Visitors to the Cars, Rods and Rides show in Esquimalt can find numerous examples of vintage collectible, electric vehicles, specialty cars and more. It runs Saturday Sept. 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Photo courtesy Gordon Garside/Esquimalt Camera Club

Cars, Rods and Rides attracts wide variety of vehicles to Esquimalt

Seventh annual event happens Sept. 8 on Archie Browning Sports Centre parking lot

It’s not often that you can see military transport vehicles, classic hot rods and sleek new sports cars side by side.

Attendees of the seventh annual Cars, Rods and Rides show and shine in Esquimalt will see just that on the parking lot behind the Archie Browning Sports Centre next Saturday (Sept. 8). Local car buffs will have their vehicles on display along with restored military vehicles from Western Command and a trio of new BMWs and a vintage model.

Show co-founder Lorne Argyle says organizers always try to bring in something new that people may not have seen before. That has ranged from homemade electric vehicles to rare, restored classics.

“We started the car show because we hadn’t had one since the 50s and 60s,” he says of the event, for which late Esquimalt resident and classic car collector Dino Fiorin was a major driving force. “We thought it would be a good idea for people to see how transportation has changed and how people have adapted.”

Celebration of Lights volunteers will circulate through the crowd selling 50/50 tickets at both the car show and Ribfest, which runs throughout the weekend at Bullen Field next door. Proceeds from the ticket sales go to help stage the Christmastime parade and festival.

Argyle says the presence of Ribfest provides a huge benefit for the car show.

“It draws in thousands of people that the car show wouldn’t draw [on its own],” he says. “To go to Ribfest you have to walk through the cars.”

RELATED: Esquimalt field of dreams needs funding boost

Attendees of the car show are also encouraged to bring new unwrapped toys or donations for 100.3 The Q’s TLC fund, the event’s charity of choice.

For the second year, attendees will be asked to vote for the People’s Choice Award, which will be handed out in honour of Fiorin, and features an image of him and his pristine 1931 Model A.

The car show runs Sept. 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vehicle participants, for whom a $5 registration fee is charged, are asked to arrive by 8 a.m. to sign in and find a parking spot. The Esquimalt Lions Club is providing its famous $5 pancake breakfast starting at 7 a.m. and the public is welcome to take part.

For more information, visit or call Argyle at 250-920-0946.


(Above and upper left) Visitors to the Cars, Rods and Rides show in Esquimalt can find numerous examples of early iron, electric vehicles, specialty cars and more. It runs Saturday Sept. 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Photo courtesy Gordon Garside/Esquimalt Camera Club

Just Posted

WINE NOTES: From Down Under cab sauv value to a glorious Tuscany altesino

Monday wine connoiseur Robert Moyes weighs in on vintages from both hemispheres

Arkells rallying around their fans

Canada’s biggest band (for now) looks to outdo their last show in Victoria

DANCING ANYONE? Museum puts a swing into your step

Royal BC Museum hosting its next adult-only Night Shift event, a swing dance/mixer

Getting OUT with Intrepid Theatre

OUTstages queer theatre festival features packed week of entertainment for fifth anniversary

Vic High theatre staging musical class struggle tale

Cry Baby a love story and social commentary piece presented with campy style

VIDEO: RBCM’s Wonder Sunday brings fossils into focus

Every Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. kids learn about science and history through interactive activities

B.C. animators land Oscar nominations

‘Animal Behaviour’ by Vancouver’s David Fine and Alison Snowden among several Canadians on the short list

Hollywood announces 2019 Oscar nominations

Netflix has scored its first best picture nomination, something the streaming giant has dearly sought

Reflections of Ladysmith: The Art of Michael Dean

Work, place and people are inseparable for Vancouver Island painter

‘Gotti’ leads Razzie nominations, Trump up for worst actor

The nominations were announced on Monday, Jan. 21 with some movies earning up to six nominations

Sidney Museum’s Lego Exhibition larger than ever

Hundreds of thousands of pieces on display in creations big and small, now through March 31

2019 Canadian Whisky Awards’ big winners announced

Awards held in conjunction with Victoria Whisky Festival

Netflix rejects request to remove Lac-Megantic images from ‘Bird Box’

At least two shows on Netflix’s Canadian platform briefly use actual footage of the 2013 tragedy

Most Read