New Year’s Day car show at Smithfield’s

January 1, 2014

Matt Harrelson

Staff Writer

ROCKINGHAM — The Richmond Cruisers Car Club held a special New Year’s Day edition of its annual car show Wednesday in Rockingham.

Drivers and owners of classic and newer cars made their way from across the Carolinas to take part in the day’s festivities at Smithfield’s Bar-B-Q. There were 125 entries for this year’s show. Any more cars and the parking lot would have been flowing over. There were raffle drawings for door prizes for the public, drivers and a grand prize of $300 awarded to the winning ticket.

The Richmond Cruisers is a nonprofit organization who is known as a car club first but also is a Christian-based group, a close second. Johnny Weatherford, club president, said that his organization helps out with Christmas presents every year for less fortunate families. They also raise money for different causes such as for families who have lost homes due to fire and other misfortunes.

“We just try to be an asset to the community,” said Weatherford.

Weatherford himself drives a 2000 black and red corvette which fit in well with the crowd of cars at the show. Everything from antique cars to old classics to more modern cars were represented at the exhibition.

According to its website, the Cruisers currently have 45 members. Membership in the Richmond County Cruisers Car Club is open to anyone with an interest in classic cars, trucks and motorcycles. Dues are $25 per year.

The focus today, however, was for drivers to show off their rides, some people to win prizes and everyone to have a good time. The Cruisers meet at 4 p.m. on the second and fourth Saturday of each month in the parking lot of Smithfield’s Bar-B-Q.