A 1934 Ford three-window coupe (Black Press Media files)

Wings and Wheels drive-thru fundraiser to showcase vintage vehicles, collector hot rods

Hosted at the Fraser Valley TRADEX, the event set to raise funds for Crystal Gala Foundation

An upcoming event featuring vintage hot rods, private collections of exotic cars and 911 vehicles could be just what Lower Mainland collectors and antique car buffs need this summer – all for a good cause.

Billed as the largest indoor drive-thru spectacular in North America, 360 Group of Companies has announced Wings and Wheels 2020 will be taking place this August at the Fraser Valley TRADEX.

The big event, in support of the Crystal Gala, will feature 120,000 square feet of vintage buses, tractors, 911 vehicles, some of the best collector, antique, hot rod and exotic cars from private collections in B.C., as well as vintage airplanes from across the region.

Guests will view the various vehicles from inside their own cars.

360 Fabrication President Rick Francoeur says the event will help the Crystal Gala raise funds after other major annual events were cancelled due to the pandemic.

“We wanted to do something that brought people together in a fun, safe way,” Francoeur says.

“Our company has made the Crystal Gala Foundation our charity of choice, and we’ve committed a $100,000 donation to the organization to assist them in funding much needed equipment for assisting in the fight against breast cancer.”

The event is set to run Aug. 15 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Aug. 16 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 per vehicle and can be purchased online.

Since 1999 the Crystal Gala has raised over $2 million to support breast health and the women and men and their families who are struggling with the disease.

“In a year where we believed we would not be able to make our planned gifts due to the difficulties created by COVID-19, this event is absolutely incredible and we at the Foundation are so grateful to 360 Fabrication for their commitment to assisting with this cause, and to all the businesses who are jumping on board to contribute and participate as well as the individuals who are displaying their planes and vehicles in support of this incredible cause,” says Crystal Gala chair Gerri Charles.

“And we thank anyone who purchases a ticket to bring their family out to see the displays that will make up the event.”

Individuals wishing to display their vehicle or airplane can enter with a $20 donation and receive a commemorative t-shirt. Business participation is also encouraged to participate and can find more information at 360Fabrication.com or 604-859-3608.

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