BURRILLVILLE – A traveling car show on Sunday saw dozens of classic cars and trucks drive through the streets of Burrillville, raising local spirits along with funds for a local organization that helps families in need.
“Outlaw Run, Cruisin’ For Charity Cavalcade,” was a unique type of show organized by Burrillville resident Jim Weicherding, which allowed car enthusiasts to celebrate the start of the traditional show season while following distancing mandates. Funds raised went to Between the Cracks, a Burrillville-based organization that aims to help families in the community who need help, but don’t necessarily qualify for government assistance.
Weicherding said the event raised $892 for the charity.
“I plan on doing more of these types of cruise events,” he told NRI NOW.
Participants included the Corvette Club Of Rhode Island and the Harrisville Fire Department, with Chief Michael Gingell driving a 1949 Pumper Fire Truck. Weicherding said the line of classic cars and trucks stretched more than one mile long as it drove through Burrillville streets.
“Everyone, at my request, followed the RI governor’s Safe Distancing Guidelines and wore their face masks during the entire event,” Weicherding said.
He said it went so well that he hopes to hold the event annually on Memorial Day weekend.
“Many families along the route were sitting in their front yards on steps and in lawn chairs waiting for all of these vehicles to pass by their place of residence,” Weicherding said. “Adults of all ages, including the elderly, waved as we passed them by. Smiling faces could be seen with every hand wave. Kids were jumping up and down while waving with great big smiles on their faces throughout the entire run.”
Weicherding thanked participants, along with Burrillville police for their help with the event.