Gabriola Cruisers Club hosting 3rd Annual Show and Shine August 13

Derek Kilbourn

Sounder News

Tuesday, July 25 2017

The Gabriola Cruisers continue to grow, both in their annual membership and in the number of vehicles which will be on display at their 3rd Annual Show and Shine.

Randy Phillips spoke on behalf of the club, which was formed just after the inaugural show.

“We have close to 60 members now - and the club is open to anything on wheels. New or old.”

Phillips said while there are a number of members who drive classics, “there are also members with more modern cars, such as Kent Moen’s Corvette, and the Hellcat driven by Fred Wicks.”

Motorcycles, bicycles and, for some members, just a passion for talking wheels is enough to bring them in the door.

The last monthly meeting before the show will be Thursday July 27, at 7:00 p.m. at the Gabriola Golf Club, with members parking their vehicles at the driving range. (Those wishing to eat are asked to arrive early).

The ultimate goal for the club is for the show to raise money for island charities.

Last year’s post-show donation went to the Gabriola Lions’ Club.

Phillips said they haven’t decided on this year’s recipient.

The big show will be Sunday, August 13 (the day after the Community Hall’s Salmon BBQ), starting in the late morning and running into the afternoon.

Phillips said that over a hundred vehicles are expected to show on the big field behind Twin Beaches Mall.

“We’ve invited clubs like the Old English Car Club, the Smokin’ Oldies from Nanaimo, and other car clubs. It’s getting bigger every year. 

“The first year we had 40, last year we had 60, it’s getting bigger and bigger.”

Entertainment this year will come from Flashback Freddy; food and beverages will be available as well.

Anyone wishing to become a member, please contact Fred Withey, the club’s membership coordinator.

Annual fees are $25 per couple and a vehicle is not required to join.

Members get to enter their vehicles into the Show and Shine for free. For non-members, the show fee is $15 for the first vehicle to enter, subsequent vehicles are less.

The show is free to view for members of the public.

Phillips said there will be prizes, a 50/50 draw, all ages are welcome, and there will once again be an award for People’s Choice as well as Best in Show.