Stepping into a Cruise-In hosted by the Road Legends Cruisers is like going back in time. When surrounded by so many classic cars, you can’t help but ask yourself ‘What year is it again?’

The Southern Ontario chapter of the Cruisers, run by Yves Ouellette, organizes these events six nights a week, from May to October. People are invited to showcase their restored classic cars, often swapping notes and trading secrets with each other.

We visited Whitby, Ont., recently for the Cruise-In hosted by ’50s and ’60s diner Shake, Rabble, and Roll.

While there we took in some rare sights:

  • A 1932 Ford pickup that was rescued from a junkyard and totally refurbished by its owner. Note the attractive matte black finish!
  • A 1976 Australian Ford Falcon XB, which is one of only a handful left in Canada, its owner estimates. “It’s a lot of fun, it handles great, (and) it moves like a scared kangaroo,” he said. “It’s probably the car I’m going to keep forever.”

As if the chance to see rare classic cars wasn’t reason enough to check out a Cruise-In, there’s also a charity element attached to the events. Over the past few years, the Cruisers have been raising money for the Grandview Children’s Centre in Durham Region – last year, they raised $7,200.

What’s your favourite classic Ford car? Let us know in the comments below.

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