Classic and vintage autos parade through Orangeville to raise spirits

July 10, 2020   ·   0 Comments

By Brian Lockhart

It’s tough to keep your classic car locked up in the garage when the good summer weather is finally here.

Most drivers can’t wait to hit the open road or bring their vehicles to car shows and mix it up with other auto enthusiasts.

While most summer car shows are currently restricted because of the limit on numbers of people allowed to congregate, there’s no rule against hitting the open road with 50 or 60 of your friends – all in their own vehicles of course.

Members of several local auto clubs got together over the weekend to form a parade to help brighten the day for different people.

The group staged their parade in the parking lot at the Orangeville Canadian Tire on Saturday, July 4, before following a route through town.

In their classic, vintage, and modified vehicles, with a few modern but highly specialized vehicles thrown into the mix, the parade first drove up to the Lord Dufferin Centre to give the seniors there something to enjoy.

The parade then travelled past the house of a young local resident, who is recovering at home after being treated for non Hodgkins Lymphoma. They also collected donations in support of the family to help with costs associated with travel for treatment and other expenses.

The ride was dubbed ‘Cruisin’ to Conquer’.

“We’re doing a drive-by to show support for him,” said drive organizer, David Murphy, who also organizes the weekly Cruisin’ on First Car Show in Orangeville during the summer months. “He was diagnosed on June 11, and he’s gone through three chemo treatments already, so he’s gone through quite a bit already.”

The drive was organized as a surprise for the local resident to show he has the support of many people.

Auto enthusiasts from the Cruisin’ on First Auto Show were joined by members of the Classic Car Club of Brampton, who drove up to Orangeville to participate. The Brampton contingent also recruited some friends for the day who made the trip.

The parade made its way through town and passed by the Headwaters Health Care Centre and finished off the route with a birthday drive past a resident’s house who is celebrating but unable to receive visitors due to the pandemic.

Around 60 vintage, classic, and modified vehicles took part in the event.


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