25Crescent City… Where the Redwoods Meet the Pacific
Photos by Phil Nutzhorn Story by Janette Burlison
Columbus Day weekend in Crescent City, California, the annual Sea Cruise Car Show weekend. The Northern Knights Car Club and the Crescent City/Del Norte County Chamber of Commerce hosted the 25th, "Silver Anniversary" Sea Cruise Weekend.
For the past 25 years the Sea Cruise has taken place in the small coastal community of Crescent City, located in Northern California just below the Oregon border. What started as a small group of car enthusiasts holding a small car show in 1992 at Beach Front Park has grown into hundreds of classic cars arriving in town on Friday to open the weekend with a Show and Shine downtown and ending on Sunday with a Poker Run through the Redwoods and along the coast, thus, "Where the Redwoods Meet the Sea."
October is normally Indian Summer weather and 2016 was no different. Hundreds of classics lined the streets of Crescent City for the Show and Shine on Friday, October 7 with many activities and businesses keeping extended hours. The local Elks Lodge was open with the Emblem Club hosting their Sea Cruise dinner and the merchants were offering Sea Cruise specials. Live music and a beer garden were also available featuring local microbrews and local entertainment.
On Saturday, October 8, the masses converged at Beach Front Park where the fun continued. With a back drop scene of the Pacific Ocean, 300 cars, trucks and motorcycles were directed to their designated parking areas beginning at 8 AM - Participant judging concluded at noon. The variety and beauty ranged from an 1896 Riker Electric car to an electric car that was was developed and is being built by the local high school automotive students.
Best of Show honors went to a 1941 Willys coupe that was chosen by the show participants. There are 56 different categories with first and second being awarded trophies, along with special categories that include Best of Show and Best Paint. As the afternoon turns to evening and all the awards have been distributed, the festivities continue in the park with "Brews, Blues and Cruise", featuring local blues bands and local brews and a closed circuit sanctioned cruise for registered show participants, through the streets of Crescent City.
On Sunday, the Sea Cruise weekend concludes with a Poker Run and if that isn't your cup of tea you can always take a walk on the beach or enjoy breakfast by the sea at one of the locally owned restaurants before heading home.
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