Cruising and drag racing on the Sunshine Coast will debut on the silver screen on Wednesday night at the Raven's Cry Theatre in Sechelt.
Car Show Pictures in cooperation with the Coasters Car Club and the Sunshine Coast Drag Racing Association (SCDRA) will premier their new automotive enthusiasts' DVD Cruisin' TV, Episode One featuring cruising and drags on the Sunshine Coast.
The screening starts at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 28. Tickets for $5 are available at Coast Books, Shop Easy in Sechelt and at the door.
The film provides a lighter overview of the whole custom cruising and drag racing scene, presenting more of the culture including the camaraderie and family aspect of rod runs, drag races and car restoration.
Episode One covers the whole three-day Festival of the Rolling Arts, from the opening reception, Poker Run, Friday night Rod Run and barn dance, through the Saturday classic Show 'n' Shine and Sunday drag races at the airport. Included are more than 400 vehicles in all their glory in this 114-minute feature-length entertaining documentary, plus extra bonus footage, including the six-minute trailer.
Wayne Taylor from the SCDRA and Lloyd Bingley, chair of the Sleepy Hollow Rod Run, are featured prominently, and their commentary is integral to the documentary.
Taylor noted that the District of Sechelt supports the Festival of the Rolling Arts and, in turn, the Coasters and SCDRA support the airport immensely, turning over more than $80,000 to its maintenance budget. The Coasters also donated a Jaws of Life to the fire department last summer, which is demonstrated on the video.
Cruisin' TV's goal is to have an hour-long TV show on the car club lifestyle. Production depends on financing. Car Show Pictures mission is to create informative and entertaining documentary television films around classic, custom and vintage cars and their owners for the television and home video markets. Car Show Pictures is a family-run company consisting of Andrea-Lee Smith, executive producer, husband and producer Richard McGowan and son and director Tobias Raineri.
"Car Show Pictures received tremendous help and support from the communities of Sechelt and Gibsons, members of the Coasters Car Club and the Sunshine Coast Drag Racing Association, as well as local businesses during the making of Cruisin' TV," said Smith. "It is a great example of a great community opening its doors to share a part of themselves they are so deservedly proud of."
Raineri added working on the production was quite refreshing.
"I've been working in the Vancouver film business for eight years, but here, there was a unique sense of welcome and warmth," he said.