‘Cool’ fundraisers already underway on road to Aug. 11 ‘Show n’ Shine’ at Winchester BMR

Online auction, draw ticket sales for “cooler car” happening now 

From left, Highway 43 Car Club members Brent Castle, Albert Ozinga,  Bryan Wallace, Jim Seabrook and Mike Lecuyer (vice-president), along with Winchester BMR owners Trish and Ken Boje, and the Club’s Rod Rafter (president), Kevan Whittaker, Ron Wyman and Len McIntyre. The group poses with the “cooler car” that goes up for draw at the fifth annual Show n’ Shine at Winchester BMR, Aug. 11. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

WINCHESTER — Teaming up again for their 5th annual Show n’ Shine, Winchester BMR and the Highway 43 Car Club aim to draw more classic vehicles and more visitors — and drive up more donations than ever for two charitable causes — Community Food Share and the House of Lazarus.

Winchester BMR co-owner Ken Boje says he’s eager to exceed the $2,400-plus generated for those causes last year. To kick things off in advance, the store has launched a new online auction now accepting bids until 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, at the store’s Facebook page.  Featuring up to a dozen “unique items,” the auction is intended to spur bigger numbers in 2019. “We’ve had a few vendors and suppliers come forward to help us out,” the local retailer explains.

Organizers with the Club are already selling $10 draw tickets on a whimsical picnic cooler procured from Winchester BMR. Made in Vietnam from recycled metal, the pop-top unit is about the size of a regular cooler but fashioned in the style of a surfer’s vintage ‘woody’ station wagon. At $10 apiece, tickets are available at the County Rd. 31 store as well as from the Club during its regular Friday night Cruise Night at Food Basics in Kemptville. Last chance to get a shot at winning the unit will be at the Aug. 11 Show & Shine in the Winchester BMR parking lot.

The draw for the cooler car happens “later on the day of the car show, and of course, it’s one of the major fundraising activities for the day,” says Boje. Proceeds go to the Club in that case.

Beyond the chrome and muscle — with 130 or more cars expected — show-goers can also check out a garden shed Winchester BMR has assembled for a planned House of Lazarus auction in support of that organization’s ‘Handyman Heroes’ program.

Machines of the two-wheeled variety are also expected this year as some motorcycle aficionados have been invited. “There’s the nostalgic motorcycle group out of Montreal and some local bike enthusiasts and stuff, too,” he says.

“We’ve got lots of things to see,” declares Highway 43 Car Club President Rod Rafter.

The show runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Adding to the ambiance that day, vintage beats by  Club DJ/MC Kel Searson and the smoke of a sizzling barbecue will waft through the air of the BMR parking lot.



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