This was going to be the final “Burnouts In The Sky” memorial fundraising show and shine to honor the memory of Brad McPherson.
But then a record number of people showed up for the 10th annual show on Saturday August 6 at the George Preston Leisure Center in Langley.
More than 300 cars and motorcycles took part.
Delighted organizer Susan Simning, Brad’s mother, has had a change of heart.
“There was a lot of debate this year because it was our 10th anniversary, and we were going to make this our last show,” Simning told the Langley Advance Times.
“But with the turnout today and the conversations with everyone here, they’ve decided we’re not going to stop,” Simning enthused.
“I’m sure we’ll be back next year.”
One of the vehicles shown at the show was a 1978 Camaro Z28 that belonged to McPherson when he was a teenager.
Simning explained that three years ago the man who bought the car from Brad returned it to the family, who auctioned it off to help raise money for a scholarship fund in his memory.
New owner Emily Smith surprised Simning by showing up at the show with the Camaro, which is roadworthy again thanks to an all-new engine, the result of long hours of work by Smith, her boyfriend Michael Kidson, with parents and friends, to have the Z28 ready in time for the show.
It was proudly displayed next to “Emma,” Brad’s prized 1980 GMC short-box truck he used to burnout with.
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Burnouts in the Sky keeps alive the memory of McPherson, who was shot and killed on Christmas Eve 2011.
At a party in Newton, McPherson, 28, confronted a male guest who was harassing a party girl.
Shortly after, McPherson was shot.
In 2018, a 26-year-old man was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for 15 years for the crime.
Saturday’s event raised $7,620 for the Bradley McPherson Memorial Scholarship Fund, which recognizes students who have ADD or ADHD like McPherson, have overcome learning disabilities and intend to continue their education .
This year, four graduating students, two from Walnut Grove High School, one from RE Mountain High School and one from Aldergrove Community High School received McPherson scholarships.
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More photos from the show and the shine from the weekend can be viewed online on the Langley Advance Times Facebook page.
Anyone interested in helping with future events can contact Siming via email at [email protected] or via www.burnoutsinthesky.com.
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