One of the exciting vehicles at the show will be a 1957 Rideau 500, which is extremely rare and equipped with “Merc” attributes.

By Keith Morgan

The Hard Rock Casino Vancouver will be home to the third annual Ultimate Car Show where more than 300 classic, muscle, premier, exotic and specialty vehicles, some of which have rarely been seen by the public, will be on display Saturday.

Show host and owner of Abbotsford’s 360 Fabrication, Rick Francoeur, has handpicked some of Western Canada’s finest vehicles to showcase. Among these are the $1 million 1963 Lincoln, an unrestored 1957 Rideau, a Desoto from 1932 first seen at the 2016 Vancouver Auto Show, and a 1967 Mustang.

“We are thrilled to be back to show off some amazing vehicles and we have curated the best that Western Canada has to offer,” says Francoeur. “People can expect to see vehicles brand new to the show, as well as some fan favorites.”

One of the exciting vehicles at the free show, held in the casino parking lot at 2080 United Blvd, Coquitlam, will be a 1957 Rideau 500, which is extremely rare and equipped with “Merc” attributes. Francoeur says he believes few people have ever seen this car before “as only 247 cars of this kind have ever been made and there are reported to be less than 20 of them in original condition left.”

At this year’s Vancouver International Autoshow, 360 Fabrication showcased an “in progress” display of one of Canada’s most anticipated restorations for 2016, a rare 1932 Desoto that was being completely modified. Modifications included stretching, widening and other extreme metal work. Show goers will be able to check out its progress four months later.

The $1 million 1963 Lincoln Continental Roadster will feature again. This car aficionado’s dream boasts a 100 per cent hand-built Focal sound system worth over $100,000 alone. The custom black cherry candy painted ’63 Lincoln features one of only 29 1,250HP Cobra Jet Ford engines. Custom Bentley leather hand stitched interior and a Ferrari steering wheel finish off this highly modified and extremely pricey Roadster.

One of the world’s most modified cars, the 1967 Mustang Fastback, will be on show. It has roughly 700 individual modifications, an impressive Ferrari leather interior and a 520ci engine tuned to 700HP, 150HP nitrous modification, and 700 pound-foots of torque.

Registration is open: call 360 Fabrication to add your car, 1-855-859-3608. The cost to register your masterpiece is $20 and all the proceeds go to the SHARE Family and Community Services, which helps families and individuals in the Tri-Cities area.

EVENT: Third Annual Ultimate Car Show

DATE: July 23, 2016

HOURS: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Pancake Breakfast starting at 8 a.m.)

LOCATION: Hard Rock Casino Vancouver parking lot, 2080 United Blvd, Coquitlam.

ADMISSION: Free

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