Lloydminster’s car enthusiasts are also charity enthusiasts.
This year the Just Kruzin Speciality Car Club raised $1,077 for the Lloyd FM Gift of Christmas and $740 for the Lloydminster Rescue Squad.
The money was raised at the annual Just Kruzin Show n’ Shine and drive-in movie, which were held in the Servus Sports Centre parking lot on June 19 and 20. At the drive-in the club also collected toys for the Gift of Christmas, including stuffed animals, toy cars, water guns and other assorted playthings.
“The money was a little bit greater than last year, so we’re quite pleased with that. The amount of toys was about the same,” Just Kruzin past president Cliff Wist said.
“The kids are the ones who need it at Christmas time, so it’s something that we like to give back to the community.”
Part of the funding going towards the Rescue Squad came from the Show n’ Shine’s motor meltdown, in which the fluids are removed from an engine and organizers run it until it ceases to function. Spectators donated money and guessed how long the engine would last, with the winner taking home 50 per cent of the pot. This year the winner donated his share back to the Rescue Squad.
“That was very nice of them,” Just Kruzin vice-president Gord Snider said. “It was a good thing for the community and it shows you that there’s buy-in from everybody, that they know what the value of having the Rescue Squad in the area is.”
Every year the Rescue Squad is part of the car show. Members usually display their rescue vehicles and put on extrication demonstrations. Sometimes they get to cut up the car used for the motor meltdown as well.
“It will probably go into our everyday operations, paying for fuel and maintenance on the equipment,” Rescue Squad Capt. Gordon Hart said regarding the money raised at the Show n’ Shine.
“(Just Kruzin) has always been a supporter of Lloyd Rescue ... They’re just a great group of people. They love showing off their cars and helping all the non-profit groups and other agencies. It’s just great to have them around.”
This year’s car show featured the debut of a barbecue built into the hood of a car, and organizers say they’re looking at ways to bring “something special” to next year’s show as well. Snider says it takes a long time to organize the Show n’ Shine, and planning for the 2016 edition will likely begin in September.
“It takes us about eight months to get everything all geared-up, but we’ll be back out there,” he said.