Cruisin' On Main

About Us

Contact information:
Ed Firestone, Chairperson, 860-646-1631,
Frank Parseliti, Sponsor Chairperson, 860-833-8312,
Mike Esposito, Food Vendor Coordinator, 860-916-9578,

History of Cruisin' on Main

Cruisin' on Main Street began in 2001. The birth and development was created by a core group of dedicated individuals and organizations that had a love of antique cars and wanted to relive the 40's thru 70's when cruisin' on Main Street was a Thursday night tradition.

They were:

- Ed Firestone, former chair of the DMSSD
- The late Butch Gordon, of Manchester Motor Car Co.
- The Downtown Manchester Special Services District
- WDRC FM radio station, 102.9 on your FM dial.

The idea for a Main Street cruise and car show quickly caught on, spreading like wildfire. A generation of Manchester residents recall spending Thursday evenings cruising Main Street with their best girl. Given the unique history and character of Main Street and the burgeoning interest in vintage vehicles, everyone thought that a Main Street cruise and show would be a winner. They were right.

The first Cruisin' On Main Street was held in August of 2001. Our goal was to attract 200 show cars and several hundred spectators. To our delight and surprise over 500 show cars and several thousand spectators attended. Since then, Cruisin' on Main Street has grown in size every year. In our peak year we welcomed approximatley 1,000 vehicles and 30,000 spectators.

In 2016, management of Cruisin' on Main transitioned from the DMSSD to the Town of Manchester. The committee remains committed to making this the premier event of the year while showcasing our beautiful and historic downtown.