During the 1960’s the only car club in existence in the province was the N.B Antique Auto Club. In general terms, an antique auto is a vehicle built before 1949. The NBAAC, being an antique auto club, catered to vehicles of that vintage. The folks who would go on to form the Valley Cruisers were members of the NBAAC, but drove fifty’s cars and sixty’s muscle cars. The founding members; Jim Burns, Gary Corscadden, Gary Randles, and Bob Ross had talked for six or eight months about forming a club on their own. A club that better suits their needs. Finally they got together in Gary Randles’ basement on a Sunday night in February 1981 to decide about forming a car club. The guys wanted a club that didn’t relate to any specific type of vehicle, and would be open to any make, model, and year. Potential members wouldn’t need to have a car to join; just an interest in old autos would be sufficient. The founding members spread the word to see if anyone was interested in starting a car club, and that there would be a meeting held around the first of March in the Fairvale council chambers. The meeting attracted thirty-seven people. Subsequent meetings were held in the St. Luke’s church hall in Gondola Point. After the first meeting it was decided that the club have a name. They wanted a generic club name, that didn’t relate to a particular make, type, or category.
During the early seventy’s, Bob Ross started a company called Valley Real Estate. Bob suggested, during one of the early meetings at his residence, that they use Valley as part of the club name. After all, they lived in “the Valley” and would cruise around in their old cars, why not the Valley Cruisers.
Several people kicked around ideas, and “Valley Cruisers Car Club N.B.” was adopted as the club name.
Early on, the members decided they should have a club crest. Again, Bob stepped up to the plate with a suggestion they use his Valley Real Estate logo as a pattern. The logo depicted two hills converging onto a river running to a sunset in the background. It was suggested converting the river into a highway, add the name of the club, and presto, a club crest. during a meeting in Bob’s basement the subject of club jackets generated a great deal of discussion. Someone brought samples of other club jackets, and it seemed every member wanted the jacket colors be the same as their car’s colors. Members wanted something that would stand out but not be gaudy. Eventually the jacket colors were narrowed down to three: red, orange, and blue. A vote was taken and blue was chosen. Another discussion followed about what shade of blue, and was settled when someone suggested the light blue in the club crest. Sometime later this jacket was deemed to be to light a shade, and would maybe show grease spots. The present royal blue jacket replaced lighter jacket.As a whit once observed, a husband and wife wallpapering together is a test of the marriage. Writing a constitution and bylaws was the club’s test of solidarity. The members took bylaws from other organizations and tried to make them fit a car club. This resulted in rules that conflicted, required many rewrites and discussions before they had a suitable constitution. The present constitution covers elections of officers, duties of officers, membership responsibilities, meeting order, and membership fees.
The club had a news letter called “news-n-cruise”. The first issue dated 19 February 1983 had a cover page proclaiming “The First Attempt”. In this issue the editor, Don Watson acknowledged that it was his first attempt at journalism. Also appearing in the first issue was the January meeting minutes indicating that twenty-two members were in attendance. The monthly newsletters contained articles on members vehicles, tech tips, want ads, for sale items, and articles of interest to gear-heads. The newsletters eventually fell by the wayside due to a lack of member input and just too much time and hard work writing a monthly newsletter.At a 1981 fall meeting, it was decided that the club should have a car show. The club had very little money. From experience of doing car shows with the NBAAC, the club knew how much it cost to put on a car show. Renting the KV arena that first year was financially out of reach. With donations from the local businesses, the club rented the Rothesay Collegiate School arena for the grand sum of twenty-five dollars, put up cardboard signs with directions, and held the first VCCC car show. That first show with roughly sixty cars raised around five hundred dollars. After deducting the cost of trophies and dash plaques the remaining money was donated to Minor Hockey.
The proceeds from the first four or five car shows were donated to Minor Hockey. The profits from later car shows went to neighboring communities children’s charities, such as Juvenile Diabetes, Empty Stocking Fund, Children’s Wish Foundation, The Joshua Group, Atlantic Children’s Burn Camp, Girl Guides, Childfind NB, and to support various local causes.
The VCCC is a non-profit organization. The car club has donated well over $135,000 to various charities in the past soon to be 35 years !.
The club holds an annual car show to raise funds for charity. The car show is held at the Rothesay Arena in may. Club members join in a spring cruise and fall cruise. In late summer, club members hold a barbecue and corn boil.
To lessen the winter blahs, an annual bowling challenge goes out to All the local car clubs in the March-April time frame. The bowling trophy, over the years has been evenly split between the clubs.
The club sponsors a weekly cruise night from June to October, weather permitting. Cruise night is held Wednesday evening at various locations thought the area. The club’s events schedule lists the locations for each week’s cruise nights. Everyone is welcome as a participant or spectator Participants are given a cruise night dash plaque.
Monthly meetings are held at the Kennebecasis Fire station-7 Campbell Dr. The meetings, starting at 7:30 PM, are held the second Sunday of each month, except when the second Sunday is a holiday, the meeting shifts to the first Sunday. At the monthly meetings the members consider suggestions, and members make the decisions governing the club’s activities. Guests are always welcome.
The club is a family oriented organization, created to provide a forum for individuals who benefit from sharing their interest in vintage vehicles, and who enjoy the fellowship of other like-minded individuals. in 2012 The Valley Cruisers car club was inducted to the maritime motorsports hall of fame. In 2014 Gary Randles & Jim Burns were both inductee’s & Nov 15/2014 received their inductions.