DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
UXBRIDGE: After a pair of recent venue changes, the Uxbridge Cruise In appears to have finally found a permanent home at Elgin Park, where the festivities will officially get underway this Thursday evening.
Aside from a new venue this year, after being held in the past at the former Dominion Auto building and later at Uxbridge Arena, there is also a new partner for the event, with the Bonner Boys coming on board this year.
For Bonner Boys President Bret Meyers, partnering with the group that has presented the Thursday night car show for the past decade was a natural fit for the organization.
"A lot of the Bonner Boys are passionate car guys, and we wanted to do our part to make the Uxbridge Cruise In an even better better event, hopefully for many years to come," Mr. Meyers told The Standard. "This event is a great thing for the town, and is a really positive event that brings a lot of people into Uxbridge, we want to make sure this event not only survives, but thrives and become the best car show in Durham Region."
Recent upgrades to Elgin Park, including expanded paving will make it easier to navigate for classic car enthusiasts. As well, the move to Elgin Park will allow for greater community involvement with the event.
"Having the show here at Elgin Park gives the Lions Club an opportunity to open their food booth for some more days, and get some more funds and exposure for their group. It really will be a community event, just as Rob Holtby and Bruce Statton envisioned when they started it ten years ago," added Mr. Meyers.
From its humble beginnings, organizers see nothing but growth on the horizon for the show with the expanded space at Elgin Park.
"We had more cars than space at the arena," said organizer Jim Hird. "Elgin Park should solve that problem. The township has been very supportive of our efforts, and we see nothing but positives going forward."
Gates will open for the Uxbridge Cruise In via the Elgin Park Dr. entrance to the park every Thursday at 4:30 p.m. sharp, with the show running until dusk.
In other local classic car cruise-in news, the Cruisin' Classics Car Club opened their 2014 season last week at Emmanuel Community Church, located at 1680 Reach St., in Port Perry from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. The Club hosts shows every Tuesday night until August 26, weather permitting ,and is open to vehicles 1989 and older.
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