Cherie Wilson

‘Back to basics’ car show revs up

Revive 'em & Drive 'em, a traditional hot rod/motorcycle and music event with a modern twist, takes place in South Surrey Saturday.

Scott Booth may be a White Rock firefighter, but he learned early in life what truly flames his passion.

“I should have been born in time to be a pilot for World War II and then live the hotrod scene of the ‘50s,” said Booth, shortly after parking his 1931 Roadster.

“That’s when I belong.”

For Troy Derrick, a Surrey RCMP constable, the vintage craving that led to the nickname “Hambone” and his perch on an 883 Harley Sportster is a natural progression from the skateboarder lifestyle he once lived – non-conformist, yet still accessible.

Not to mention the ultimate destiny of the majority: “somehow, we always manage to turn into our parents, whether we like it or not,” he said with a grin, noting the hobby reminds him of his dad.

The pair – who became friends through the common interest and membership with the Blacktop Bombers car and motorcycle club – have teamed up with Langley photographer Cherie Wilson (of Cherrybomb Photography) to further share what drives them, with a hot rod/motorcycle and pin-up show they’ve planned for June 2, 2 p.m. at the Pacific Inn.

More than 130 enthusiasts have signed on to participate in Revive ’em & Drive ‘em, envisioned as a “back-to-the-basics, traditionalist car show and evening social with like-minded promoters, vendors and participants that are looking for a good time with good people.”

“It’s about coming and having fun, listening to the bands,” said Booth, who also represents show co-presenter, Wicked Customs Rod Shop.

“The deal with our club is no attitude, no macho bullshit.”

The event name is derived from car club members’ interest in reviving and driving “the fixer-uppers, the unappreciated more doors, the often-discarded, oddball makes and models and even the rusty field-finds.”

They want to promote the do-it-yourself mentality and “work-in-progress drivers,” with a focus on quality, not quantity.

As example, Derrick describes his Sportster as “a Frankenstein” – among many modifications, it boasts Triumph parts and bars he got for $20 at a swap meet.

To keep with the theme, classic-car registration for the June 2 show is restricted to pre-1965, with limited billet or modern parts. Motorcycle registration is more lenient, but with a vision of home-built or personally modified customs, choppers, bobbers or café-style bikes.

The organizers note the restrictions are not intended to discourage any classic-car or motorcycle enthusiast from driving their own ride in to check out the show, which is to include booths hosted by local tattoo artists and other traditional aspects of the rockabilly culture.

Admission for spectators is $5; car/bike registration is $15.

For more information, visit, email or call 604-250-5343.


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