A year and a half after forming, the Association of Car Enthusiasts in Stratford and Area (ACES) is running like a well oiled machine.
At the second annual ACES Car Show on June 23, the club raised more than $2,000 with the help from spectator donations, sponsors, and a 50-50 draw for Stratford General Hospital’s Heart and Soul campaign.
The club also continues to promote the car hobby and raise funds every Tuesday at Festival Marketplace Shopping Centre.
The club has grown by leaps and bounds, starting with two founding members in early 2012 and now boasting over 30 members. With a website, a Facebook page, and a professionally designed logo, the club has attracted interest as far reaching as Toronto and Sarnia.
“A major selling feature of the ACES car club is that everyone is welcome,” says club treasurer Jim Voteary, of Wellesley. “All makes, models, and years are welcome – if you have a special interest vehicle, you’re welcome to join in the fun.”
Another selling feature is the club’s fundraising mission. All net proceeds are being donated to help fund the hospital’s state-of-the art MRI machine and the equipment that it requires.
The weekly ACES cruise-in attracts dozens of cars and trucks, with models from 1930 to 2014.
“We’re really glad to see families coming, parents bringing their kids. It’s those kids who are the future of our hobby,” says club president Don Cockwell.
The weekly cruise-in runs until the end of August.