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Water & Wheels: Three-day event kicks off today

By Staff | Mar 22, 2018

A three-day family-oriented event is being held at Cape Harbour starting today, complete with boats, cars and live music.

Tim Hoffman, one of the owners of Fathoms Restaurant & Bar, said they started the annual Water & Wheels event more than 10 years ago because Cape Coral has 400 miles of canals and is a huge boating area, as well as an area that has many exotic cars.

“It’s a good match to combine those two,” Hoffman said. “It’s been very successful. Cape Harbour is a very open community. (People can) come down wander around and explore. It’s all spread out about the Cape Harbour community and it provides a nice atmosphere. It’s a nice attraction for the entire city of Cape Coral.”

Water & Wheels will be held Friday, March 23, through Sunday, March 25, at Cape Harbour.

It’s a very safe environment for kids to walk around, a great family event. The parents can sit down and the kids can run around and play in the circle while (parents) are having a drink. There is a lot of open spaces in Cape Harbour and that makes it a nice setting,” Hoffman said.

He invites people to come on down today and watch as the boats are coming in, while listening to live music by 3 CrookedSteps. He said it’s a great opportunity to do some “window shopping’ before the boat show kicks off on Saturday.

The opening day will be held from noon to 6 p.m. with the live music taking place from 6 to 10 p.m.

“It’s a great opportunity for families to shop around, get a bite to eat, have some ice cream from The French Press,” Hoffman said.

The boat show, kicking off at 9 a.m. Saturday, will feature in-water, up to 50 foot yachts, as well as many land-based trailer boats, fishing kayaks and paddleboats. Boat safety inspections will be given by the Coast Guard.

Saturday will end with live music from Iconic from 6 to 10 p.m.

Sunday will be mostly about cars, although the boat show will be held from 9 a.m. to noon.

“Sunday, the cars will be here as early as sunup,” Hoffman said, adding that the show will open to the public from 9 a.m. to 3 or 4 p.m.

Those interested in registering their car for the show need to be there by 7 a.m. Sunday. There is no fee for registration.

“We will find a category for any car that shows up as long as it runs,” Hoffman said.

The famous Michigander Top Fuel Nitro Dragster will fire twice during the car show.

“It’s fantastic to hear and see that. It’s loud. It’s so loud, but fun,” he said.

Live music will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. by Chris Workman. DJ Music Tom’s Traveling Tunes will also be part of Sunday’s festivities.

Trophies will be presented for a plethora of categories including customs; Corvettes 1953-1999; Corvettes 2000-2018; stock restored 1900-1948; stock restored 1949-present; foreign cars; muscle cars; special interests street rods-open tops; street rods-coupes; street rods-sedans; Mustangs; motorcycles; race cars; sponsors home built 80 percent by owners and trucks.

Sunday’s event is great, Hoffman said because people can roam freely while walking the docks and looking at the cars.

There is ample parking for participants and spectators, Hoffman said. They will open and convert one of the large parts of the land for parking.

Shuttle services will be provided to the attendees.

“The garages are available for a fee,” he said.

Water & Wheels is sponsored by Safe Harbor, Fathoms and The French Press.

Hoffman said he enjoys the event because he loves boats and enjoys cars.

“The ability to have two things that I enjoy in one central spot . . . it’s just a fun time,” he said. “It’s a nice gathering of people wandering around in this community and it feels really exciting when it happens.”

For more information, call (239) 542-0707.