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West Kootenay car show goes off without a hitch

126 cars from across the Kootenays were part of the show on Saturday

When Wayne Watson bought this beauty for $400 back in 1986 from someone in Fruitvale, the car’s interior was wrecked from wear, the engine was seized and the body definitely wasn’t the shining star it is today.

Fixing up old cars is the Castlegar man’s hobby, so after painting his 1965 Chevy Impala bright red in 1991 and replacing the engine with the pristine machine it is today, his showstopper was ready for the road.

It wasn’t until 2016, however, that the interior was painstakingly replaced with handcrafted perfection by Lee Baxter’s Hot Rod Interiors, and most recently installed were custom-made schott wheels by Cali Off-Road Wheels.

All that aside, this beauty is the older cherry red sister of the famous jet black ‘67 Chevy Impala from Supernatural, the CW’s popular TV show filmed in Greater Vancouver from 2005-2020.

Watson’s ride was one of 126 refurbished vintage cars on display for the very impressive West Kootenay Smoke ‘n Steel Auto Club show held Saturday in downtown Trail.

About the club

Trail is home to the West Kootenay Smoke ´n Steel Car Club; a collection of like-minded car buffs representing a large cross-section of the classic and collector car world.

Members have surviving vehicles, military vehicles, restored vintage vehicles, rat rods, hot rods, cruisers, classic muscle cars, off-road 4x4s, dragsters, motorcycles, imports, and even modern muscle and collector cars.

They host a car show every summer.

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