Cruisin’ on First is back for the summer
It’s always a good day for a car show for many auto enthusiasts and gear-heads who have an appreciation for classic and vintage automobiles.
The Cruisin’ on First Custom and Classic Car Show will once again take place at the Canadian Tire parking lot in Orangeville on Wednesday evenings throughout the summer.
The popular event gives owners of classic and custom cars the chance to show off their rides and mix and mingle with other car owners as well as the public who like to come out and stroll along the rows of automobiles on display.
This is organizer David Murphy’s third year running the show and he is expecting it to be better than ever.
Mr. Murphy is the business relations manager at both MacMaster Buick GMC and Orangeville Chrysler in Orangeville.
“We try to get special interest or classic cars to come out,” Mr. Murphy said. “Classic cars especially are a big experience for both owners and on-lookers. Classic and custom cars are what we are really looking for.”
Classic cars fall under the vintage auto umbrella while custom cars are those those that have been modified or turned into hot rods and feature vehicles that have been lowered, chopped, and customized in as many ways as owners can imagine.
This year it is expected that between 150 and 200 cars will be on display every week when the cars roll into the huge cordoned area of the parking lot.
The show is also a boon for nearby businesses as many visitors will take in the show then wander over to a nearby restaurant for something to eat or visit one of the stores close by.
The show is sponsored by MacMaster Buick GMC, Orangeville Chrysler, Canadian Tire, and Hagerty Classic Car Insurance.
There’s a new theme this year. In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, each month will feature a special decade-themed night.
“Each month we’ll have decade night. The music will be from that decade. There will only be cars from that decade and there will be prizes for people dressed in that time’s style, so we’ll have some fun. There will be a 50s’, 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s night,” Mr Murphy explained. “It will educate people through the decades and kind of transform them back in time. There will also be a Canadian car highlight night close to Canada Day.”
Also this year there will be a youth judging night sponsored by Hagerty where kids aged six to 12 will be able to judge the cars and trophies will be awarded based on the kid’s decision.
The Cruisin’ on First Classic and Custom Car Show will get underway on Wednesday, May 24, and will run every week through to the end of September.
The premise for the weekly event, Mr. Murphy said, is pretty simple: “Bring your classic car out and have fun.”
Written by Brian Lockhart