Chilliwack Cruisers 1st Annual Show And Shine

By Mike Archer. When you here of a biker club having a show and shine you usually expect it to have taken place at a bar or a pub. The Chilliwack Cruisers Club (cCc) do things a little differently.

They held their first show and shine at a retirement residence.

The bikers of cCc held their first Annual Show and Shine on Saturday, June 29 at the Auburne Retirement residence in Chilliwack.

Said former club president Heinrich Beukes, “As a social club we try to do things a little differently. We thought it would be a nice thing to offer the residents of Auburne something fun and interesting to do.”

A total of 39 cCc members participated in the events and 32 Bikes were entered in the contest, including a Suzuki trike and Can-Am Spider.

Best bike was selected by retired residents and Al Lawrence’s bike won – a Harley Electra Glide. The event was organized by Gary t and cCc Members

The club enjoys riding – everything from day trips in the Lower Mainland to longer, overnight excursions through BC and the Pacific Northwest – and the joys of camaraderie membership to the club brings.

The club has grown significantly in recent years which Heinrich Beukes attributes their serious approach to fun. “We really just like to relax, have fun and be with our friends,” he says.

Al Lawrence and his winning  Harley Electra Glide

Al Lawrence and his winning Harley Electra Glide

Members, it goes without saying perhaps, also love motorcycles which this weekend’s Show and Shine made very clear.

The club was form in April of 2011 and it grew rapidly once word got around. It has always been a social club and a means for local bike enthusiasts to meet and enjoy their favourite pastime.

The club’s membership grew very quickly and after a year it had more than 133 members from all over the Lower Mainland and, increasingly, elsewhere in BC.

As of this weekend the club boasts membership of 217.

Photos: Heinrich Beaukes and the cCc

The Chilliwack Cruisers Club

When Heinrich and Roline Beukes moved to Chilliwack, one of the things that attracted them was the endless possibilities for motorcycle touring.

Three of the founding members of the cCc (L to R) Marcell Boisvert, Dwayne Thornhill and Heinrich Beukes in front Chilliwack sculptor Kevin Stone’s giant eagle.

After exploring the immediate area, it didn’t take long before the couple began looking for longer and more substantial adventures. They began planning daytrips to the Interior, Washington State, the Sunshine Coast and before long they decided to invite others to join them

And so, the Chilliwack Cruiser Club (cCc) was formed. The cCc is a social riding group dedicated to those that love motorcycles and group riding and it now boasts some 270 members.

Though the group mainly attracts riders from Chilliwack, Abbotsford, Mission, Maple Ridge and Hope, they also have members from North Vancouver, Surrey, White Rock and Richmond.

“All types of bikes are welcome,” says Heinrich, “But especially cruisers, since it fits our relaxed style of riding best.”

The group focuses on safe driving and adventure while offering the opportunity to just have fun, meet new people and enjoy weekend time with friends.

Reasons to join cCc:
• Everybody is welcome
• Frequent group riding
• Meeting other riders
• Social get-togethers
• Free to join!
• No membership fees!
• No Obligations!

“We have weekly day rides and several multi day trips planned this year, including some to San Francisco, Mt St Helens, The Grand Coulee Dam, Vancouver Island and a Kootenay tour as well,” says Heinrich.

The 2012 season kick off ride is scheduled for Sunday, April 1st 2012:
A relaxing ride throughout the Fraser Valley – ride starts at 11am at the Tim Horton’s on Vedder/Stevenson (Chilliwack) and we should be back in ‘The Wack’ at about 4pm.

To find out more about cCc, to hook up or to join simply Click Here.

The Cruisers


The Chilliwack Cruiser Club (cCc)

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