M.L. Cruisers car show a hit in 19th year

By Kathy Gallant
May 13, 2018 - 2:03pm

A number of car enthusiasts and admirers made their way down the road to check out the Meadow Lake Cruisers Show and Shine Saturday, and it was the busiest in the club’s history.

The annual event hosts a variety of car lovers who have restored and put hours of work into their vehicles. There was a good mix of classic cars and newer models for visitors to admire.

Phil Ripley, the club’s vice president, said the turnout for both car restorers and visitors was at an all-time high this year. There were a total of 64 vehicles on the floor of the Meadow Lake Arena, with 16 from Meadow Lake Cruisers members.

“We got our posters out earlier, we got the word directly out to the car clubs around here, and they responded bigtime,” Ripley said. “This is the best turnout in its 19 years.”

One of the club’s mandates is to give back to the community. Volunteers from community groups like People Advocating for Children with Exceptionalities (PACE) worked the door and will take the profits. This year, the club is also establishing two $300 scholarships for students going into trades like welding, auto body repair, and machinists.

“We’re also looking at other community-minded groups to help,” Ripley said. “It’s just a bunch of [people] who really love cars, getting together to talk about cars, but the money we raise goes to lots of good causes.”

Another big draw this year was two replica vehicles from a famous former television show; the Dukes of Hazzard. Rhonda and Terry Roach from Prince Albert brought their copies of the ‘General Lee’ (an orange Dodge Charger) and the County Sherriff’s police car (an AMC Matador). Their children helped them find the cars and the couple fell in love with the idea of restoring the vehicles in honour of the show.

“They’re just so much fun to show,” Rhonda said. “It’s great to see people smiling. You meet so many good nice people, and get to chat.”

“We might try to add more cars from the show,” Terry said.

 

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