On the last weekend in May the Lakers Car Club hosts its annual Spring Roundup which has become one of the premier show and shines in the Cariboo. Auto enthusiasts from all over the province gather on the streets of Williams Lake to show off their cherished set of wheels. The two-day event starts on Saturday with a poker run and dinner, followed by the show and shine in downtown Williams Lake on Sunday. There is something of interest for everyone including antiques, classics, hotrods, trucks, motorcycles and more. One class that receives a lot of attention that day is the tractors and stationary engines. Because they are functioning pieces of our history they catch the eye of those who remember them, as well as the younger inquisitive generation. The Lakers Car Club is an organization dedicated to the preservation, restoration and enjoyment of all kinds of automobiles. However, the club also has a strong sense of community which members see as a way of giving back to the many businesses of Williams Lake that support them. Members enjoy volunteering for good causes as well as helping out financially when they can. Another very obvious but important function of the club is the social aspect. By meeting people, working together and achieving together, members ultimately have fun together. Generally the club meets once a week for fun “get togethers” such as cruising to local hangouts or hosting smaller show and shines, such as events at Canadian Tire and A&W Restaurant. Summer is cruising time so whenever possible members attend other shows around the area from as near as 100 Mile House to as far as Seattle. This is an open club, which means anyone who shares an enthusiasm for things mechanical is welcome. Owning a vehicle is not a prerequisite for membership. Members are welcomed to the club regardless of their ability to contribute a little or a lot. The cost is $30 annually. The benefits are priceless.
This is what we have planned for the month of July. Everyone is welcome to join us whether you are a member or not. Come out and introduce yourself.
July1. Meet 6:00 PM at Tourist Discovery Center then cruise to the Seniors Homes
July 8. Meet 6:30 PM at A&W parking lot. Lawn chairs recommended.
July 10. Graffiti Night and Cruise. Dog N Suds 7:00 PM
July 15. Meet at Tim Hortons 6:30 PM Downtown Oliver St. location.
July 22. Monthly General Meeting at Seniors Center 7:00 PM
July 24. Our cruise to 108 Mile has been cancelled due to evacuation alert in the area.
July 25. Sun Cruise to McLeese Lake farmers market. Meet at tourist center at 10:30
July 29. Park and visit at Dog N Suds
Aug 6. Meet at A&W parking lot 6:30. Later take a cruise down Lakeside Drive.
Aug. 12 We are going to Billy Bobs for dinner or snacks. Meet there 6:30 PM
Aug 14. Barn Dance at the Caldwell's 4:00 PM. Chimney Lake
Aug 15. Thoughtless Ambitions Car Show in Quesnel. We're meeting at the tourist
center at 7:00 AM planning to travel as a group.
Aug 19 Park and visit at the Tourist Discovery Center. 6:30 PM
Aug 26. Monthly general meeting at the Senior Center at 7:00 PM
Aug 29. We are holding our summer picnic at McLeese Lake. Wayne and Betty Wirsz have invited us to their beautiful lake front property at 6377 Forglen Rd. Starting at 12 noon we will be barbecuing hamburgers and hotdogs. Pop and water will be supplied. All Lakers members and spouses are welcome. See our facebook page for more details.
Sept 2 Meet at Dog n Suds 6:30 PM
Sept 9 Visit or have dinner at Billy Bob's Pub. Dog Creek Rd. 6:30 PM
Sept 11 Cruise to Chilcotin Lodge for lunch. Meet at tourist info center at 11:00 AM
Sept 17 CANCELLED On this Friday we are having a car show at the Child Development Center on 2nd Ave. BBQ starts at 11:00 AM.
Sept 23. Park and visit at Tim Hortons across from Save On. 6:30 PM
Sept 26. Rotary Club Poker Run. More details to follow.
Sept 30. Monthly General meeting at the Seniors Center on 4th Ave. 7 PM