Weekly gathering of classic cars helps support the community

Cruise nights have returned to Port Colborne this year through September. This year, the Port Colborne Downtown Cruisers are raising funds for Crossing all Bridges, an organization that helps out mentally challenged adults who have completed high school continue with education and helping them to become functioning members in society.

Cruise night Thursday nights have returned to Downtown Port Colborne, the 2017 season kicked off last week with a rainy start.

“Even though we had some rain we still had 123 cars come out and lots of people,” said said Tony Spiteri, co-founder of Port Colborne Downtown Cruisers at Thursday night’s cruise night.

The second night of the season was even better.

“It’s incredible, I’m happy,” Spiteri said. “It’s the second night of year four and look at how packed it is.”

The Port Colborne Downtown Cruisers cruise night attracts car lovers from all over to Clarence St., car collectors showing off their finest collectible cars and spectators drinking in the sights with cars from all through the ages on display.

“We are keeping to the same schedule we had last year,” Spiteri said. “Truck and tractor night was an extreme success for us and the theme nights last year, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s night, people were dressed up in character, we had lots of great participation.”

“For us the success comes from the fact that all the cars are welcome every week even though we have themes. We accept everyone as long as it is special interest,” he said.

Fundraising to support the community is of very special importance to the Port Colborne Downtown Cruisers.

“For the first three years we had Niagara Community Foundation with us, they were phenomenal, they sold the tickets (50/50) and took care of everything,” Spiteri said.

“This year we are working with Crossing All Bridges,” he said. “It is a program for mentally challenged adults, facilitating the needs for young adults who have finished high school, continuing with educational opportunities to help them learn to function in society.”

Follow the Port Colborne Downtown Cruisers on Facebook.

This year’s cruise night schedule is posted below:

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