14th Annual Ladysmith Show n’ Shine 


Last weekend was the 14th Annual Ladysmith Show n’ Shine and I had the great fortune of arriving in style. 


I was excited to attend this show as I had heard a lot of great things as it is set in the small town of Ladysmith, BC and the main drag is closed to host the cars that line the street. 


Early in the morning I would meet up with the Dirty Devils Rat Rod Car Club and ride with Janice other wise known as Ruby Rogers. 


The club has a central meeting point and rolling in to meet everyone was my first true interaction with the group. I have not had many opportunities in my life to ride in a vehicle pre-1960’s so I soaked it up. 

Photo by Dan Dertien

Janice owns and drives her 1949 International KB2 pickup Rat Rod. As the convoy rolled into Ladysmith everyone we stopped and checked in with was kind and familiar with the Dirty Devils Rat Rod Club. 


The club was parked together and set up their booth. The club sells merchandise such as tanks, t-shirts, hoodies and stickers. Trophies won from previous shows were displayed and the group settled in to signing registration papers. 


The ladies and I had a yummy homemade breakfast at Renee’s. 

We then proceeded to take part in a Poker Walk up and down the Main Street of Ladysmith. We were given a specific list of local businesses we would enter. We would exchange tickets for playing cards and the point was to make a good poker hand to win a draw. 


It was a good social experience and gave us the opportunity to see what local businesses had to sell and I know the girls came away with a few purchases. 


I was also very impressed with the attendance of onlookers. The crowd seemed to have a lot of out of town visitors yet there were many happy people strolling the street and enjoying the day and the rides. 


Our good friend Dan Dertien was present capturing all of the show with his keen perspective as a true automotive lover. 

Photo by Dan Dertien

This is for sure a show to mark on your calendar for next year. 

Photo by Dan Dertien

All of my additional Car images can be viewed on my FB Page or I strongly encourage you to seek Dan’s images on the Vancouver Island Hot Rods website VIHR.ca 

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