Lewisporte car meet at­tracts road en­thu­si­asts

What be­gan as a small car meet has evolved into large gath­er­ing

The Pilot - - Front Page - BY PA­TRICK MUR­PHY Pa­trick.mur­phy@ad­ver­tis­ernl.ca

It may not be sur­pris­ing to find that ev­ery sin­gle one of the em­ploy­ees at an au­to­mo­tive parts store also has a deep af­fec­tion for au­to­mo­biles.

The love of things that go vroom is what spurred Lewisporte’s new­est phe­nom­e­non — the Car­quest car meet.

This sum­mer em­ploy­ees at Car­quest Lewisporte de­cided they would start gath­er­ing once a week to dis­play the labours of their love to the pub­lic. Ev­ery Wed­nes­day evening since late July they have gath­ered in the park­ing lot of the auto parts store.

And they are not alone. “Ob­vi­ously peo­ple wanted it,” store man­ager Craig Hil­lier told the Pilot. “The crowd that was there — it was a big event, the park­ing lot was packed.”

Well over 50 cars, trucks and mo­tor­cy­cles were on hand to par­tic­i­pate, and the event wasn’t short on spec­ta­tors. At one point, well over 100 peo­ple weaved be­tween the parked cars to catch a glimpse of metal and chrome.

“How it all came about it was they al­ways have a scat­tered (car meet) in Gan­der or if there is a spe­cial event,” Hil­lier said. “I was sur­prised it was as busy as it was, but I was happy with it for sure.”

The Aug. 30 gath­er­ing was the fi­nal car meet for the year, but Hil­lier says they ex­pect to host the event again next sum­mer year due to the pop­u­lar­ity.

PA­TRICK MUR­PHY/THE PILOT

Jor­dan Moyles (pic­tured, sec­ond from right) is the owner of this 2002 Honda Civic, half Acura swap. The car is a blend of both man­u­fac­tures’ ve­hi­cles in or­der to in­crease per­for­mance. Look in­side the Pilot for more photo highlights from the Aug. 30 car meet in Lewisporte.

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