This Sunday, Sept. 4th, get yourself to Mattawa’s Mike Rodden Arena to take in a car themed double feature in the company of some classic cars. The Mattawa Good Time Cruisers is hosting the event, which the club bills as an indoor sit-down drive-in.
Well, it’s a drive-in in spirit, the public cannot drive into the arena. However, club members will be driving in and parking their cars at the back of the arena for everyone to enjoy. At the opposite side they’re setting up a big screen with lots of room for people to take a seat and enjoy the shows. First up is the Pixar produced Cars, which begins at 5 p.m. Once 8 p.m. rolls around it’s time for Smokey and the Bandit.
Organizers remind you to bring your own chair, because if not, you’ll be sitting or standing on the Mike Rodden Arena’s rink floor. It might make the movie a little long for most tastes. And there will be snacks available for purchase as the town is running the canteen that night.
The town has been very helpful with the event, explained Dave Thibault, the president of the Mattawa Good Time Cruisers. The arena space was donated to the group for the event, because the Good Time Cruisers also give back to the community. Each year the group donates to the Youth Program and the food bank.
The car club changed its name this year to the current Mattawa Good Time Cruisers. Previously, it was known as the V-Track. Many of the same people are involved, and Thibault noted the club has about 20 members—“there are lots of classic cars in Mattawa,” Thibault said. And more keep appearing. This past year Thibault with the help of his son, Fabian, built up a 1969 Dodge Charger to look like the General Lee—just like the Duke’s of Hazard drove.
Will that car be at the drive-in show? You can bet your boots. As will many other gems from the club members’ collections. Expect to see some classic steel and well-toned Detroit muscle parked at the back of the arena come Sunday eve.
“This is all new,” Thibault emphasized. The idea of the drive-in, the movies, all are novel to the club, but if it goes well, more will follow. Why Smokey and the Bandit? “That’s one we all remember seeing at the drive-in,” Thibault recalled, “so we thought we’d start with that.” As for Pixar’s Cars? Well, the theme obviously fits the club’s style.
The Mike Rodden Arena is located at 450 Hurdman Street, in Mattawa. The first show begins at five, with the second starting at eight. Tickets are $5 for the kids and $10 for adults per show. For updates, be sure to follow the Mattawa Good Time Cruisers’ Facebook page.
David Briggs is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter who works out of BayToday, a publication of Village Media. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada.
David Briggs, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, BayToday.ca