Cruisin' on Main Street 2017It's almost time for the 17th annual Cruisin' on Main Street. The event will return to Downtown Manchester on Sunday, August 6th from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Rain dates are August 13 and August 20.
Show car registration begins at 8:00 AM. There is a registration fee of $10. The first 700 cars receive dash plaques.
New Event for Kids
A Hot Wheels Car Race Competition will be set-up at the show by the Gear Head Mafia Car Club to allow kids to select and race a Hot Wheels car on a specially designed race track. Handsome medals will be awarded to the winners in different age categories and every young competitor will be able to keep the Hot Wheels car provided to them. Cruisinâ€™ is excited to help cultivate a new generation of car enthusiasts.
New Shuttle Bus Tour
Cruisinâ€™ is working with the Manchester Historical Society to run a free shuttle van between the car show and the Manchester History Center on Pine Street. By providing easy access between the car show and the History Center, attendees will be able to view Manchesterâ€™s automotive history displayed along Main Street and displays of our rich Town history at the History Center. The shuttle stop will be located on Forest Street next the Forest St. Parking Lot and will run from 11AM to 2PM. The Tour and shuttle service are free.
Visitors enjoyed the following highlights from Cruisin' 2016.
Cruisin' 2016 EntertainmentMass-Conn-Fusion Duo is a unique combination that pairs the up-right bass with saxophones. The styles of music range from Take 5 to Maroon 5. Jim is the founding father of Mass-Conn-Fusion and from the time he met Liz at the Conn Music Department they have performed a wide range of musical endeavors. Listen to them as they perform at the V.I.P. Hospitality Courtyard.
1029 the Whale, Hartford's only classic rock station, will be back this year. The Whale is Hartford's home for Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Who, The Rolling Stones, Queen and many other notables. They will kick off the day at 10:00 a.m., commercial free, and they drive you home with Connecticut radio legend Michael Picozzi.
The Crustaceans the Clams and the 9th Wave will sound off with surf music, a form of guitar led instrumental rock music that evolved in the early 1960's. They will be performing in front of Pinewood Furniture with dynamic and powerful sounds that lend tribute to the surfing and instrumental cultures.
The Eastern Chapter Over the Hill Gang Car Clubs, DJ, bring lively music and event announcements to continuously throughout the day. Visit them in front of the Forest Street Food court.
Popular local DJ Dale Griffith, will entertain at the Forest Street Food Court. Dale provides lots of fun for all age groups with juggling, music, dancing and some surprises.
Cruisin' 2016 T-ShirtsHot off the press. Purchase your t-shirt at the Customer Service Office, Town Hall. $15.00 per shirt.
History about this year's shirts: Each and every car has a story. Lots of stories, in fact - of where and when it was purchased, and why, and of road trips and repairs and that rabbit's foot that once hung from the rear view mirror. Same with souvenir T-shirts, which will wind up folded in closets and drawers but when worn are special reminders of memorable days at concerts or festivals or, yes, car shows. Car stories. T-shirt stories. And sometimes, cars-on-T-shirt stories.
That's what we have this year. Visitors to Cruisin' on Main will as usual have a chance to buy a souvenir T-shirt, which typically features a single vintage automobile. This year, though, there are four cars pictured on the shirt, owned by four men who have each been involved with an event that in just 16 short years has become, well, the biggest thing in Manchester other than You Know What.
One T-shirt. Four cars. Four men. So many stories. See the full story in the Cruisin' brochure featured in the JI August 4th spread. Featured on this year's t-shirts you will find Ed Firestone's 1949 Hudson Super Six Brougham, Rudy Kissman's - 1952 Ford Crestline Victoria, Bob Barker's - 1978 Corvette and Paul Scappaticci's - 1954 Chevy Model 210.