The weekend southern Alberta car enthusiasts look forward to all year long is just around the corner.
The 41st edition of Street Machine Weekend, put on by the local Street Wheelers Car Club, takes place the second week of July. The fun actually begins before the weekend, with a Thursday Night Drive-In Movie scheduled for July 11 to whet the appetite of auto aficionados.
Recreating the drive-in movie experience from a bygone era, the event taking place at the Exhibition Park south parking lot will feature classic drive-in food and a beer garden, along with live music. The featured film will be “Days of Thunder,” a 1990 auto-racing picture starring Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Robert Duvall and Randy Quaid. Gates will open at 6 p.m. and admission is $20 per car.
One of the event’s highlights — the popular Friday Night Cruise — goes July 12, featuring parade-style cruising along 3 Avenue South from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. The event, which is free to spectators, is an annual hit with the public, with people of all ages lining the avenue to watch the colourful stream of wheeled conveyances which range from classic muscle cars to restored antiques to vehicles of more recent vintage.
Saturday, July 13 will feature the event’s own automotive “Thunder” when drivers show off their cars’ horsepower in the 100-Foot Dash taking place at the Exhibition Grandstand. Racing begins at 10 a.m., and admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages six to 12, and free for children under six. Food and beverages will be available on site.
The Auto X event returns Sunday, July 14 at the Exhibition Park south parking lot, with racing starting at 10 a.m. Admission is free for spectators, and again, food and beverages will be available.
Another popular part of the event, the Sunday Show and Shine, returns to Galt Gardens (west end), where it attracts fans of all ages who come to view the amazing variety of automobiles and more. Some of the vehicles displayed hail from many years ago, offering a wonderful trip down Memory Lane for some, or a glimpse into the past for younger spectators.
Those wanting to display a vehicle can register from 9 a.m. to noon that day, with entry fee at $10 per vehicle. The trophy presentation will take place at 3 p.m. Admission to spectators is free.
It all adds up to a weekend and more of fun for all ages.
For more details, visit the website at https://streetwheelers.com.