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Innisfil Beach Cruisers rev up for summer (15 photos)

Vintage vehicles and car buffs are staples at Thursday night event for local club that has also raised more than $80,000 for charities since 2011

Thursdays are for vintage vehicles and cruising in Innisfil.

Every Thursday evening from May to September the Innisfil Beach Cruisers Car Club hosts its weekly get together at Innisfil Beach. It's an opportunity to see hundreds of specialty rides, many sporting all the bells and whistles revered by local car enthusiasts.

The range of age on cars on display earlier this week almost represents a span of nearly 100 years: from 1929 to 2022.

"At first there was approximately a dozen or so automobile art form lovers that would meet every Thursday evening at Sobey’s parking lot in Alcona for years," said the club's vice-president, Ron Haist.

"Then in 2011, from humble beginnings, we formed the Innisfil Beach Cruisers Car Club.”

This year, the club boasts about 60 members. The club is helmed by president Linda Newton, with support from Haist, Doug Campbell (treasurer) and Debbie Anderson (secretary). Group member Rick Winson also plays a key support role for the club.

In just over 10 years, the Innisfil Beach Cruisers have drawn thousands of people to its many local events to support the community, promote local businesses and 'pay it forward to local charities.

Since 2011 the club has managed to raise nearly $80,000 for local charities and thousands of pounds of food for the local food bank.

The club's marquee event is its Cruise Fest typically held the second week of May every year. In 2019, the Innisfil Beach Cruiser Car Club was the recipient of the MP John Brassard’s volunteer award for Barrie-Innisfil area.

The club has been asked to run this year's Cookstown Cancer Classic on Aug. 13. This event will be held in Cookstown at the Georgian Bay Steam Show grounds. All funds raised will go the RVH cancer program.