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Wheels and Waves Basks in Autumn Sun... & Adds Driving Event, Too

By Bob Rosenberry

Outstanding Fall weather greeted the participants (as well as everyone else on hand) at the 2017 installment of Seaside Wheels and Waves. The final number of registered vehicles came to 215, which it turns out, is a number more than sufficient to fill the City of Seaside with color, sharp rides and the enthusiasm typical of this event.

That enthusiasm is nowhere more evident than in the three "driving" events connected to Wheels and Waves, two well established and one new. The established events are the early morning "Roll-In", where red-eyed participants line up along Holladay Avenue waiting for the barricades to swing aside at 7:00 AM, marking the start of the Show and the "Afternoon Cruise In" which the participants make circuits of the downtown area to the enjoyment of throngs of spectators. The third "driving" event, the "Slow Drags", was new this year and, from what we could tell, very well received. For our attempt at explaining how the "Slow Drags" work, along with some pictures, check out the Sidebar (Slow Drags Come To Seaside).

2017's Wheels and Waves also marked the end of an era with respect to the Senior Cruise, long a Thursday fixture of this event. Over the years Dave Pedegana has organized the Cruise but this year he announced his retirement and planned move to the suburban wilds of central Idaho. Our best wishes to Dave and his family.

We would be remiss if we didn't note that this year, 70 vehicles, a new record, made the cruise to the area's three retirement homes. While we expect that the Senior Cruise will continue, we have no details at this time. Kudos also to the Seaside Downtown Development Association, directed by Sarah Dailey, and the Rod Squad for wrangling the entire event to a successful conclusion. The 2018 Seaside Wheels and Waves is scheduled for September 7th through the 10th - We'll be there -Seaside's a good place to be!


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