Beaches Cruise-In: The Beaches Summertime Cruisin, which takes place on Wednesday evenings from July through September at the Portland International Raceway, brings more than 1,000 hot rods, exotic sports cars, and motorbikes to the grass to watch the dragsters compete as there’s also late-night drags. Beaches is the place to be for motorheads of all ages, thanks to its excellent cuisine, which includes wood-smoked BBQ specialties, live music, and a shaded picnic area. Watch the video below for a sample of some of the cars!
Beaches Cruise-In Compilation
Enjoy this collection of muscle cars and hot rods from a 2021 Beaches Cruise-In event I attended. So many beautiful cars. In the summer months, the Beaches Summertime Cruisin’ draws an average of 1,200 automobiles to the track every Wednesday night during the summer months. The Beaches Summertime Cruise-In began at the Vancouver site of the Beaches Restaurant before relocating to the racetrack 18 years ago.
Wednesday Night Drags and Beaches Summertime Cruisin
Portland International Raceway hosts classic cars and finely tuned race cars on Wednesday nights as part of E.T. Drag races and Beaches Summertime Cruisin. As part of the weekly Beaches Cruise-In, more than 1,000 cars, trucks, and motorcycles from pre-1974 will be arriving at the raceway starting at 4 p.m. You can admire everything from Corvette to Mercedes as spectators walk along with the classic cars. The cost of general admission is $10 a person, with all proceeds going to the Beaches Restaurant for various outreach organizations.
A spectator can walk just a few hundred meters to the drag strip, where they can witness race cars in their elapsed times or E.T. drag racing. E.T. racing is where cars of different speeds race to give the slower car a lead. Timed runs start at 4:30 pm, with elimination races beginning at 7:30.
What Is the Distinction Between a Car Show and Beaches Cruise-In?
Car gatherings can be a great hobby and a fun pastime. There are many people who have different tastes and preferences about cars. These events are a great way to meet other car enthusiasts. You may see on flyers or announcements that a particular car gathering is called either a “car show” (or “cruise-in”), and many people wonder if the difference between them.
What is the difference between Beaches cruise-in and a car show? Car shows are formal and often require fees for all participants. You will often find prizes, as well as food, music, and swap-meets. A cruise-in is a less formal event that involves a small group of people meeting in a parking lot or a park for a few hours. There is no charge.
It is easy to confuse car shows with cruise-ins. However, they have the same goal: they allow people to show off their cars and allow others to share their appreciation for the automobile. So visit the Beaches Cruise-In and just have fun!