Sudbury Classic Cruisers Are Revved Up For A Weekend Of Fun

For fans of classic vehicles including cars and trucks, this weekend is the high water mark of the summer as the Sudbury Classic Cruisers Car Club hold their annual memorial cruise and their mega car show which bring an incredible gathering of fabulous rides together all in the name of fun and also helping out local charities.

Man with Model A

Gary “Cooter” Lonsberry, President of Sudbury Classic Cruisers Car Club is shown with his beautiful Model A street rod, one of the hundreds of collectible cars which will be on display at Sunday’s car show at Copper Cliff Park.

According to Gary “Cooter” Lonsberry, president of Sudbury Classic Cruisers, a thriving local car club made up of dozens of muscle car and street rod owners that has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for area charities over the years,

“This year marks our 25th anniversary of our car show which gets bigger and better each year. We expect this year’s show on Sunday at Copper Cliff Park will have nearly 300 cars and between 3,000-4,000 visitors will stop by and have a look at cars which are some of the nicest old rides in Northern Ontario. We will have street rods from the twenties and thirties all the way up to more modern performance cars, and as long as they are at least 15 years old, they are welcome to join in the show on Sunday, but for our cruise on Saturday night, anyone with any type vehicle is welcome to join in the cruise.”

At Sunday’s car show, all registered vehicle participants will be eligible for a $3,000 cash draw which will take place at 4 p.m. and there will be “Favourite In Class” awards for nearly 20 different categories of cars. There will also be a number of fun contests including valve cover racing and a truly unique engine blow-up guessing game where people can try to guess how long it will take for a high-revving car engine to… you guessed it, blow up! The car show will also have food booths, music by Jukebox Oldies, demonstrations of some really cool toys from the new local business “Big Boys with Cool Toys” and the local fire department will also be on hand to demonstrate their equipment and skills which is great entertainment for the kids.

Lonsberry adds, “ This year also marks our 22nd annual memorial cruise which we hold to honour the memory of club members who have passed away. Sadly, we lost Kim Levesque Mitchell back in early May. Kim, along with her parents Mike and Diane Levesque, was a very important member and supporter of  Sudbury Classic Cruisers for many years. We will certainly miss Kim’s enthusiasm and her dedication the our club and we are dedicating this year’s Memorial Cruise in Kim’s honour. Our Memorial Cruise starts at the Costco parking lot on the Kingsway at 6 p.m. touring through the main roads in town and we will eventually end our cruise in Copper Cliff around 7:30 p.m.”

Lonsberry and the Sudbury Classic Cruisers would like to thank their many volunteers and their key sponsors Anmar Mechanical, Sudbury Auto Glass and R&R Classic Cars, who along with dozens of other local businesses who help out with donations, make the annual car show a success.

Entry for a vehicle for Sunday’s car show is $20 with registration taking place at Copper Cliff Park from 8 a.m. to Noon. Admission is free for visitors and all attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable food item or make a cash donation to the Sudbury Food Bank. The car show runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m..

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