Dubbo is set to become the "Australian capital of horsepower" at the weekend for an event that pays homage to motors and movies - and the icon that brings them together.
Car lovers from across NSW will converge at Dubbo Westview Drive-In to marvel at machines before they turn their gaze to a big screen that opened 50 years ago this month.
The outdoor cinema is playing cult classic Running on Empty on Friday and Saturday nights and enduring favourite Grease on Sunday night to celebrate the milestone.
It brings to fruition huge efforts by the drive-in team to rebuild for the future after COVID-19 restrictions came into force in March days out from the original date scheduled for its Running on Empty event.
Ticket holders stuck with the organisers, and while interstate travellers can't attend, patrons are coming from across NSW.
Car enthusiasts Martin and Susan Wade of Dubbo are shining up their pride and joy to attend the sell-out Saturday night screening.
"We are looking forward to seeing all the cars out for this event on Saturday night," Mrs Wade said.
"While disappointed that the interstate cars can't make it this time it is still great to have an excuse to get the car out of the shed and take her for a run and see some other like-minded people's cars at the same time.
"The drive-in is a great venue to gather and it is cool to go back in time to see movies at the drive-in again."
Strong demand led to the opening up of tickets for a Friday night screening of Running on Empty.
On Sunday morning the celebrations will continue with the Westview Drive-In Coffee Cruise.
Members of the public are welcome to attend the free event, but must book tickets due to COVID-19 measures.
On Sunday night fans dressed as Pink Ladies are some of those expected at Grease, and tickets are on sale on the Dubbo Westview Drive-In website.