Car show season kicks off big time with the 22nd annual Seaside Cruizers’ Father’s Day Show’n Shine in Qualicum Beach June 20-21.
The weekend full of auto-related fun kicks off with Cruise Night, starting and ending at Harris Oceanside GM in Parksville, Friday, June 19 at 5 p.m.
Drawing around 300 vehicles, the ride is open to everyone in a classic vehicle for a scenic meander through the neighbourhoods of Parksville, French Creek and Qualicum Beach and back, following the same route as previous years.
Along with food vendors and merchandise sales on site, including t-shirts, hats, souvenirs, raffles, there will be a dyno, or dynamometer, on sight for people who would like to test their engine power. Anyone can stop by and try it out.
The fun continues the next morning with the Poker Run starting at the Arrowsmith Golf and Country Club in Qualicum Beach at 9 a.m.
The run is already sold out, but keep your eyes out for some of the 125 collectable cars cruising your neighbourhood and meet them back at the golf club in the afternoon to see the cars and purchase food and merchandise.
That evening the action moves downtown at 6 p.m. for the free Primrose Street dance with live music from new local group Rumble Beach performing hits from the 1950s to ’70s, again complete with food vendors, merchandise and raffle tickets and running until 10 p.m.
Some shops will also be open late.
On Sunday, June 14, the main event takes over the streets of downtown Qualicum Beach from 7 a.m. to mid-afternoon with music, almost 600 vehicles on display and fun for the whole family.
Cruizers’ chair Dave Field said most entries are from the Island, but some come from far and wide with a sample from across Western Canada, the Pacific Northwest and occasionally some from every corner of the continent.
“After 22 years we tend to stick to the winning formula,” Field said, with minor tweaks, like adding more vendors this year.
With the government liquor store now open Sundays, they had to move the vendor area out of that parking lot and have expanded the number, meaning they actually had to cut the car entries from 575 to 550, plus about 35 member’s vehicles.
It’s a family event, as always, Field said, with a kid zone and the addition of a Ladies Shop & Walk organized by the Dowtown Business
Association from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Open to ladies registered in the car show, or accompanying someone who is, they will have fun activities and other ways to help enjoy the day.
As usual the entire area will be “wired for sound” with music from the ’50s and ’60s to entertain, and a plethora of trophies to increase the stakes for the day.
Visit http://seasidecruizers.com for more information.