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2018 Sockeye Run
June 10, 2018
2018 Marks the 28th year of the Richmond Lions Sockeye Run. With hundreds of cars, free entertainment, a variety of vendors, and yearly crowd pleasers this event is a yearly favourite.
2018 Competition Classses
Registrants can select between these classes:
|#1 - Best Chevrolet - 1971 & newer |
#2 - Best Chevrolet - 1970 & older
Best Chevrolet was our most popular class so we split it into two groups. Any regular Chev can enter these classes but if it's a high performance please consider the Muscle Car classes. Chevy trucks and vans must enter the BEST TRUCK class.
|#19 - Best Asian |
Usually import cars such as Honda, Toyota, etc., and can be restored or modified.
|#3 - Best GM |
The GM Class is for Buick, Cadillac, Oldsmobile and Pontiac cars. It does include the discontinued brands as the majority of the cars that enter car shows are from previous decades.
|#20 - Best European Car - 1981 & newer |
#21 - Best European Car - 1980 & older
for vehicles originating in Europe, including brands from Germany, France, Italy, etc.
British cars now have separate classes, #25 & #26
|#4 - Best Corvette - Stock |
#5 - Best Corvette - Modified
We usually have numerous Corvettes and now we've split this into two classe too.
|#22 - Best Unfinished |
This class includes both cars and trucks. Generally, they lack a finished paint job, incomplete interior, or incomplete running gear
|#6 - Best Ford |
For all Fords, including discontinued makes and models, like Mercury, etc. Exceptions are: Mustangs and Thunderbirds, which have their own classes. Trucks and Vans have their own class.
|#23 - Best Muscle Car 1971 & newer |
#24 - Best Muscle Car 1970 & older
The Muscle Car era speaks for itself. The cars span all makes and models. This popular class has been split for many years.
|#7 - Best Mustang - 1994 & newer |
#8 - Best Mustang - 1993 & older
Mustangs have their own class and include all years and body styles. New for 2018 is the split into two judging classes.
|#25 - Best British Vehicle - 1976 & newer |
#26 - Best British Vehicle - 1975 & older
Two classes including Austins, Triumphs, Rolls Royces, early Mini’s, etc.
|#9 - Best Thunderbird |
Thunderbirds have been very popular at this show in previous years. This class includes all years and body styles.
|#27 - Best Lowrider |
This Lowrider class is for those cars that are radically lowered and/or with altered hydraulic or airbag suspension.
|#10 - Best MOPAR |
Including all Chryslers, Dodges, and discontinued makes and models, like Plymouth and PT Cruisers, etc. This class includes all years and body styles. Trucks and vans have their own class.
|#28 - Best Pro Street |
The Pro Street class is for heavily modified cars that are big on performance. They may or may not have super-charged engines, roll-bars, wide-slicked tires, or other high performance features.
|#11 - Best North American/Other |
This North American class includes all of the North American Cars. It includes AMC, Studebaker, Willys, Kaiser and other discontinued brands produced in North America.
|#29 - Best Custom |
The Custom class is for cars altered for style and appearance. They could be full customs with chopping, frenched head or tail lights, shaved chrome trim, etc., or mild customs with modifications such as custom wheels, lowering, custom paint, etc.
|#12 - Best Truck |
For pickups and vans of all brands. Older pickups that are modified are best suited for the Hot Rod class.
|#30- Dare to be Different |
A composite of classes such as Art cars, Movie cars, novelty cars or unusual entries that may not fit into other classes.
|#13 - Best Commercial Vehicle |
Commercial Vehicles are usually everyday working entries such as tow-trucks, buses etc. It's not fair to have these trucks, that are in almost daily use, compete with trucks that only come out of a garage a few times per year.
|#31 - Best Antique |
Antique and Vintage class is for cars of the 20's, 30's, and 40's. Some are original unrestored and others are restored.
|#14 - Best Motorcycle |
All motorcycles are in this one class whether custom, vintage or racing entries.
|#32 - Best Military |
For vehicles with a military heritage. They may be original or with some modifications. Includes Jeeps, trucks, etc.
|#15 - Best Street Rod - open |
Includes cars with no metal or fiberglass roofs, like Roadsters, Touring and Roadster Pickups. Street Rods have fenders.
|#33 - Best Bicycle |
A new class last year for custom or altered bicycles.
|#16 - Best Street Rod - closed |
Closed Street Rods are cars with fenders and metal or fiberglass roofs like Coupes, Sedans and Pickups with fenders.
|#34 - Best Pedal Car |
This class is for smaller versions of a full size car.
|#17 - Best Hot Rod - open |
Open Hot Rods are 1932 & Older, with no fenders and no metal or fiberglass roofs, as per Roadsters, Touring and Roadster Pickups.
|#35 - Display Only |
Car owners that choose this class should understand that these entries will not be judged. Your choice, or if you are a late arrival after 10:30 am.
|#18 - Best Hot Rod - closed |
Closed Hot Rods are 1932 & Older, with no fenders and with metal or fiberglass roofs, like Coupes, Sedans and Pickups.
In addition to the registered vehicle classes. All vehicles are entered in:
|Best Interior |
Best Use of Chrome
Most Outstanding Wheels
|Best Exhaust Sound |
Most Distance Traveled
|Most Vehicles Entered |
Best Club Participation
Best of Show
Here's a preview of what the 2018 t-shirts will look like.
2017 Best in Show
The “Best In Show” award at the 2017 Sockeye Run Car Show was won by a 1932 Ford Roadster. The fresh Hot Rod is owned by Gord & Carolina Gray, of Surrey BC. It was finished a few months before the 2017 car show. The 8 ft. trophy given to the Grand Champion is a testimony of the detail and workmanship that went into this 85 year old car.
Gord first started acquiring the car and the parts for it 25 years ago. When it came time to get serious, they hired Bill and Neil Lemmons, of B & N Hot Rods, to oversee the main construction.
It features a Brookville steel body and a blown flathead engine. In January of 2017, when the car was only a few days old, it was loaded onto a trailer and towed to the Grand National Roadster Show, in Los Angelos, California. There, it was chosen to be among a handful of entries, to compete for “America’s Most Beautiful Roadster”. A very prestigious achievement for any car, let alone a Canadian car.
After the 2017 Sockeye Run, the black beauty, went on to win many other awards at car shows throughout the summer. The car has been featured in many automotive magazines, including a 7 page feature in the August/September issue of “Canadian Hot Rods Magazine”.
If you see this car, stop and take a careful second look. The detail in tire choice, engine and many suspension modifications, will amaze you.
Poster Car for 2018
The 1957 Ford appearing on this year’s poster and advertising, is owned by Louis Jefferson of East Vancouver. It was chosen, because it is bright and colourful and depicts the popular car era of the 50’s and 60’s.
Louis found the car in Powell River during 2012, while he was in the area building a cabin. He saw two ads in the local paper that appealed to him, the Ford and a 1984 Corvette. He bought them both.
The Ford was a parts car with the interior and engine already taken out and sold. Louis thought the body was too good to be scrapped and he was right. It is a great looking car and even came with a continental kit.
The custom features are a tube grill, shaved door handles, frenched headlights and of course the continental kit. The engine has been upgraded from a stock 272, to a much larger 390 cu.in. size. The perfect colour of yellow paint comes from a 1981 Mustang.
At car shows, this Ford is often parked beside much more expensive cars, yet people stop to take pictures of this one. Why not? It is a real beauty.
“Open Mic” Performance at the Sockeye Run
Jessica Kabesh is 23 years old and hails from North Delta, BC. She has been invited by the host band “Rainshadow” to appear as a guest performer on their “Open Mic” stage at the 2018 Sockeye Run Car Show.
Jessica also sang in 2016 Sockeye Run Car Show and last year attended a University in Wales, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. She also lived for a time in London England. She sings Old Times “Rock and Roll” songs and is a talent to be heard.
Her love of cars comes from her grandfather, Doug Scarr, who is a member of the Richmond Lions Club and owns a 1956 Continental with only 30,000 original miles on the odometer.
The Sockeye Run Car Show & Shine is fueled by generous sponsors. As well, sponsorship money provides the Richmond Lions Club with valuable funding allowing us to support the many people that are not as fortunate as us. We focus on helping needy children and families, within our own community.
Richmond Lions members work very hard to present the Sockeye Run on show day and work countless hours contacting former sponsors and potential new sponsors. We are a diverse group of individuals but are like minded when it comes to helping people that need it, thus all the hard work turns into fun. Sponsor support is what has kept the Sockeye Run operating all these years!
If you or your organization would like to be a sponsor for Sockeye Run 2017 please email us. We will be pleased to provide information of the various sponsorship levels available and the benefits to you or your organization.
Here are a number of people you may want to contact within our club.
The Sockeye coordinator may be the first guy you want to e-mail with any questions about the Sockeye run.
Or contact us by postal mail at:
Richmond Lions Club
PO Box 26026
8000 # 3 road
The club president is where the buck stops. If nobody else can help you with an issue then the club president is the person to turn to.