Gear heads to gather on Parksville’s beach

As many as four hundred new and classic cars will be in Parksville this weekend for the Oceanside Overdrive Show and Shine.

The Oceanside Overdrive car show in summers past. This year’s event is this Sunday on Parksville’s famous beach playground.

The Oceanside Overdrive car show in summers past. This year’s event is this Sunday on Parksville’s famous beach playground.

As many as four hundred new and classic cars will be in Parksville this weekend for the Oceanside Overdrive Show and Shine.

“There will be all kinds of classics and some fancy new ones, there’s a Corvette club that usually attends,” said organizer A.J. Rose.

The 22nd annual event will get rolling with the traditional cruise Saturday evening starting at the A&W restaurant and looping on a complex route to Qualicum Beach and back.

The route generally heads west from A&W with loops into the Surfside R.V. Resort loop (beside Parksville’s Community Park), along Temple St., into Columbia Drive and Eaglecrest before turning back towards Parksville through the Chartwell subdivision in Qualicum Beach.

Cars can start gathering at the A&W Saturday around five and they aim to leave at 6 p.m. for the scenic tour around town, designed to give spectators the most opportunity to catch the rolling show.

The next morning in Community Park open registration for $20 starts just after 8 a.m. and things officially kick off at 10 a.m. The park will be full of cars and spectators throughout the midday, complete with a DJ spinning classic car-themed tunes, a good selection of food trucks including sponsor Thrifty Foods with a burger stand, and other car-affiliated vendors.

Rose pointed out there will be at least one ice cream vendor for what is expected to be a nice summer day.

The sand sculptures of the Quality Foods Canadian Open Sand Sculpting Competition and Exhibition will also still be open for viewing next door.

They present trophies at 2 p.m. and things start to die down pretty quick after that, he said.

They had well over 300 vehicles last year, and since it is an open invitation they don’t know how many vehicles to expect, but Rose is confident there will be a great selection for all interests.