The Caledon Cruisers will be back for another summer of car shows in Bolton as they gather at the parking lot at Canadian Tire every Thursday night.
This Club isn’t just for classics though, the Cruisers appreciate anyone who shows up with a special vehicle including new cars and hot rods.
The Cruisers’ members are proud of the work they do to keep their rides in top shape.
“The Cruisers are a club of car enthusiasts,” explained Club president Pasquale Tortorici. “They’re not necessarily old cars, some of our members have newer cars. Most classic cars are are classified as 25 years or older. Some of the vehicles that come out aren’t 25 years old. We have a lot that are from the 90’s. As long as you have a car you really respect, something that you don’t drive daily, maybe just for the summer months. If you have pride in your car and it’s not a daily driver, if it’s something you appreciate and want to bring it out for the cruise night – that’s what we sort of have as a ground rule.”
The Club recognizes the fact that many younger car enthusiasts have an appreciation of cars of different eras and they want to make sure they attract younger people who want to bring their automobiles out and put them on display for the public.
“It covers a broader spectrum. This way we can include more of the younger crowd. The younger crowd has different tastes,” Tortorici said, adding for example that his son drives a 1987 Scirocco.
“He’s not into the old classic cars but he’s a member of the Club and he drives an 87 Scirocco. It’s a different style of car, it’s a different era, it’s more modern looking, but he puts the same time and energy into his vehicle as I do. He drives it only in the summer.”
The Club currently has around 40 active members that take part every week.
“It’s still more classic cars than not. It’s a about 80/ 20 right now. We have a lot muscle cars coming out as well. We also have exotic cars like Lamborghinis and Ferraris.”
The Club also takes the opportunity to give back to the community and every summer they raise money for local charities.
Last year they raised $4000 in support of Bethel Hospice, Family Transition Place, Meals on Wheels, and Big Brothers / Big Sisters, and donated $1000 to each group.
Club members are proud of the fact they not only entertain the public through the cruise nights, they can help these local organizations at the same time.
They are currently going into their 29th year as Club. They began the shows at the old Canadian Tire parking lot that used to be located at the other end of town before moving to the currently location in the south end.
The Club also takes the show on the road a couple of times each summer.
They will have a show at the Bolton Fall Fair and also will have cars on display during Caledon Day.
They really enjoy having new people come out to visit.
“We want people to come out and look at the cars and join in. We play music, old music of course. We want them and the kids to feel part of what’s going on. It’s nice to have the community come out. We want to make it more of a social thing. It’s more than just a car club, we want to make it something that unifies Bolton as well. It’s nice to have families come out, look at the cars and listen to the music.”
Club members enjoy people who come out to visit and love talking to people and answering questions about their cars.
The car show takes place every Thursday night from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.
The first show of this year will take place on Thursday, May 24, and runs through to the last week of September.
Written by Brian Lockhart