Bastrop Area Cruisers
BASTROP AREA CRUISERS MISSION STATEMENT
The mission of the BASTROP AREA CRUISERS, a non-profit organization, is to provide activities and forums for area car enthusiasts to share and exhibit antique, classic, and special interest vehicles for the benefit and enjoyment of its members and the general public. The club also supports various charities through contribution of club funds and memberís efforts to benefit organizations such as veteranís charities, local charities, and automobile-related scholarship activities.
Bastrop Area Cruisers History
1999 - 2015
The club was started in 1999 by 26 Bastrop area residents who loved cars and enjoyed the fellowship of others with the same interest. The general purpose of the Club was to be a non-profit organization to preserve, maintain and enjoy antique, classic and special interest vehicles 20 years old and older for the benefit of its members as well as the general public.
Things have certainly changed over the past 16 years.
We have grown from a membership of 26 to 123 members. Members have modern high performance cars such as Corvettes, Mustangs, Camaros, and Challengers as well as, antiques, classics, traditional hot rods, and rat rods. Most of our members are very active in club activities.
Our original meetings were held at 6:00 PM the 1st Thursday of the month at the Texas Grill in Bastrop. In 2007 Steve Dewire, GM of the Hyatt Lost Pines Resort extended an invitation for the club to move their meetings to the Hyatt. The club was almost in 100% agreement so our meetings were moved to the Hyatt Lost Pines Resort with dinner at 6:00 and the general meeting at 7:00 PM. The Hyatt has been extremely good to the Cruisers and we never want to change. Where else would we go with an average attendance of 60 to 80+ members at our monthly meetings?
Our 1st annual car show started in early fall of 2000 and was held at Loblolly Pines, now Lake Bastrop Lodge. In 2005 that changed with Hurricane Katrina. The owner, Rex Schumacher, a Charter Club member, opened the facility to disaster victims. At that time a newly formed organization working in downtown Bastrop approached the club to bring the show to downtown. Again the club was almost in 100% agreement and from 2005 - 2010 we worked in partnership with the Downtown Business Alliance (DBA) on the Bastrop Veterans Weekend Car Show. In 2011 - 2014 we moved the show to River Bend Park in Smithville and changed the name to Cruisers on the Colorado Car Show. In 2014 we were asked to administer the Bastrop Veterans Weekend Car Show with the DBA once again. Starting in 2015, the Bastrop Area Cruisers will be the sole host of the Bastrop Veterans Weekend Car Show which will be held November 13 & 14.
Each year in conjunction with the car show the Cruisers hold a raffle to benefit all types of charities. The prizes for these raffles have included a rebuilt classic car, a couple car haulers, a trip to Las Vegas with hotel and flight included, a piece of art from Deep in the Heart Art Foundry in Bastrop, a BBQ Pit, a stay at the Hill Country Hyatt in San Antonio, plus several second and third place prizes including pedal cars, toolboxes and various amounts of cash. For the past several years the first place prize has been a two night stay at the Hyatt Lost Pines Resort including two rounds of golf and two dinners. All proceeds from these raffles go directly to veterans and local charities.
Beginning in 2014 the Bastrop Area Cruisers were chosen by Mecum Auctions to provide driver services for their annual Classic Car Auction in Austin, TX. Mecum pays the club for this service and the proceeds are donated to various veterans and local charities.
Veteranís charities are very important to the Cruisers and for the last several years the proceeds from our raffle have gone strictly to a veterans charities. The proceeds from our annual car shows go to support both national and local organizations. The list below is just a sample of the charities we have supported over the years.
American Red Cross
American Sign Language World
Bastrop Animal Shelter
Bastrop Childrenís Advocacy Center
Bastrop Family Crisis Center
Bastrop Food Pantry
Bastrop Pine Santa
Fire Cap - Fire Prevention through Education
Heart of the Pines VFD
Red, White and Blue Banquet & Board Hospitality
Veterans Memorial - Smithville
Wilderness Ridge Fire Victims
Operation Family Home
Military Warriors Support
Fort Hood Fisher House
In addition to supporting the charities listed above, each year the Cruisers give scholarships to local High School Seniors wanting to pursue higher education in the automotive field. Along with the scholarships the Cruisers also support the Bastrop High School Auto Technology Center (Auto Shop) in acquiring the equipment and tools needed for national (ASE) accreditation in the areas of Maintenance and Light Repair. We are also committed to helping people in need with Holiday meals and for the past several years we have done this through donations to the Bastrop Family Crisis Center.
In the past we have contributed funds to help a memberís son study abroad one summer, as well as a community member with a transplant fund. The Cruisers have held benefits to help with expenses for illness and a home lost in the Wildness Ridge Fire. We also built a trailer which was raffled to benefit a member who was in need of a prosthetic leg.
The Cruisers are not just about work. We enjoy monthly socials at area restaurants and hold a cruise-in at the Lost Pines Theater the 2nd Saturday of each month during the summer. We also attend other local car shows and participate in Tours and Rod Runs where we enjoy the natural beauty of Texas.
Our members are committed to helping each other, and many have made lifelong friends through the club.