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Local car enthusiasts join forces for a trio of summer tours around Grey-Bruce

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The Sunset Cruisers will set off this Sunday for the first cruise of the year around Bruce County.

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Cars will gather at five different locations at noon, June 27, with a shotgun start to follow at 1 p.m.

The public is invited to come out and view the travelling car show, but are asked to stay away from the parking and staging areas due to COVID-19 protocols.

Instead, onlookers are asked to view the vehicles at points along the route.

“Pick a spot along the route underneath a nice shade tree and enjoy the show,” said Dave Middleton, one of the event’s organizers.

Middleton said this year local grassroots car clubs from around Bruce and Grey counties have joined forces for three Show ‘N Go tours. Sunday’s tour is the first for the group, which includes cruiser clubs from Sauble Beach, Port Elgin, Wiarton and Grey County. A tour of the Bruce Peninsula is scheduled for August and the cars will cruise Grey County in September.

“The public should get used to this, I think this is probably the future of classic car shows,” Middleton said of the rolling car show, originally conceived as a way to show off cars while adhering to COVID-19 protocols. “We have the cars because we love it when people see them, and ask questions and think they’re cool – but to be honest that’s only half of the fun. The other half is getting to drive the things . . . the car shows are great, but driving to them and driving home is just as much fun. So, this kind of an idea developed because of COVID and has given us the opportunity to combine everything into one.”

Sunday, the cruisers will begin at locations in Sauble Beach, Port Elgin, Kincardine, Point Clark and Chesley. Cars will travel clockwise along a circular route travelling north on Lake Range Road along the Lake Huron shoreline, before wrapping around Saugeen Shores on County Road 33 to County Road 3 heading south to Paisley. Through Paisley, the cars will continue south on County Road 1 to Lucknow and head west to the water and Point Clark along Amberley Road.

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There are optional routes available to the drivers diverting through the various downtowns and business centres of Kincardine, Point Clark, Paisley and Lucknow.

The event’s shotgun start from the five different areas should make for a steady flow of vehicles along the route all afternoon.

Middleton estimates over 700 cars cruised in a similar event last August. He’s already fielded calls from people hours away saying they plan to make the trip and tour around Bruce County this weekend.

The event is not restricted to classic cars, special interest cars are welcome as well. Typically, cars included in the cruise are collector cars, modified street rods, or any vehicle whose owner has a particular passion. Middleton said “if you think someone would like to see your car drive by, then you are welcome”.

With the COVID-19 pandemic waning but ongoing, the cruisers and spectators will be expected to follow public health protocols.

No more than five people per vehicle including the driver, and each person in the vehicle must be from the same household.

While staging, vehicles must be parked with an empty space between and everyone is encouraged to wear masks and use hand sanitizer.

Organizers of the event have selected Grey Bruce Crime Stoppers as the featured charity for recognition. Anyone wishing to show their appreciation for this event is encouraged to make a donation by visiting the Grey Bruce Crime Stoppers website.

The event is rain or shine. For more information and to view the route maps visit the Sunset Cruisers Facebook page.

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