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.
In 2019 the event celebrated its 23rd year on the weekend of April 12-14.
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 took place on the weekend of April 12-14 in 2019. It usually runs 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.
Tickets at the door in 2019 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. 2020 prices will be similar.
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.
Also at the event each year is a beer garden with a live band which typically plays music from the 1960s and 1970s.
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.
For more details about the event see the BC Classic & Custom Car Show website.
For a list of other similar Lower Mainland events, click Vancouver Car Shows.