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Road Kings Queen City Cruise headlines busy weekend in Nelson

Nelson Daily Staff
By Nelson Daily Staff
September 4th, 2018

It’s an event that surprisingly began gaining traction on a ride back from a car show in Spokane some 16 years ago said Frank Anderson of the Nelson Road Kings.

More than a decade later, the Queen City Cruise has grown to one of the top five car shows in — number two says Anderson — in Western Canada.

“Sixteen years ago, we were driving back from the Spokane Speed Boat and Auto Show and during the trip back talk started about how nice it would be to put on a car show here in Nelson,” Anderson, one of the executive members of the Nelson Road Kings, recalled. “So, six of us each tossed in $100 and the old Nelson Road Kings was reborn.”

Anderson said the original Road Kings club started in the 1960s, to which his brother was a founding member. The club dissolved, but the new executive decided to start it up again.

Anderson said the Nelson Road Kings now has a registration of approximately 110 members.

“I think it’s the pride we all have to want to make Queen City Cruise the best event it can be,” Anderson said. “It’s that enthusiasm we all seem to have, and the different ideas each member has, that keeps us going.”

Anderson said in a place with the beauty of Nelson makes it easy to attract car buffs from throughout the northern United States and Western Canada.

“We’re always looking for new ideas to improve the Queen City Cruise,” he said. “We go to different car shows ourselves and look for ways to make the event better.”

The 16th Queen City Cruise will have a poker run, a Friday evening parade down Baker Street to the bridge as well as numerous vendors during Saturday’s Show and Shine.

There’s entertainment, beginning Friday afternoon during registration at the Chamber of Commerce in Railtown at the foot of Baker Street.

Following the parade there’s a street dance at Hall Street Plaza in coordination with Nelson Arts Council closing Gala, featuring Clinton Swanson and R&B Revue Band.

Saturday, registration for the Show and Shine on Baker Street begins at 9 a.m. However, cars start to show up at 7 a.m. as owners compete for the best spots on Baker Street.

Poker Walk begins at 10 a.m. along with music by Dallas, Rob Funk and Friends and Brian Kalbfleish and Jesse Lee at the Josephine and Baker stage.

Trophy presentation goes at 3 p.m. in front of Coldwell Banker at 500 block of Baker Street followed by Lordco Poker Run with prize presentation at 5:30 p.m. at Mountain Lake Senior Centre.

“We attract upwards of 400 entrants of car buffs from throughout BC and Alberta ready to show off their vehicles,” Anderson said. “The event fills up hotels from Castlegar to the North Shore and all of Nelson.”

“There’s something for everybody . . . entertainment, fancy cars and trucks and stuff that appeals to everybody,” Anderson adds.

Too bad this event only comes once a year.

For more information check out the Nelson Road Kings website.

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