After two days of wild and wet weather, the skies cleared and classic car owners met at one of five marshalling points to take part in the Show ‘n Go Classic Car Tour on June 27.
The tour, originally organized in 2020 by the Sauble Beach Sunset Cruisers, was transformed from a walkabout car show to a driving excursion, to encourage safe distancing while allowing owners and the public to show their appreciation for the show. The Kincardine Cruise Night Committee coordinated efforts in this area.
At 1 p.m., owners and their vehicles met at the Kincardine marshalling area at Connaught Park, one of five starting points. Keeping in line with COVID protocols, cars were directed into a line and drivers remained at their vehicles. The public was discouraged from entering the marshalling area, and were instead encouraged to set up chairs along the caravan route and enjoy the steady stream of well cared for and well-loved vehicles.
More than 40 vehicles gathered at Connaught Park, and promptly at 1 p.m., the group, led by pace cars driven by the Palmateers and Farrells, led the way east on Broadway then turned north on Queen Street to their next destination. There was no registration charge to take part, but each vehicle owner was given the opportunity to make a donation to Crime Stoppers Grey Bruce.
Kincardine Cruise Nights, a three-times yearly summer event, has been a much-missed event since the pandemic began. Held on the Friday evening of the long weekends in July, August and September, the show welcomed hundreds of classic vehicles from across south and central Ontario, as well as thousands of visitors anxious to take a walk down memory lane. The Cruise Night Committee was also responsible for raising thousands of dollars for the Kincardine hospital foundation, through the sale of 50/50 tickets at each event.
Tammy Lindsay Schneider, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Kincardine Independent