Road Hazards car show helps chronicle a century of Headwaters Health Care
Wheeling in the Years Road Hazards car show helps chronicle a century of Headwaters Health Care.
It is getting to a point where practically every major social event in Orangeville is encountering a road hazard…and folks couldn’t be happier.
The Road Hazards are an Orangeville-based classic car club and their car shows are a fixture at such events as Orangeville Blues and Jazz, the Rotary Ribfest and the Orangeville Fall Fair.
So, when Headwaters Health Care Centre began organizing its 100th anniversary celebrations, it was a natural fit for the Road Hazards to participate.
While it’s not uncommon to have up to 200 classic vehicles show up at a Road Hazards show, the Headwaters event on Oct. 13 was a smaller, more eclectic affair due to space restraints at the hospital grounds.
Nevertheless, the Road Hazards made the best of it. The show featured a unique twist, where ten vehicles were lined up and each represented a decade.
They started with a 1919 Dodge Roadster, (representing 1910-1920) and went right up to the present day.
It should come as no surprise that the Road Hazards were able to find an appropriate vehicle for each decade. After all, the club has grown to well over 100 members since it was first founded in 1995.
It all began that year with three couples sitting down to figure out how an existing cruise night could be improved and to, in the club’s words, have “a multi-voiced say” about government regulations of the day.
The Road Hazard cruise nights take place on Wednesdays, during the summer months, from 6:30 p.m. to dusk.
They take place at the Canadian Tire parking lot in Orangeville.
“We try to always remember what it was like when we went to someone else’s cruise night for the first time, so we hope that we make everyone that comes out, feel comfortable and welcome.
“We are still having lot of fun and we hope that it shows on our Wednesday cruise nights.”
A five-person executive group runs the club and discusses and votes on issues and ideas. There is one general meeting each fall and the members are welcome to voice ideas and suggestions, but they are not obliged to even show up if they choose not to.
The show was a Friday and Saturday affair commemorating Headwaters, a hospital that first opened in 1912 in Orangeville as the Lord Dufferin Hospital.
The hospital was the culmination of a five-year fundraising effort that was spearheaded by the Imperial Order of Daughters of the Empire (IODE).
Health care expanded from Orangeville to Shelburne when the Shelburne Cooperative Nursing Centre was recognized as a public hospital eligible for funding.
The Shelburne District Hospital officially opened in 1962.
Fundraising for the current location, off Highway 9, began in 1988 and the new Headwaters Health Care Centre opened in 1997.
There was a fireworks display on Friday that sparked the celebration which included a parade that featured people born at the hospital.
Written by Dan Pelton
Dr. John Taylor of the Headwaters Health Care Centre administers a checkup to a classic vehicle that belonged to members of the Road Hazards, an Orangeville Classic Car Club that put on a car show at the hospital’s centennial celebrations Oct. 13.