Car buff Rick Dally has been interested in classic autos for as long as he can remember.
“Forever,” he quips when asked how long he’s been involved in restoring and displaying vintage vehicles.
Dally’s current passion is a ’62 Impala SS, in which he’s invested more than 1,000 hours restoring and maintaining over the past three years.
“Some of these guys have spent a lot more time than that,” notes Dally as he surveyed the expanse of gleaming metal that filled his country yard for the Thunder Road Cruise night, July 1. (“Thunder Road,” is so named by Dally for the steady flow of trucks that thunder down his Minto concession during working hours.)
For Dally and the rest of the auto aficionados at the event, the regular cruise nights and area auto shows are their main opportunity to drive and display their pride and joy vehicles.
“This is what it’s all about,” he states.
So, when the cancer that Dally is currently battling made attending cruises difficult, his friends came up with the ideal solution.
“I thought, okay, why can’t we take the cruise to him?” said John Burgess, who organized the Thunder Road Cruise along with fellow car enthusiasts John Caesar and Earl Randall. Word was spread to the vast area classic car community, who came out in force to enjoy an event which featured a barbecue, music, and of course, plenty of chrome, steel and rubber.
“It turned out better than we could have hoped for,” said Burgess, noting that about 100 people and 40 vehicles filled the yard by the conclusion of the event. Between the barbecue on a grill supplied by the Clifford Rotary Club, donations and draws, the cruise raised nearly $1,000 for the oncology unit at Louise Marshall Hospital in Mount Forest.
“I think it was very special for Rick and his family to see how many people were there to support them. All in all it was a fantastic night.”