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Stroke survivor wins best truck at Kelowna car show

Geoff Mitchell entered a restored 1978 Chevrolet C10

Hundreds of people gathered at Rutland Lion’s Park in Kelowna on May 26 to check out trucks, cars, bikes, and even a helicopter on display for the annual Rutland Car Show.

Geoff Mitchell got the top number of votes in the truck category for his 1978 Chevrolet C10.

Mitchell’s partner Leanne said it took about four years to complete the truck restoration.

“He rebuilt it from scratch after he had a stroke.”

Having only finished the rebuild a few months ago, this was the first show Mitchell entered the C10 into.

Mitchell got teary-eyed as he was asked how proud he must be to have won.

The man restored cars before a stroke left him impaired and unable to speak at a normal pace. Leanne said Mitchell had to stop working, but still being able to restore vehicles gives him great comfort.

“Everybody loves it,” Leanne said of the truck. “We are so surprised and happy.”

The car show brought out hundreds of vehicles for people to gaze at, including what organizers estimate was the largest number of motorcycle entries to date.

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Brittany Webster

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I am a video journalist based in Kelowna and capturing life in the Okanagan
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