Like an old-fashioned show and shine, A&W Restaurant’s weekly Cruisin’ the Dub events are a chance for local car enthusiasts to come together and marvel over shiny paint jobs and what’s under the hood.
Running every Thursday night through the summer from 6-8 pm, Cruisin’ the Dub is an everyone-welcome event highlighting classic, custom and vintage cars, trucks and motorcycles. The perfect summer night can be capped off with a root beer float on sale for $2.
“I wish I had money to buy a classic car,” jokes A&W co-owner Matt Lister, “but I sure like looking at them.”
Now in its ninth year, the weekly showcase averages 30-35 cars all of makes, models and eras, says Lister.
“We play music and car owners all come and hang out and talk about their cars and look at the other cars,” he adds.
One only needs to read Powell River Peak’s regular feature Peak Performance to see how vintage car collecting is something many area residents enjoy.
Lister says the event has been successful for as long as it has because of the enthusiasm the community shows for classic vehicles.
“It’s everyone from kids to older people, and they all want to see the different cars that come in each week,” says Lister. “It’s a big thing in Powell River.”
The Thursday summer evening events lead up to an August 24 Burgers to Beat MS fundraiser where $1 from every Teen Burger sold goes to MS Society of Canada.
According to Lister, the nationwide A&W campaign will have raised more than $10 million by the end of this year and the restaurant takes donations at the till year-round.
Weekly Cruisin’ the Dub events are a chance for the community to get together and share their love for nostalgia, said Lister.
“People enjoy checking out the cars and showing their cars,” he says, “and it’s a nice reason to get everyone out in the sunshine and together in one place.”
A&W Cruisin’ the Dub
When: 6-8 pm, every Thursday
Where: A&W Restaurant parking lot