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BC Classic and Custom Car Show at Tradex in Abbotsford

Muscle Car at Tradex Car Show

Vancouver’s BC Classic & Custom Car Show is an indoor car show featuring hot rods, muscle cars and 1950’s restorations at Tradex in Abbotsford in April.


Due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, the 2020 event originally scheduled for April 17th to 19th has been postponed. According to the Tradex Abbotsford website, the event is now, tentatively, going to celebrate its 24th year on the weekend of October 9th to 11th.

For a list of other events that have been impacted by the pandemic, click COVID-19 and Lower Mainland Events.

BC Classic & Custom Car Show

If you like cars, especially one-of-a-kind custom vehicles, hot rods and mid-1900’s restorations, you’ll want to check out the BC Classic & Custom Car Show. It rains a lot in the Lower Mainland in April, so being an indoor event can make it particularly popular.

Where and When

The BC Classic & Custom Car Show is held at Abbotsford’s Tradex Centre which is located next door to the YXX Airport at 1190 Cornell Street.

The event was originally going to take place on the weekend of April 17th-19th in 2020. Due to concerns about the COVID-19 virus and measures to contain it, however, the event has instead been postponed until the Thanksgiving Weekend of October 9th-11th.

The event will likely run from 5 until 10 pm on the Friday, from 10 am to 10 pm on the Saturday and from 10 am until 5 pm on the Sunday (although exact details are to be confirmed).

Indoor Car Show at Tradex

Admission Prices

Tickets at the door in 2020 cost $18 for adults, $15 for seniors (ages 55+), $10 for youth (ages 13 to 18) and free for children ages 12 and under. Two-day passes were also available for $30 and all-weekend passes cost $40. Parking at Tradex costs $7.

What to Expect

At the event you can expect to see over 200 vehicles ranging from hot rods to muscle cars to customized machines that you’ll see no other place. The venue is also full of people who love cars, and sometimes there is even a celebrity or two!

There are also live demonstrations including, in 2019, a Pro Street Burnout Contest and a 10,000-horsepower nitromethane-powered Top Fuel Dragster. 2020 demonstrations will be comparable.

Also at the event each year is a beer garden with a live band which typically plays music from the 1960s and 1970s.

Classic Cars at the Car Show
Cars on display at Tradex

Tips and Advice

Below are some suggestions to help you make the most out of your visit to the BC Classic & Custom Car Show.

TIP #1: If you plan to stay for only a short time, consider parking next door at the Abbotsford Airport. The entrance to the airport is a fair ways past Tradex, but the hourly-parking section where you’ll end up is actually just a 2-minute walk from the car show venue. Parking there also costs just a couple of bucks for the first hour and a dollar or so per additional hour (up to a three-hour maximum stay). This compares with $7 for the day at Tradex.

TIP #2: If you or people in your party also like flowers, then combine your trip to the Fraser Valley with a visit to either the Abbotsford Tulip Festival or the Chilliwack Tulip Festival (which is Western Canada’s largest). The first is about a 15-minute drive away and the other only 5 or so minutes more. Their seasons vary each year, but they are usually operating by mid-April.

Classic Truck on Display at Tradex
A Collectible Truck at the Car Show

Other Information

For more details about the event see the BC Classic & Custom Car Show website.

For information about the area, see our articles about Abbotsford or the Fraser Valley.

For a list of other similar Lower Mainland events, click Vancouver Car Shows.

For a list of other events of all kinds, see Festivals & Events Calendar.