DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
UXBRIDGE: Another suitor has emerged to play host to Uxbridge’s popular Thursday night classic car cruise-in.
A report issued at council’s meeting on the morning of Monday, Oct. 7, from the Museum Advisory Committee detailed the group’s enthusiasm to move the event to the Uxbridge Historical Centre, beginning next year.
Ward 1 Councillor Bev Northeast endorsed the move, with an eye towards using the popular car show as a gateway to other tourism opportunities within the municipality.
"This opens up the township to visitors, and would show a different picture of Uxbridge, and its history and heritage. It’s also a bonus, and a plus for the Historical Centre," said Councillor Northeast.
However, as Ward 5 Councillor Gord Highet pointed out, during discussions between township staff and the car show’s operators in September, Elgin Park remains their preferred location for the event.
The Historical Centre sits high atop the water table, and moisture issues may prevent the car show from setting up shop there. A greater area for parking, as well as the ability of nearby residents to walk to Elgin Park were other reasons given as to why the car show would prefer that location.
"While the museum may offer the best views in town, there’s more to it than that," added Councillor Highet.
Mayor Gerri Lynn O’Connor echoed Councillor Highet’s sentiments, with Elgin Park’s relatively central location in town being a key selling point for the car show organizers. However, the mayor added that the decision ultimately rests with council.
"When you talk to the car people, their preference is Elgin Park, but they didn’t rule out the Historical Centre. But, for walking and other activities that could take place, they’d prefer Elgin Park. They seem to have made up their mind, but council hasn’t."
Ward 4 Councillor Jacob Mantle suggested that the classic car group personally meet with the Museum Advisory Committee so they can hear from them before making an ultimate decision.
"There are physical concerns at either site, so we’re looking at spending money to make it suitable for classic cars," Councillor Mantle added.
Before discussion on the matter came to a close, Ward 3 Councillor Pat Mikuse mentioned the positive impact of the Thursday night car show on the community.
"The car cruise is an asset to the community, and brings in cars from across Ontario. Hopefully we can find a home that’s acceptable to them."
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