XXX unveils biggest car show schedule yet

February 9, 2010

By David Hayes

If you have a car club and missed out getting on the 2010 calendar of shows at the XXX Rootbeer Drive-In, you’ll have to be quicker next year. This year’s list is filled.“Out of 52 weekends in a year, 38 of those are ours,” said Jose Enciso Jr., who organizes the schedule at the XXX. “That’s pretty damn good.”

Pretty good, especially if you consider that the annual Spring Opener Car Show May 16 actually used to kick off the yearly schedule. This year, the schedule has its earliest kickoff ever, with the fourth annual Swedish Car Cruise choosing the XXX for its event.

Enciso said there are four new events on the 2010 schedule:

-The first Jeep Wrangler & 4×4 Roundup on April 18 (“I’m pretty excited about this one,” Jose said. “It’s the Northwest with its rain and mud. They go together like root beer and ice cream.”

-The Topless N.W. Convertibles & More Show on June 13 (“This is actually an all-women’s club. They thought it’d be a pretty catchy name to get attention.”

-Volkswagen Fall Fling on Oct. 17 (“These guys just used to show up unofficially on their own, that we finally put them on the schedule.”

-And the first Blood, Sweat & Gears Blood Drive on Oct. 24.

As excited as Enciso is about all the shows, it’s the Blood, Sweat & Gears event that has his antenna raised the most.

“It’s going to be a blood drive in collaboration with Virginia Mason, with a Halloween theme to benefit the American Red Cross,” Enciso said.

Owners of all cars and makes are welcome to the all-day show and encouraged to arrive in costume. Unlike the rest of the free shows throughout the year, there will be a $15 registration fee, or participants can donate blood. Enciso promises to have the docs from the bloodmobile dressed appropriately as vampires.

“So, everyone is invited to come on down and do the monster mash with us,” Enciso said.

As full as the schedule is for 2010, Enciso is already looking forward to expanding it by one night for 2011.

“For next year, we’re going to do a first annual Saturday Night Sock Hop,” he said. “There will be a stage set up with a live band. We’ll be open until midnight. And everyone is invited to come dressed in their best 1950’s and ’60’s look.”

Look for the event to be added sometime in summer 2011.

2010 car show schedule

All car shows are at XXX Rootbeer Drive-In, 98 N.E. Gilman Blvd., and start at 8 a.m., unless otherwise noted.

Feb. 14 — Fourth annual Swedish Car Cruise, 9 a.m.

March 14 — Stangnation.com second anniversary show

March 21 — Volkswagen Cruise-In, noon

March 28 — NWMotoring.com Spring Fling, 9 a.m.

April 11 — Fourth annual All Emergency Vehicles Show

April 18 — Jeep Wrangler & 4×4 Roundup

April 24 — Vintage Military Vehicles Show, 11 a.m.

April 25 — All Italian Car Show

May 2 — All Porsche Show

May 16 — Spring Opener Car Show

May 23 — Old Rides Car Show

June 6 — Burgers and BMWs

June 13 — Topless N.W. Convertibles & More Show

June 20 — Fenders on Front Street

June 27 — Boulevard CC Custom Car Show

July 4 — Trucks, Buses, Station Wagons Show

July 11 — All Chevy Show

July 18 — Burgers & Bikes of All Types

July 25 — Cascade Cougar Club Prowl

Aug. 1 — N.W. Corvair & Orphaned Cars

Aug. 8 — N.W Muscle Car Show

Aug. 15 — NWCCC 55, 56, 57 Chevy Show

Aug. 22 — All Corvette Show

Aug. 23 — Vintage Chevy Club Show, 5 p.m.

Sept. 5 — 14th annual Rat Bastards Rat Rod Show

Sept. 12 — Fourth annual Al Ford Car Show

Sept. 19 — Mopar and More Show

Sept. 26 — Second Mini Cooper Show

Oct. 10 — Magnums, Chargers, 300s & Challengers, noon

Oct. 17 — Volkswagen Fall Fling, noon

Oct. 23 — PT Cruisers Pumpkin Bash, 10 a.m.

Oct. 24 — First Blood, Sweat & Gears Blood Drive, 10 a.m.

Dec. 5 — Ninth annual Jingle Bell Cruz/Toys for Tots, noon

David Hayes: dhayes@isspress.com, 392-6434, ext. 237. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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2 Responses to “XXX unveils biggest car show schedule yet”

  1. XXX Root Beer Issaquah 2010 Car Shows :: Eastside Report on February 10th, 2010 10:57 am

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  2. Last 901 on March 4th, 2011 2:19 pm

    I’ve been an Issaquah resident for over 30 years so the XXX is a familiar landmark. I’ve eaten there a number of times and while I don’t think I’d take a date there if I was about to promote marriage, I have to admit I’m very fond of the place.

    The food is pretty good as far as i’m concerned, but they can sometimes go over the top with the portion sizes, especially some of the burgers. At least there’s a Virginia Mason satellite clinic next door ad a Swedish Emergency room just down the street for those cardiac patients who may need their services.

    I’ve read a few reviews and don’t disagree with the diversity of opinions and experiences. What I do want to tell people reading this is that this has got to be one of the few places around that hosts a car show nearly every weekend. Check their website for a schedule. It’s a perfect venue.

    Secondly, the owner, Jose, is a very friendly and generous guy. I recall one informal and impromptu gathering of a few friends with Corvettes and we agreed to meet at the XXX to begin an early morning tour. Even though the XXX wasn’t open, Jose opened the doors for us, made us coffee (for free) and shared with us his stories and his mission for the place.

    I don’t think many people know that much of the proceeds from the weekly car events are given by Jose and his XXX to charity.

    It may not be Canlis or The Metropolitan Grill, but it’s the best place for a bunch of car guys – especially those, like me, who still seem to have a foot stuck back in the 60′s. I adore this place….

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