailers of years ago that may not resemble what they looked like back then but are definitely fun to look at now.  Collectors of Coca-Cola memorabilia would enjoy this entry.

Lesley and Adele for Run for the Cure
Other participants in the Hot Nite Show & Shine are booths like this one from the CIBC Run for the Cure with tireless volunteers Lesley and Adele spreading the word of the upcoming event.  Clik here for more information on the Run. Also local bands play on stages set up for the event and this is all free !

Show and Shine, Kamloops, BC
Their pride shows when you look at some of these vehicles, that are trophies in themselves.  The time and money invested in making many what they are today, is for very dedicated car owners, but a hobby that many enjoy.  Care must be taken when viewing these to prevent scratching or marking them.

Hours of planning and preparation done by the volunteers over the previous months shows in the success of this event.  Many of the participants come for miles to showcase their cars and trucks and appreciate the great community support that they receive from young and old.  Just another reason why we love Kamloops, there is no place like home.

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