Caledon Cruisers to close out season with car show at the Bolton Fall Fair
As Fall approaches, car enthusiasts all over prepare to put their treasured rides away for hibernation. Canadian winters and salty roads are no place for these babied four-wheeled friends.
The Caledon Cruisers, one of the longest running car clubs in the area, meet all summer – every Thursday evening at the Canadian Tire Parking lot in Bolton. This year, they are ending the season with a flourish, hosting a Car Show as part of the Bolton Fall Fair, hosted by the Albion & Bolton Agricultural Society. The Car Show will be on Saturday September 26th from noon until 5 pm. All cars are welcome, and there will be awards presented to vehicles, a shared donation draw, sponsor door prizes giveaways and the first 100 registered vehicle will receive a goody bag with dash plaque. Over the years the Club has supported several local charities, including Bethel Hospice, Meals on Wheels, Family Transition Place and Big Brothers. During the show the club will make a draw to see which of the four chosen charities will receive a cheque for more than $2000, raised by members throughout the season. “Charity has always been a primary consideration for the club from the start” says Pasquale Tortorici, the recently appointed club President. “We want to give back to the community we have enjoyed and raised our families in. It’s an important part of our club’s mission and this year is special.” Tortorici was originally reluctant to step in as President. The club was considering disbanding and he didn’t want to see that happen. Earlier this year his offer to help out quickly lead to his election as club President, where he has spent the season working hard to revitalise interest in the Caledon Cruisers. “My goal moving forward is to get as many new members as possible, we need new younger members to join. Membership is now just $25 and includes a Caledon Cruisers Hat and 3 free draw tickets. We pretty much break even on it, but it’s not about how much we take in it’s about having members to call it a club, they give it its face and heart and they make it happen by supporting the club,” says Tortorici.
“We are also continuing with the Bruce Chevalier Technical Award which is given to the best Transportation Student at Humberview High School at the end of the year.” The club created the award in memory of founding member Bruce Chevalier who passed away in 2012. As well as honouring a dear friend, it’s one of the ways the club is making a new generation of car enthusiasts aware of Caledon Cruisers. The club’s youngest member is Pasquale’s son, Marco, who proudly shows off his ’87 VW Scirocco, a car older than he is. He bought the car before he even had a license, and has spent years lovingly bringing it back to life. Fifteen-year-old Humberview student Andrew Zhang has been photographing members’ cars for personal interest, and took the photos you see here. The club considers him an “honourary member” and have showcased some of his photos on their website in appreciation of the youngster’s enthusiasm. With free entry and a registration fee of just $5, Tortorici expects a great turn out at this year’s Bolton Fair Car Show on Sept 26th, and is looking to close out the season on a high note. Then the cars can all go into hibernation for the Canadian winter, dreaming of snow-free tarmac and admiring eyes next Spring. For more on the Caledon Cruisers visit: http://caledoncruisers.com Written by Aladin Jarrah