Cruisin’ On First engages youth through special judging night
Typically, the classic and antique car hobbies have been geared towards older people, creating
that opportunity to relive their youths and experience days long past. Often, it has more to do with the finances than a specific generational appeal, though that tendency to love the cars you first were introduced to certainly plays a role as well. One of the most wonderful parts of the hobby is that it’s not one that’s limited to owners; a large portion of the fun of it comes from the spectators who come out regularly to marvel at the beautiful vehicles. There’s something special that comes from learning about cars and how they function, and learning about the different ways in which to restore or maintain these items that walk straight out of the history books.
Everyone seems to have a style of car they are drawn to, whether it’s the sleek, sharp designs of the Corvette’s, the curvy, smooth styles of the British Classics, or the large, thick protruding edges of American Muscle. As the current generation of car lovers begins to age, there’s only one way to get the potential enthusiasts of tomorrow to develop that same passion: by introducing them to the wonders that are cars at a young age. David Murphy, Business Relations Manager at MacMaster Buick GMC and Orangeville Chrysler, is considered incredibly young to be part of the car enthusiast hobby. In his mid-twenties, many have wondered how he could manage to pull off classic car shows and have the knowledge that he has. But as Danny Brackett, President of MacMaster has said on many occasions, David’s love for cars has been a part of his life for pretty much as long as he can remember. Which is why, when the need arose to take over running the local car shows from the Road Hazards, it simply made sense for him. With one entire summer of shows under his belt, it’s easy to see that David has succeeded in continuing the Road Hazards tradition of excellent cruise nights that continue to grow in popularity. Part of that can be attributed to David’s desire to see the shows — particularly the weekly Wednesday Cruise Night at Canadian Tire — grow and evolve to be so much more than just a night to admire the beautiful vehicles from around that area. From specific theme nights, to the first ever Youth Judging Night, David’s new direction has been met with a positive response. Although it was originally supposed to be held on August 26th, the first Youth Judging Night was cancelled due to cold, rainy weather. But the weather decided to cooperate, and on September 2nd, car owners were lining up to submit their vehicles to the judging night. Sponsored by Hagerty Classic Car Insurance,
participating youths received a flashy hat and t-shirt, a pen, name tag/lanyard identifying them as a judge, and a notepad to keep track of the cars. “I want[ed] to get youth involved in the judging to help engage [them] in the car hobby, [as well as] to show them the unique character and great stories that these cars have,” David explained last month.
“History is something that may start to be lost, but we want to carry these cars – and most importantly their stories – into the next generation so that they are not lost.” Despite having to be postponed for a week, the special event saw nine youth participate in the judging competition. The youth were given some instructions on the kinds of things to look for, and escorted around the show to check out the participating vehicles for them to decide on. The kids were incredibly enthusiastic, especially when they found out that their winning choices would receive trophies. The winners of the first ever Youth Judging Night at Cruising on First were: • 1978 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 owned by Peter Morneau • 1982 Delorean DMC-12 owned by Jeff Bennett • 1965 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible owned by Jack Idzik • 1965 Pontiac GTO owned by Joe Walsh • 1951 Chevrolet 3100 Pickup owned by Jim Thew “It was a really great night for the first Youth Judging Night,” said David. “The kids were really excited and there were a lot of great cars for them to pick from. This is definitely something we would like to have again if possible.” Written & Photos by Tabitha Wells