Thursday Cruise Nights are back in Port

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Port Colborne Downtown Cruisers Association kicked off their fourth year on Thursday, May 17/2018, with their biggest turnout ever for a first night.

More than 175 classic, vintage, sports cars and trucks lined Clarence Street from West Street down three blocks to Elm Street.  With more than 2,000 people walking around checking out the vehicles.

“We are over the moon, the crowds we are seeing for opening night are typically what we see in June and July,” said Anthony Spiteri, one of the many organizers. “So we must be doing something good here.”

When cruise nights first started 4 years ago they were thinking if they had 50 cars they would be excited. In that first night they had 77, the following week 110 and now there are approximately 150 cars each week.

“One of the things that makes us different is that we are all inclusive, so race cars, trucks, cars, we’ve done tractor night. There is no cost to show your vehicle,” Spiteri said.

They even have a kids night and we allow the kids to bring their pedal cars, bicycles. For this hobby to grow it needs to be more inclusive and that is what they are striving for.

Over the past four years they have raised well over 25,000 for charity. It has been split up between different local charities. This year they are working with the optimist club and the Knights of Columbus with a potential hockey angle.

Annually there is a gentleman who comes from Chicago, Illinois, who brings his Red 1970 or 1971 El Camino down every year and will spend two to three weeks here. He is originally from Port Colborne and was visiting during the first year and every year since then he books his holidays around coming up for the cruise nights. Cruisers also come routinely from Pennsylvania, New York state and a chap who comes in three or four times a year from Listowel with his Corvette.

Every week there is a different theme, but everyone is welcome every week. This week was Bob St. Amand Racer Night.

Check out their facebook page to see what the theme is each week at https://www.facebook.com/Port-Colborne-Downtown-Cruisers-Association-241525096048733/

 


 

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