Car lovers holding unique event in support of Salvation Army

Now in its 10th year, 'Invade the Close' brings together neighbours and visitors alike on Saturday, September 15

Bill Park, left, with his 1955 Austin Healy, and Dan Moore, with his 1965 Ford Galaxy 500, will be at the "Invade the Close" Car Show on Saturday, September 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

To hear Dan Moore tell it, the enthusiasm present in the voices of his friends and neighbours who will spread out on the front lawns of Rutherglen Close in a few weeks is nothing short of contagious.

Moore, a resident of a near-unique street that straddles Lakeshore Road and Cathcart between Murphy Road and Modeland Road, will be showing off his 1965 Ford Galaxy 500 at the event, sponsored by J’s Performance and organized jointly by the Bluewater Austin-Healey Club and Canadian Classic Iron.

Despite the name, Moore says any cars are welcome and owners pay a fee of $10 per vehicle. There is no pre-registration: people simply “show up” with their vehicles and register, then display them along the land separating the roadway of Rutherglen Close.

It’s the 10th year for the event and Moore expects somewhere around 350 vehicles, “depending on the weather.”

One of the sponsors is Bill Park of Specialty Rubber Stamps in Petrolia, who also runs the Service Ontario franchise there. He’ll be bringing along his 1955 Austin-Healy for the event.

Salvation Army officials will be cooking up hot dogs, hamburgers and sausages and selling drinks.

Donations of cash and non-perishable food are welcome, says Moore.

A DJ, Gary Work, will be on site, playing from decades from the 1940s right through to the 1980s.

Moore, who can be reached at (519) 542-3848, tells us a little more about the event:

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