Classic Cars on the North Coast

By Cheri Brubaker | Tuesday, September 3, 2019
I’ve loved cars since my first one, a 1979 Ford Mustang. The Toyota Corolla that followed it wasn’t as cool, but I made up for it with the Jeep Wrangler that came next. My favorite car? Hands down, Van Everett, a 1986 VW Westfalia. The best score? The Hot Car, a soon to be classic 1981 BMW 320is. It didn't cost much in the mid 2000s. It wasn't fast, but that car could take a curve. After a few years we sold it, also for not much, as it fell victim to Midwestern rust.
 
What do I drive now? A very sensible, albeit a little bland for my taste, Toyota Prius. And we’ve got Ron Burgundy, our old, square-body GMC pickup truck, that remains in our driveway as my husband walks to work. 
 
So it should come as no surprise that I'm checking out all the cool, vintage rides at the Wheel and Waves Car Show in Seaside this weekend from Thursday through Sunday. I remember my son's excitement when we attended this event a few years ago. The exhibitors were so kind, sharing their knowledge and enthusiasm for their cars. I highly recommend this family-friendly event in lively Seaside.
 
Photo Credits to Seaside Oregon Car Shows
 
Wheels and Waves is actually made up of two events going. Those who want to enter a show vehicle 1965 or older can find registration information here. There's a separate competition for quality cars 1974 and older. Online registration has closed, but you can register onsite. Entry is $45 per vehicle. Viewing all the cars is free. Bring your cameras! You don't see cars like these every day. Find more information and a schedule of events here.
 
The car show kicks off with the Senior Cruise on Thursday at 4 p.m., where the cars take a tour of local senior living facilities. There's a poker run on Friday from 12 to 6 p.m., and the classic cars take a cruise through downtown on Saturday at 4 p.m. Cars will line the downtown streets Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the event finishes with an awards ceremony and ice cream social for participants on Sunday at noon.
 
1966 Ford Mustang Fastback; photo credits to The Chinook Observer
 
While in Seaside, another fun event for the family this weekend is Lewis and Clark Salt Makers Return. Join interpreters from at the Pacific Northwest Living Historians at the Seaside Museum and Historical Society as they demonstrate how the Lewis and Clark expedition made salt during their famed exploration. Admission is free on Saturday and Sunday, 12 to 5 p.m.
 
If you’re seeking local lodging during your visit, we have a guide for Seaside, OR, hotels here. And to find a place to dine out, check out a few of these Seaside, OR, restaurants
 
Another notable happening on the North Coast is the fourth annual Oktoberfest in the Dairylands. Sponsored by Monday Music Club of Tillamook, this food, music and dance event celebrates cultural influences of Tillamook. Listen to the Fabulous Polkatones while you enjoy delicious Bravaian cuisine from chef Nelia Seratista. Dance with the Tirolean Dancers of Oregon at 2nd Street Plaza in Tillamook from 12 to 6 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $10 and available online.

It's a great time of year to visit the local farmers markets, and there are many great community events happening throughout the North Coast that are free or low cost. For additional North Coast happenings, view our Daytime Events and Nightlife pages. It's going to be a beautiful weekend. Maybe I'll see you in Seaside at the car show! Drive safely, and have fun.

 
About the Author Cheri Brubaker
Cheri Brubaker is a writer living on the Oregon Coast. She enjoys sharing her favorite places to dine, hike, shop and explore this beautiful, rugged place she is so fortunate to call home. Join Cheri as she guides you along Oregon's spectacular North Coast.