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 - 2017
The Bastrop Area Cruisers car 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 public. Also, the club intended to raise funds for local organizations as a non-profit.
BAC now has over 140 members. Members have modern high performance cars such as Corvettes, Mustangs, Camaros, and Challengers as well as, antiques, classics, traditional street rods, trucks and rat rods. Most of our members and spouses are very active in club activities.
The first annual car show started in early fall of 2000 and was held at Loblolly Pines, now Lake Bastrop Lodge. In 2005, a newly formed organization, the Downtown Business Alliance (DBA), working in downtown Bastrop approached the club to bring the BAC car show to downtown. The club was in agreement with the request and from 2005 - 2010 the BAC worked in partnership with the DBA on the Bastrop Veterans Weekend Car Show. In 2011 to 2014 a different BAC show was held in River Bend Park in Smithville and changed the name to Cruisers on the Colorado Car Show. In 2014, the BAC was asked to administer the Bastrop Veterans Weekend Downtown Car Show in cooperation with the DBA once again. Starting in 2015, the Bastrop Area Cruisers have been the sole host of the entire Bastrop Veterans Weekend Car Show, slated for November 10th and 11th, 2017 in downtown Bastrop. In 2016 over 350 visitors brought their collector vehicles to Bastrop with the result being the largest and most successful Veterans event ever in its history with thousands of spectators as well.
As last year, this yearís events will include an expanded Friday night Cruise in including both discounts and music venues at downtown restaurants and other retailers. On Saturday, the very moving and special Veteranís Day procession and ceremony honoring our military will be held in addition to DJ music, the judged car show with 32 classes & awards, raffle, and live & silent auctions. Proceeds from the event primarily go to many local and Texas Veteranís organizations, BHS Auto Tech Scholarships & equipment and other local causes such as the Bastrop Food Pantry, HIS Ministry etc. Below is a list of recent donation recipients.
This BAC Veterans event would not be possible without the great support through sponsorships and merchandise donations from well over 100 local Bastrop area and downtown businesses which also further enables the generous donations made after the event. It is truly a community supported event!
In 2016 the Bastrop Main Street Program stepped up to assist the volunteer organizers as an official sponsor of the event, providing logistical, in kind and staff support. In 2017 City staff continues to support the event through this partnership. In 2017, the newly formed Visit Bastrop destination marketing group also will be promoting the Veterans car show event through statewide media publications, radio, digital and billboard advertisements.
The event annual draws thousands of visitors to downtown Bastrop and continues to be a boost to our local economy. The City of Bastrop is looking forward to our continued partnership with the Bastrop Area Cruisers for future events.
Beginning in 2014 and again in 2015, the Bastrop Area Cruisers were chosen by Mecum Auctions to provide driver services for their annual Classic Car Auction in Austin, TX. Mecum paid the club for this service and the proceeds were donated to various veterans and local charities again listed below.
Veteranís charities are very important to the Cruisers and for the last several years most of the proceeds from our raffle have gone strictly to Operation Finally Home, an organization headquartered in New Bruanfels, TX that builds new homes for disabled veterans and their families.
See their website for more info, www.operationfinallyhome.org. The proceeds from our annual car shows also go to support both national and local veterans and other local organizations. The list below is just a sample of the organizations/charities we have supported over the last few 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
Bastrop NROTC, Bastrop HS, Bastrop, TX
Bastrop Red White and Blue Banquet & Board Hospitality
Bastrop Food Pantry
Bastrop American Legion
Bastrop High School Auto Tech Program, Bastrop ISD, Bastrop, TX
Commemorative Air Force, San Marcos, TX
Fire Cap - Fire Prevention through Education
Fisher House Foundation, San Antonio, TX and Ft. Hood, TX
Heart of the Pines VFD, Bastrop, TX
Honor Choir - Bastrop, TX
Honor Flight, Austin TX
Honor Guard, Bastrop, TX
IHS Ministry Soup Kitchen, Bastrop, TX
Lost Pines Leathernecks, Bastrop, T
Operation Finally Home, New Brunfels, TX, Homes for Disabled Veterans
Patriot Paws, Rockwall, TX
Project Graduation, BISD, Bastrop, TX
Soldiers Angels, San Antonio, TX
The Bugle Boy - La Grange, TX
Veterans Memorial - Smithville, TX
Wilderness Ridge Fire Victims
Military Warriors Support
In addition to supporting the charities listed above, each year the Cruisers provide 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.
The Cruisers are not just about fundraisers. We enjoy monthly socials at local 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. We also assist local businesses in special events with displays of our collector and special interest cars and trucks. Many of these businesses are sponsors for our annual Veterans car show.
Our members are committed to helping the community, helping each other, and also have made many lifelong friends through the BAC club.