It took Stan Cavaness about 10 years to fully restore his 1972 Plymouth Road Runner. During that time, the longtime Harrisburg resident was visited regularly by classic-car enthusiasts who would check his progress.
Because of such interest, Cavaness and a handful of core members decided to form the Harrisburg Cruisers about a year ago. One of the club's main goals is to use their classic rides as a draw to help the community. Since forming, the club has grown to nearly 20 members.
Club members and their rides will make their first appearance at the Food Lion Auto Fair at Charlotte Motor Speedway this week. The event runs April 7-10, but the Cruisers will be there April 9-10 on the front stretch, near the quarter-mile track, where they hope to spread the word about their club and upcoming charity events.
"Our focus is to help local charities within our community, to help educate newcomers to the hobby, grow friendships and encourage social outings," said club secretary Rick Thomas.
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The club recently sponsored the Hickory Ridge High School Car Show, which raised money to resurface the school's athletic track. The Harrisburg Cruisers Car Show will be June 11 in Concord, and proceeds will benefit the Harrisburg Methodist Crisis Assistance Food Pantry. It is being planned as an annual event to help other local charities.