Weather permitting, the Johnston Street Machines will kick off one of its most important charitable events tonight.
Cruizin’ for a Cause will begin at 5 p.m. and run on through 8 p.m. at the Denny’s Restaurant parking lot off Route 6. The Rhode Island Veterans of Foreign Wars will be this month’s benefiting charity.
“We’re hoping for record crowds on all three dates this month,” JSM president Gary Maddocks said.
While admission for spectators is always free, Maddocks said he encourages all classic car and motorcycle owners to donate $5 to the designated charity, which will also benefit from “our always great 50/50 raffle.”
The JSM’s July schedule was cut short by one date due to the Fourth of July holiday, thus only leaving tonight, July 18 and July 25 to raise revenue for the Rhode Island VFW.
Maddocks also announced that the JSM’s highly popular Trophy Night will be held on July 25, featuring 17 trophies that will be presented in such categories as Best in Show.
During the JSM’s June Trophy Night, a special award went to Joseph Marrapese, a.k.a. Papa Joe.
Maddocks said Papa Joe “takes care of his pristine truck very meticulously and we also wanted to honor him because he attends every show we have ever had. He simply loves our cruise nights.”