TAYLOR, B.C. – The third annual Peace Auto Fest is returning to the Taylor chain-up area on August 28th and 29th, featuring a brand new competition.
The first year had “show and shine” and autocross events, and last year, Fort St. John Car Culture founder and Peace Auto Fest creator Kaylyn Senft says they added a drift competition.
“The main event is the drift competition. Last year, we actually lit the pavement on fire accidentally,” said Senft. “This year, we’ve added a sound competition and vendors. It’s going to be great.”
An event was held on July 11th in Taylor, and Senft says it only created more buzz for the two-day event at the end of August.
The autocross competition will be divided into different classes of cars like street, competition, and beginner.
“There’s actually a lot of people that have been coming out lately because they’re kids; they don’t have as much experience. It’s really good practice off the roads for people.”
For those wondering, Senft has all the necessary permits.
“We get our permit from [the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure] because it’s a chain-up area, and it’s not anything in the summer, so they actually permit us to be able to use that area.”
Short of being the actual permit holder, Senft runs most of the operation herself.
“I do the marketing, advertising, the posters, event planning and sponsor gathering. So I do pretty much everything, other than I’m not the permit holder.”
Senft admits she’s no expert when it comes to sound systems, so she’s enlisted the help of the experts at Western Canada’s Basshead Lifestyle to judge the competition while she plans to have events running simultaneously.
“I know nothing about sound competitions, but it’s just an extra thing that has been added on. What I was thinking is this year, we have the drift competition, the sound competition and the show and shine going on at the same time. That will make it a big spectacle rather than waiting for events to happen.”
Senft says you don’t have to be a car nut to enjoy the event.
“It’s more of a like-minded people event, even if you’re not into cars. People love it because we offer ride-alongs and stuff. It doesn’t look fast when you’re watching, but when you get in there, it’s pretty wild.”
Don’t expect to see Senft in her Nissan drifting around the course, though. She’s a self-proclaimed show and shine queen.
“I’m the show person. I like my car, and I kind of baby it. I was in Edmonton [recently], and I won the show and shine for my category, so I’m excited to bring her back.”
The Peace Auto Fest starts on August 28th, with the autocross going from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The drift competition takes place on the 29th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the show and shine goes from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., the sound competition goes from 2 to 4 p.m., and the trophies and awards will be handed out at 4 p.m.
Spectators get in for free, and there will be vendors and food on site.
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