Nigel Neufeld (above) accepts his North Island Cruisers’ scholarship from Cruisers treasurer

Education plans of two young auto enthusiasts get a boost from N. I. Cruisers

The Cruisers are committed to encouraging the next generation of car crazy guys and gals

Ben Manson accepts his scholarship from North Island Cruisers Selection Committee member Ralph Beaumont.

The North Island Cruisers (NIC) awarded two $1,000 scholarships to two deserving automotive enthusiast in the North Island who are passionate about the car hobby.

Ben Manson and Nigel Neufeld are this year’s recipients of the North Island Cruisers Educational Scholarships.

The Cruisers are committed to encouraging the next generation of car crazy guys and gals. These individuals put a lot of work into their applications and are chosen because they will be worthy ambassadors for the car hobby as well as successful in whatever path they choose in life.

The Cruisers consider Manson and Neufeld as two great examples of the car hobby’s future.

Manson is from Campbell River and will put his scholarship toward the Computer Science program at Vancouver Island University.

You may see him driving his red 1962 Valiant Station Wagon around town. It’s a unique vehicle and is an ongoing project. He was awarded the “Young Gun” award at the NIC’s annual car show last year.

As well as being a “car guy,” hockey and music are an important part of his life. Since graduating high school, Manson has worked for Yellow Island Aquaculture for the past year, but is looking forward to going back to school full time this fall.

Neufeld, also of Campbell River, is also going to be attending Vancouver Island University, but in the Graphic Design program.

Neufeld’s automotive interest is in racing. He started at the tender age of 12 when he received a race driving class as a birthday gift.

He now has six years of experience and campaigns wearing the number 98 Hyundai Tiburon at Saratoga Speedway that he and his Dad built.

Neufeld is an accomplished musician and volunteers for many causes in the city. He also is a valued employee at our local McDonald’s restaurant.

The North Island Cruisers know that automotive enthusiasts come from all walks of life.

Funds for these scholarships are raised through their annual car Show & Shine – “Always Labour Day Sunday” – held in downtown Campbell River.

Don’t miss this year’s Cruise Night leaving the A&W at Discovery Harbour at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3, and their 23rd Annual Show & Shine, Sept. 4 downtown.