Looking Back: Shorewood Kiwanis Harper Charity Cruise

St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published July 17, 2020

Photo provided by the St. Clair Shores Historical Commission


ST. CLAIR SHORES — As summer wanes in St. Clair Shores, the Harper Charity Cruise normally takes place. Held each August since 1994, the cruise has grown over the years, both for the crowds it attracts and for the distance on Harper Avenue that it covers. The length of the route has grown, but the Cruise remains a charity event, sponsored by the Shorewood Kiwanis. All profits from the annual event benefit local charities, with an emphasis on assisting children and teens.

This photo is from one of the earliest cruises, in 1996, and features a 1929 Ford Model A Roadster. Ford produced over 4.8 million Model A cars from 1927 to 1932. Originally available in four colors and a range of body styles, the cars sold for $385 to $1,400, depending on the style. The top speed was about 65 mph.

The Shorewood Kiwanis was founded in 1959, with 31 charter members.

The 2020 Harper Cruise has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

To view this image and other historic photographs, please visit the Digital Media Archive at www.scslibrary.org.

— Submitted by Heidi Christein, archivist, St. Clair Shores Public Library