Burnouts in the Sky parks car show at Twilight Drive-In

Annual memorial for murder victim Bradley McPherson returns for seventh year at new location

A forced change of venue seemed like it was going to – at first – stall the seventh annual Burnouts in the Sky Show and Shine.

Organizer Sue Simning said the fundraiser had been held in Cloverdale since it’s conception until some unfavorable opinions put the breaks on their use of the local fairgrounds.

She said is was held at the fairgrounds until construction plans, which never actually went through, forced the show to move.

Simning acknowledged that negative connotations did stem from a few instances of “young hot-rodders being silly,” but the event means so much more beyond burnouts.

“We want to keep it more family. It’s about a car show memorializing a man who loves his family,” Simning said.

After an uncertain future, Simning said Burnouts in the Sky will be held in Aldergrove this year at the Twilight Drive-In, 3360 260th St, on Saturday, Aug. 17.

The event has always been to memorialize Bradley McPherson, Simning’s car-loving son who was shot to death on Christmas Eve in 2011 after confronting a man who was harassing a female party-goer at a house party in Newton.

Simning remembered her son was always cruising around and entering his 1980 GMC Short Box called “Emma” in local show and shines.

The car-friendly drive-in was a place McPherson apparently took his ride, making it a more-than-fitting spot to hold ‘Burnouts in the Sky’ after all.

“The venue was hard to find,” Simning added. “But we’ve made some changes. There won’t be a beer gardens this year to have a more family friendly vibe. Burnouts and beer gardens doesn’t go [together].”

The show and shine attracts between 200 to 300 participants rolling up in hotrods, customs, muscle cars, trucks, motorcycles, and more every year, with trophies being handed out to winners in various categories.

The participant entry fee, along with the $5 admission cost for visitors over the age of 10, all go towards a yearly scholarship Simning hands out to high school applicants who have overcome struggles with attention deficit disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

“There’s also a 50/50 draw and silent auction table going towards a cancer foundation called, excuse my French, F*** Cancer,” Simning explained.

Additionally, the day will include vendors, door prizes, and a kids area; country music artists Emily Taylor Adams and Jesse Allen Harris will also be performing live entertainment.

The show and shine starts at 9 a.m. Burnouts in the Sky website for more information.

Read More: For her murdered son, “Burnouts in the Sky’ returns to Cloverdale Saturday

_________________________________

Is there more to this story?

Email: ryan.uytdewilligen@langleyadvancetimes.com

Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter

_________________________________

Just Posted

Son of slain former Hells Angel is one of two men sentenced for crime spree

Pair’s 2017 series of Lower Mainland robberies stretched from Surrey to Mission

Carson Crimeni’s mom mourns son

Chantell Griffiths misses the son she hadn’t seen much in recent years

The Offspring and Sum 41 announce show in Abbotsford

Bands play Abbotsford Centre on Nov. 30 as part of Canadian leg of current tour

Mouse infestation hit Langley hospital’s kitchens

Droppings and urine were found by Fraser Health inspectors in the spring

VIDEO: Canadian zoos’ captive breeding programs help preserve endangered species

Programs considered last-ditch effort to prevent local extinctions of turtles, butterflies and more

‘Person of interest’ identified after suspicious meat left in North Delta park

Piles of meat have been dumped near the 63rd Avenue trail entrance four times in the last 30 days

B.C. sets rules for ride hailing, same minimum fee as taxis

Larger operating areas seen as threat by cab companies

Two hiking families team up to extinguish fire in B.C. backcountry

Children and their parents worked for three hours to ensure safety of the popular hiking region

Oppenheimer Park residents told to leave, clear out tents by Aug. 21

Police say park has seen influx of residents, violence in recent months

Vancouver man arrested after pregnant woman’s SUV stolen, then crashed

Police are recommending charges against a 22-year-old Vancouver man

Elections Canada to assess ‘partisan’ climate change rhetoric case by case

People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier has said climate change is not an emergency nor caused by human

Unseasonable snow forces campers out of northeastern B.C. provincial park

Storm brought as much as 35 centimetres of snow to the Fort Nelson, Muncho Lake Park-Stone Mountain Park

Telus customers enraged as outage hits fifth day

Telus.net has been down since Aug. 15

Most Read