A popular vintage car show held in Victoria returns next year after almost being canceled for good.
Previously taking place on on the third weekend in July every three years, the Northwest Deuce Days were about not to return.
In March, founder Al Clark announced that he was canceling the event citing several reasons, including the extent of work required to put the show together had become too big and too expensive for him to host.
Today, Destination Greater Victoria announced that it has officially purchased the event from Clark and will lead the event with Clark provide advice.
The organization said Clark’s knowledge and expertise will be invaluable in organizing, as well as raising the profile of the event.
The event, which began in 1998, would see nearly 1,400 pre-1952 vintage vehicles lined up in the Inner Harbor on display for that year’s Northwest Deuce Days.
Launched in 1998, Northwest Deuce Days took place every three years, saw nearly ten times as many spectators, as thousands of classic car fans from all over the world came to witness the long-awaited event.
It would also see almost all of Victoria’s hotel rooms rented out.
According to Destination Greater Victoria, Northwest Deuce Days has a local economic impact of around $ 2 million, as travelers use local hotels and restaurants and visit attractions beyond the city center.
“Northwest Deuce Days was a labor of love. It’s amazing to see people’s faces like the classic cars get off the ferry to open the event, ”Clark said in a statement Thursday.
Destination Greater Victoria has announced that it will hire an event planner with knowledge of classic cars in the coming months.
“For Northwest Deuce Days, it’s not just about the visitors who come from all over the world to our beautiful city, but how it engages residents,” said Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps.
“This is another major sign of confidence in our downtown area and great news for our tourism reconstruction strategy,” she said.
The next Northwest Deuce Days will once again be a free, fun, event for residents of Greater Victoria and is scheduled for July 14-17, 2022.