If your idea of fun is driving, showing and shining your classic or special-interest vehicle, there is no doubt you have had enough of this wet weather, but have no fear fellow cruisers -- we are only in June and thanks to the hard work and dedication of countless volunteers in the local cruising community, this summer promises a number of well-orchestrated events.
Every Sunday, local cruisers can enjoy fun-filled nights at either the Grant Park Pony Corral restaurant or the Tavern United on Regent Avenue. In addition to Sunday fun, the Pins and Fins Car Show runs every Wednesday evening at the Roxy Bowling Lanes, 385 Henderson Highway, and on Saturday nights, it's worth the trip to Steinbach and a visit to the freshly minted Bumpers on 52 diner for tasty treats and a bevy of beautiful cars, trucks and motorcycles.
There are also packed race schedules at both the Interlake Dragway (formerly the Gimli Dragway) in Gimli and at the Red River Co-op Speedway.
Here's a few upcoming car shows that may also get your motor running:
-- The Manitoba Oldsmobile Car Club (MOCC) invites all classic and special-interest cruisers to attend their first annual car show on Sunday at Jim's Vintage Garage on the main drag in Headingley.
-- If motorcycles turn your crank, you will want to check out the 12th annual Buffalo Rally being held by the Antique Motorcycle Club of Manitoba in Niverville. The rally takes place from June 29-July 1 and includes meals, a road ride and entertainment. There will also be a public show and shine on June 30 in downtown Niverville.
-- On July 1, the Manitoba Mopar Association is back with their popular Mopar 'n' Friends annual Canada Day show and shine at the Rainbow Stage parking lot in Kildonan Park.
-- If you want to show off your ride alongside some creations from the next generation of cruisers, make sure you check out the Murdoch Motorsports Cruizin Back to School Car Show on the evening of July 4 at Murdoch McKay Collegiate in Transcona.
-- The one event you truly don't want to miss is the Gimli Car Club's 10th annual Cruisin' Gimli Beach car show on July 8 in Gimli. Last year, more than 700 cruisers made the scenic run to Gimli and this year for their 10th anniversary, organizers are hoping more than 1,000 cars, trucks and motorcycles attend this cruisers' carnival.
-- If British cars are more up your alley, check out the 10th annual All British Car Show at the Forks on July 15. Every year a really nice variety of imported vehicles from across the pond makes the scene.
-- On July 22, the Lions Club of East St. Paul will present its 13th Annual Show & Shine at the East St. Paul Community Centre, 266 Hoddinott Rd. In addition to a great outdoor show and shine, the event's major sponsor, Nott Auto Corp., will feature a popular import tuner show inside the arena.
For more detailed information and directions to these great events and many more cool cruising destinations throughout the city and around the province, make sure you check out the events listings at the Manitoba Association of Auto Clubs (MAAC) website at www.maac.cc .