Hot rods, classic rides and the latest sports cars were parked in the parking lot behind the Pacific Community Church for the Asphalt Angels Charity Car Show on May 28.
The Cloverdale Community Kitchen hosted the event and all funds raised went to support the local Cloverdale Food Bank.
“It was an amazing event,” said Matthew Campbell, Community Kitchen and Fraser Valley Regional Food Bank Manager. “We couldn’t have asked for better training. The weather cooperated, many drivers brought their cars and many people showed up.
Campbell said he was surprised to see such a variety of vehicles at the show.
“It was unique,” he said. “There were so many different cars. And there was also a real cross section of people, of all ages.
Campbell estimates that around 1,000 people showed up throughout the day to walk around the grounds and watch the cars. He said the event was free, but those showing their cars paid $10.
Campbell said they have also set up donation boxes and have a few sponsors for the event.
“The show exceeded our expectations,” he added. “Through car entry fees, donations, and our sponsors, we raised just over $5,000, which was way more than we expected.”
Hamed Almeshkhas also said the day went much better than expected.
“It was great to see so many people and cars and to raise over $5,000.”
Almeshkhas had long had the idea of hosting a car show to support the food bank, but COVID concerns kept him from following through on the idea.
Almeshkhas runs a food delivery business, Falcon & Co Essentials, and has been donating food to the community kitchen for some time now. He got the idea to host a show after he first saw the land behind Pacific Community Church.
“Since I first met Matt and looked at the property, I said, ‘I have to get a car here. So everything got pushed back and I finally got here a few weeks ago and said, ‘Hey, we were going to have a car here in two weeks,’ he said with a laugh.
Campbell was thrilled with the idea and when all was said and done, 220 drivers took their cars to the Asphalt Angels Charity car show.
“We had everything from high-end Ferraris to Lamborghinis, classic cars and even some motorcycles. It was a great turnout for something we had planned in a week and a half.
When Almeshkhas finally decided to put on the show, he contacted his automotive group, RCS Autohaus. They collected all the pieces to launch the charity show.
Although it was Almeshkhas’ idea, he points out that RCS Autohaus members did the heavy lifting.
“These are the guys who made it happen,” he said. “All credit goes to them.”
The show was actually a “car meet”, a competition with trophies and prizes. Almeshkhas said the RCS holds car meets on the last Monday of each month at Grandview Corners.
“I really want to thank the RCMP for coming out and supporting us as well,” Almeshkhas added. “Credit also goes to (Campbell) and the food bank volunteers.”
Almeshkhas said RCS Autohaus wanted to organize another charity car meet at the community kitchen towards the end of the summer, but this time, he said, they will spend a lot more time planning and promoting it. . For now, he’s just happy to get the first one off the ground.
“It was a great community event in Cloverdale,” added Campbell. “I saw a lot of people from the Cloverdale area and a lot of people really enjoyed having an event after COVID, just getting out there and doing something again.”
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