Five-year-old Henry Glauser admired a “flaming” 1957 Chev Nomad on display Sunday

D.W. Poppy car show in Langley shines in sun

Roughly 700 entries plus a huge hand from Mother Nature made this year’s show the most successful, to date.

Summer-like weather drew a crowd – and scads of vintage and souped-up cars, trucks, and bikes – to the fields of D.W. Poppy Secondary on Sunday for the school’s annual car show.

“The show went great on Sunday – good weather, great cars, and wonderful support from the community,” said Marlene Yakabuski, the committee chair and a parent volunteer with the car show.

The feature attraction were the roughly 700 entries parked on the school’s sports fields.

The roughly $24,000 raised from the show will go to D.W. Poppy Secondary programs, Yakabuski explained.

“This is a fundraiser for our shop and tech-ed departments,” she said. “They are able to purchase tools and technology that are used for the students’ projects and around the school – this year the wish list includes a vinyl cutter, a large format printer, an auto shop oil collection system, and monitors for the hallways in the school.”

Student volunteers had a huge hand in making the fundraiser a success.

The D.W. Poppy basketball teams ran the concession, while the dry grads ran the gates and were paid from the proceeds in support of their dry grad celebration.

New this year were public choice award, and participant choice award that allowed the visitors and car entrants to vote for their favorite car – both trophies along with Principal’s Choice Award were made by the school’s shop departments, using the laser cutter that was purchased from last year’s proceeds.

Yakabuski said this was the most successful car show to date.

“We had some great sponsors and cash donors leading up to the show including our trophy, dash plaque and poster sponsors, our 200 pre-registration option sold out on Wednesday [April 29], the Fort Langley Lions felt they did very well, our concession basically sold out, the dry grads sold over $400 in sunglasses at their booth, and we had a great turnout at the show, with people being generous at the gates,” Yakabuski said. “And we had some very great people come out to share their cars with everyone.”

Prizes were handed out for:

Best in Show Judges’ Choice; Best Rat Rod; Best Muscle Car (Non Modified Factory Stock); Best Custom (Post 1950 Finished Custom any year); Best Street Rod (Hot Rod (car) to 1949); Best Street Rod Truck (1920’s to 1979 includes pick up, van, carryall, delivery etc); Best Import (stock or modified); Best Interior; Best Engine Bay; Best Motorcycle (any make/model/year); Best D.W. Poppy Student vehicle (any make,model, year); Most Unique Vehicle (any make, model, year, includes tractors or military); Low Rider (finished); Principal’s Award (D.W. Poppy principal Balan Moorthy).

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