Margie Bax and Jeannie Watson stand dressed up beside their vintage vehicle at Rally in the Valley on July 4, 2020. For full story see Page A3. Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press

Vintage vehicles, costumed drivers cruise Fernie streets

Wheels in the Valley hosted their first ever Rally in the Valley event this past Saturday

A fleet of vintage vehicles met outside the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 36 on July 4 for the first ever Rally in the Valley event. Hosted by Wheels in the Valley in partnership with the The Legion, the event replaced their regular summer car show with a pandemic friendly alternative.

Adding a competitive twist to summer cruising, Saturday’s event encouraged participants to explore the Elk Valley via scavenger hunt. Upon arrival, each driver and navigator duo was handed a cryptic set of directions, as well as a series of tasks to complete and questions to answer along the predetermined route.

Celebrating the Elk Valley’s passion for vintage vehicles, the event added vibrancy to city streets for hours. Obeying all signs and speed limits, challenges included taking selfies with roadside vintage vehicles, heading into Fernie Auto Parts Ltd. to pick up cards, and converting directions from miles to kilometres per hour.

The event brought out nearly 20 teams, with vehicles ranging from old school convertibles, to new sports cars, to everyday sedans. To participate, each member donated $10, with half the proceeds going towards purchasing a new tool for Fernie Secondary School’s auto shop, and the other half to prizes.

Winners were based off of challenge scores, as well as for the team coming closest to a hidden time selected by Legion staff. Points and prizes were also awarded to the best dressed racers, encouraging drivers to dress according to the era of their vehicle.

“We wanted to run this event because it falls in line with the COVID-19 rules, while allowing people to appreciate their hobby and show off a product they’ve worked hard on, but from a safe distance,” said Oscar Nielsen, the Legion’s service officer.

Further connecting gearheads, a term used to describe vintage vehicle aficionados, Wheels in the Valley hosts bi-monthly cruise nights on the first and third Wednesday of every month. Leaving the Fernie Legion at 6 p.m., participants drive around Fernie, stopping at each care home to brighten the days of residents who enjoy watching the vehicles drive by.

Wheels in the Valley encourages anyone, regardless of car model or make, to join their cruises. For more information on events, visit their Facebook page.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Vintage car rally

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here


A fleet of vintage vehicles waited at the starting line. Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press

A fleet of vintage vehicles waited at the starting line. Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press

A fleet of vintage vehicles waited at the starting line. Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press

The vehicles departed The Legion on a bright summer day. Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press

Margie Bax and Jeannie Watson stand dressed up beside their vintage vehicle. Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press

Margie Bax and Jeannie Watson await departure in front of The Legion. Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press

Just Posted

Whitehorse native Elias joins Michigan-Dearborn Wolverines

Johnny Elias played for the Fernie Ghostriders this past season

EDITORIAL: Editor bids farewell

Editor Paige Mueller will be leaving The Free Press team at the end of July

Aislinn Dressler competes in 2020 Youth Innovation Showcase

Dressler was a finalist at the showcase, exhibiting her energy efficient fridge design

Stories decorate city pathways for new reading initiative

The Fernie Women’s Resource Centre began the initiative in support of the local early years community

QUIZ: How much do you know about British Columbia?

On this B.C. Day long weekend, put your knowledge of our province to the test

VIDEO: Otter pups learn to swim at B.C. wildlife rescue facility

Watch Critter Care’s Nathan Wagstaffe help seven young otters go for their first dip

Michael Buble among 13 British Columbians to receive Order of B.C.

Ceremony will be delayed to 2021 due to COVID-19

U.S. border communities feel loss of Canadian tourists, shoppers and friends

Restrictions on non-essential travel across the Canada-U.S. border have been in place since March 2`

Rollout of COVID-19 Alert app faces criticism over accessibility

App requires users to have Apple or Android phones made in the last five years, and a relatively new operating system

Alleged impaired driver sparks small wildfire near Lytton after crash: B.C. RCMP

Good Samaritans prevented the blaze from getting out of control

B.C. First Nation adopts ‘digital twinning’ software to better manage territory

Software allows users to visualize what a mountain might look like if the trees on its slopes were logged

All inquiry recommendations implemented after fatal Port Hardy RCMP shooting: Ministry

The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. cleared the RCMP officers involved of wrongdoing

Most Read