The sun was shining and the first big outdoor car show of the year in British Columbia drew a massive crowd of spectators and show cars to the sports field of DW Poppy Secondary in Langley, British Columbia on Sunday, May 5th for the school’s 32nd annual car show. This year’s turnout broke the record for the biggest turnout with 750 cars and 3,500 spectators showing up; quite a big step up from last year’s record of 2,500 spectators and 650 show cars!
Mopar products of all types were out in great numbers and represented well! From modern Mopars to stunning classics, you could find a little bit of everything across the Mopar brand at the show. Like most mixed brand shows, the Mopar attendance was nowhere near the GM or Ford numbers but the Mopar still showed up in high numbers and showed well!
Every year, the school and parents put on the car show with all money raised from the vehicle ($10 pre-registration and minimum $15 at the gate on show day) and $3 minimum spectator entries going straight towards programs at the school such as shop classes, various athletics programs and the school dry grad. This year, the school was hoping to raise $45,000 to cover the cost of purchasing a Trotec laser cutter for the school’s shop classes.
This year, the total amount raised was $40,000; beating last year’s record of just over $35,000 which beat the previous two records of $29,000 and $25,000! Student volunteers had a huge hand in making the fundraiser a success. The volleyball teams offered paid parking in the school’s parking lot, the basketball team ran the concession and other various students helped sell 50/50 tickets, sold T-shirts and parked cars. Some even had their own cars in the show! The Fort Langley Lions Club also hosted a fantastic breakfast.
Organizer Marlene Yakabuski said, “This is our schools biggest fundraiser and benefits many groups in the school.” With the show being one of the biggest of the car show season in the area, it was no surprise that organizers eventually ran out of room to park cars, especially with the sunny and warm weather. Every available spot was used including parking vehicles between aisles and even in the outdoor basketball and tennis courts!
Marlene sincerely thanked the show sponsors, car enthusiasts, and spectators alike who help raise thousands each year for the school. She also wanted to thank all of the Poppy students who play a key role in the car show every year. “Thanks everyone for one of our biggest shows yet! Up to 750 cars and thousands of spectators! Thank you to all the car owners who entered the show. I hope everyone enjoyed all the great cars that came out today – thank you very much for supporting D.W Poppy Secondary School.”