Benefiting the Mission Firefighter’s Charitable Society, Old Car Sunday is a giant car show at Fraser River Heritage Park on Father’s Day Sunday each year.
Father’s Day Old Car Sunday
Old Car Sunday took place on Sunday June 16th in 2019. The event ran from 9 am until 4 pm and featured hundreds of classic collectible cars. Although the event was cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19, continue reading for information about past events that will likely be comparable to future events.
In years that the event takes place, it costs between $10 and $15 to enter a vehicle as a participant in the car show. There is no charge to simply attend the event and look at the cars though. Admission for the public is by donation.
Revenues raised by car entrance fees and donations benefit the Mission Firefighter’s Charitable Society which is a great cause.
Where Does the Car Show Take Place?
Old Car Sunday is held at Fraser River Heritage Park which is located at 7494 Mary Street in Mission. The park is about a 6-minute drive east of downtown Mission and a 7-minute drive from Mission Raceway Park.
Mission itself is a rural community of about 40,000 people. It’s located in the Fraser Valley on the north side of the Fraser River from Abbotsford. In good traffic, it’s between about a 60 and 90-minute drive from downtown Vancouver.
Coming from the Vancouver direction, you can get to Mission by taking the Trans-Canada Highway to Abbotsford and then heading north along Highway 11 and crossing the Fraser River via the Mission Bridge. Alternatively, you can also go via the Lougheed Highway through places like Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge.
What to Expect at the Car Show
At the Old Car Sunday event you can expect to see hundreds of collectible cars of all makes, styles and eras. You’ll also see hundreds of dads with their friends and families admiring the vehicles and having a fun time.
The Lower Mainland hosts a number of car shows throughout the year. Some of the events are larger and some are smaller. Some have a British, American, European or specific car-manufacturer theme. Others feature only antiques or ultra-modern and luxurious vehicles. Some Metro Vancouver car shows are free to attend and others are ticketed.
In the case of Mission’s Old Car Sunday event, there are vehicles of all makes and eras, and there are hundreds of them! Not only is the event free to attend (or at least by donation), but it’s also one of (if not the) largest event of its kind in the region.
At Old Car Sunday you’ll see muscle cars, antiques, convertibles and vintage trucks. American-made cars make up the majority with many from the 1950s to 70s, but other generations too. There are Chevrolets, Corvettes, Impalas, Plymouths and Buicks. There are also Ford Mustangs and sometimes even a Model T.
In addition to the American brands, there are also collectible MGs and Jaguars from Britain, Toyota Celicas from Japan, and numerous other vehicles from Germany, France, Italy and other countries. Again, the majority of vehicles on display are North American-made, but there are lots of international brands too. The variety is amazing!
Tips and Advice
Below are some suggestions and extra things to keep in mind to help you make the most out of your Old Car Sunday experience.
TIP #1: If it’s a nice day with good weather and you like collectible vehicles, especially muscles cars, then definitely check out this event. It’s both impressive and free!
TIP #2: Old Car Sunday is a fundraising event for the Mission Firefighter’s Charitable Society. Admission is by donation. Give generously! It’s a fabulous event and for a worthwhile cause.
TIP #3: There is a lot of parking on site and along surrounding streets. Thousands of people attend, however, so be prepared to walk a ways if using on-street parking. And if parking at the park, be patient when trying to get in and out of the area.
TIP #4: Arrive near the beginning of the event to get the best parking.
TIP #5: If the forecast is for hot weather, don’t forget to take a water bottle, hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. The cars are in a big open field so there isn’t a lot of shade.
TIP #6: Don’t forget to fill up your car while in the area. Gas in Mission, Abbotsford and other parts of the Fraser Valley is typically at least 10 cents a litre less than in Metro Vancouver.
TIP #7: Unless you live in Mission or somewhere close by, consider combining your trip to the car show with a visit to other places of interest in the area too. See our article about the Fraser Valley for ideas on where else to go and what to see.
For further details about Old Car Sunday, see the District of Mission‘s website.
For information about similar events at other times of the year, click Vancouver Car Shows.
For lists of other things to do with your family and friends, check out the following:
- Vancouver Father’s Day Activities
- Vancouver’s June Calendar
- Lower Mainland Festivals & Events
- Vancouver’s Top 100 Places
- Vancouver on a Budget
- Vancouver for Children
- Parks and Places in Nature