The Smokey and The Bandit police car will be one of many unique cars on display at the Wings and Wheels event happening this weekend at Abbotsford’s Tradex. (Submitted)

Wings and Wheels fundraiser ready to roll in Abbotsford this weekend

Unique collection of cars invading Tradex for drive-thru experiences on Saturday and Sunday

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to drive through Abbotsford’s Tradex, this weekend’s Wings and Wheels event gives you that opportunity.

But it’s not just a basic drive, the event allows attendees the chance to see some of the best collector, antique, hot rod and exotic vehicles from private collections in B.C., as well as vintage airplanes, buses, tractors and 911 vehicles from across the region.

The event, which is in support of the Crystal Gala and presented by 360 Group of Companies, features over 120,000 square feet of vehicles to view and runs on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 per vehicle and can be purchased online.

Show manager Steve Williams said the concept for the event came to mind after the successful Car-B-Q Father’s Day weekend event at the PNE.

“We approached Tradex with the idea and I said you guys have 120,000 square feet – let’s step outside of the classic car world box and offer something unique,” he said.

Guests will view the various vehicles from inside their own cars on a winding journey throughout Tradex. Williams explained it as a reverse parade.

“Instead of spectators standing in the street and looking at things they are going to be in the middle of it,” he said.

Some of the recently announced military vehicles confirmed to appear include: a US Army vehicle that was used in Afghanistan and Iraq and a Falkland Islands vehicle that was captured by the 2nd Canadian Battalion (Parachute Regiment) at the Battle for Port Stanley in the Falkland Islands War back in 1982.

There will also be historical B.C. ambulances from the 1950s, the Abbotsford Police Department’s recently restored police car named “Carole”, a 41-ton Russian tank and vehicles associated with television programs such as the Dukes of Hazzard, TJ Hooker, Starsky and Hutch and the movie Smokey and The Bandit.

Williams said the drive will have strategically placed spots for all the different vehicles and the drive itself will last about 10 to 15 minutes.

360 Fabrication President Rick Francoeur said 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 said.

“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.”

In addition to the drive, there will be several food trucks from the Greater Vancouver Food Truck Festival for attendees to check out in the Tradex parking lot.

For more information, visit facebook.com/events/283683482731251.

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