The Road Hazards Car Club is back for another season of cruise nights and car shows.
Bruce Parkinson, Road Hazards member, remembers the club’s humble origins back in 1995 where the club consisted of less than ten members, and how far it has come to now have over 100 today.
“The basic concept of the car club was just some like-minded people interested cars, old cars and modified cars that got together and traveled to places to have somewhere to basically show their cars off,” said Mr. Parkinson. “I believe we started somewhere around 17 years ago at the old Canadian Tire (40 Broadway Ave.), and then we moved to the new Canadian Tire (99 First St.) and it has grown. We started with six cars. We had six cars every week for about a year and then it really started to catch on.”
Mr. Parkinson remembers when the cars were not even able to fill the old Canadian Tire lot, yet when became quite popular that at the new Canadian Tire, they ran out of space.
“We would be out to the Broadway side, and we wouldn’t even fill that. Then Canadian Tire moved to the new location and we’ve been there ever since,” he said. “We ended up becoming too big for the area that they could allow us because it was getting to the point where we were taking too much of the parking lot, so the Fairgrounds has been nice enough to let us use a bit of their parking lot on Wednesday nights.”
The Road Hazards hold many events including during the summer season including the Blues and Jazz Festival, Blues Cruise and Ribfest.
“We’ve done a show in Grand Valley for the last couple of years and we also did the Fall Fair,” said Mr. Parkinson adding that the club holds cruise nights every Wednesday and that they also have a barbecue at the beginning and end of the year (May-September).
“We go out one Wednesday a month to different restaurants in town. We’ve been getting 25-30 out per outing,” said Mr. Parkinson. “For our barbecues, we have one coming up actually on May 18 for long weekend. We have fireworks and more. And we have another one at the end of the year to celebrate in September.”
It is $20 to join and you receive a Road Hazards t-shirt upon joining.
For more information, visit theroadhazards.ca.
Written by Jordan Nunziato