Although the Winter of 2010/11 had been harsh by any standards, the cold weather and even a threat of snow didn’t deter the hardy folks in the Pacific Northwest from gathering to celebrate the New Year. Spirits were high among the many European car enthusiasts who came out to kick-start the season with the first event of 2011, the Port Townsend Cruise.
Even a last-minute venue change two days prior to the event wasn’t enough to cause a mass exodus. Flooding prevented the use of Port Townsend’s Memorial Field as the final destination for more than 500 cars. This could have been a disaster, but the tight-knit community got the word out about a back-up venue, so the cruise was a great success after all.
As always, charitable donations were offered up by the attendees as well as residents of Port Townsend, who welcome the cruise each year with open arms. A total of 2500 lb of food and $330 was collected to benefit Northwest Harvest – a charity committed to feeding the hungry in Washington State (northwestharvest.org).
Special thanks goes to organizers Achtuning, volunteers from local club BPC Dubs, staff and volunteers from Jefferson County Parks & Recreation and the City of Port Townsend for allowing the Euro owners to invade their beautiful seaside town.
The Port Townsend Cruise has continued to grow each year and always provides both cool cars to admire and new people to meet. To keep updated about future Northwest events, visit the official Port Townsend Cruise website porttownsendcruise.com or check out facebook.com/porttownsendcruise.
The event is open to all Euros, attracting a friendly mix of VWs, Audis and BMWs along with the occasional Mercedes and Volvo, etc. As it’s name suggests, everybody gets to cruise together and meet for an informal show in pleasant surroundings – what more could you ask for!