Back in June, Jerry (Jayce) Trembley’s 1997 Chevrolet Silverado pick-up truck hit an amazing milestone, when it eclipsed the 1 million kilometre mark.
To help celebrate, Synthia Trembley, Jayce’s wife, told the Sydenham Current they are holding the ‘Chevy Christmas Cruise – A Million Clicks for Cans’ event. The cruise/food drive will be held on Sunday, December 10 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., starting from the Salvation Army Thrift Store in Wallaceburg.
Synthia said they wanted to give back to the community as part of their celebration and their goal is to fill up Jayce’s Chevy with non-perishable canned goods and food items, which will be donated to the food bank in Wallaceburg.
“We’ll celebrate the milestone of the truck hitting a million by giving back,” Synthia said.
“It will be a fun, cool thing to do. We’re really, really hoping lots of Chevy trucks show up.”
1 million kilometres
A millwright by trade, Jayce makes the commute from Wallaceburg to Windsor and back everyday, working for the Local 1244, mostly in the automotive industry.
His truck was ordered from Riverview Automotive in Wallaceburg back in 1996.
It came straight from the factory and it was delivered in February of 1997.
“It’s kind of rare for that sort of a truck to hit a million kilometres with the same engine. It’s all original, same exhaust even,” Synthia said.
“So it is really quite popular around town among friends and farmers. They always ask about the truck, ‘so Jerry how many kilometres are on your truck now.'”
Synthia said her husband does all of the maintenance on the truck himself, usually outside in their driveway.
“He thinks the world of his truck,” she said.
“He has taken quite good care of it, although the last couple of years it has been falling apart, but it still runs. It is still driving him to Windsor everyday. He loves his truck more than he loves me some days I think, the way he takes care of that thing.”
Synthia said Jayce waited for his truck to hit a million and he sent a letter away to customer service.
She said they have been in touch with Chevrolet officials about Jayce’s story possibly being included as part of their ‘Canadian Dream’ promotion.
Cruise details and route
Jayce’s “victory lap” will start at the Salvation Army Thrift Store (behind Walmart) at 1 p.m., head down Lowe Avenue, left on Baseline, down McNaughton, through the downtown core on James Street, up to Murray Street and back to Baseline and Lowe, ending the cruise where it started, at the Salvation Army Thrift Store.
Cruise watchers and food donors are invited to watch the cruise from anywhere on the route.
The organizers and volunteers will ensure any donations get in Jayce’s truck and to the warehouse.
Donations can also be left at James Street Eatery from now through Sunday, December 10.
The cruise participants are then invited back downtown to James Street Eatery for cake, coffee and hot chocolate after the cruise.
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