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Ultimate Car Show in Coquitlam brings in 10k visitors

The second annual Ultimate Car Show at Hard Rock Casino Vancouver, in Coquitlam, was a huge draw despite the 32 degree temperature

The second annual Ultimate Car Show in Coquitlam was a huge draw despite the scorching 32 C heat last Saturday afternoon.

Thousands flocked to the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver parking lot to look at the 350-plus vehicles registered — some dating back to 1930.

This year’s show featured one-of-a-kind exotic, classic and muscle cars such as the world’s fastest Chevelle, which goes from 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds, and a 1967 Mustang Fastback with about 700 individual modifications.

Eric Kalnins, Coquitlam's tourism manager, said the event has become one of the biggest for the city, with visitors coming from around B.C., Albertas and Washington State to have a look or to display.

"It was great to see so many families coming out and spending the day enjoying great cars, entertainment, food and fun,” said Raj Mutti, executive director of Hard Rock Casino Vancouver, in a news release.  

Eight accolades were handed out including a $2,500 winner-takes-all prize for the Best in Show, which went to the owner of a 1957 Chevy from Abbotsford.

jwarren@tricitynews.com

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