MANCHESTER, CT – The coronavirus pandemic may have interrupted Cruisin ‘on Main Street in Manchester city center, but it hasn’t canceled the popular event for good. His return is scheduled for Sunday August 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cruisin ‘on Main Street is a full day cruise and show for vintage and classic cars, trucks, sports cars and street rods 1987 and prior. Almost a mile of Main Street in Manchester city center will close to create a plaza-like viewing area where spectators can walk, see and exchange memories of shared automotive history.
“We are seeing strong attendance at auto shows across the region this spring and
summer, ”said Cruisin ‘Committee Chairman Ed Firestone. “There is pent-up demand. Both show
car owners and spectators really missed the auto show experience. “
Show cars can start arriving at 8 a.m. A map showing registration entries can be found at
www.cruisinonmainstreet.org. Registration of the show car costs $ 10 The first 600 registrants receive a
commemorative plaque on the dashboard. The show opens to the public at 10 a.m. with a FREE spectator
Organizers said Cruisin ‘2021 is particularly important to organizers because Cruisin’ 20th anniversary has been postponed due to COVID-19.
“We are very happy to be able to celebrate this important milestone,” said Firestone.
Beautiful vintage vehicles, food, music and fun come together at Cruisin ‘. A taste of special
The activities offered at Cruisin ‘2021 include:
- Meet Miss Connecticut – Appearance of Miss Connecticut 2021, Sapna Raghavan.
- For kids – A Hot Wheels racing competition hosted by the Gear Head Mafia Car Club. Children receive Hot Wheels cars which they race on a specially designed track with awarded medals.
- Silver City Quarter Midget Club Display – Quarter Midget race car exhibit and information about the Silver City Quarter Midget Club. Quarter Midget racing is a form of automobile racing for children aged 5 to 16. The cars are about a quarter the size of a full miniature car.
- A glimpse of the future – The robotics team from the Eastern Catholic High School, Aetos Dios, will present their robotics project.
- See a piece of city history – During Miss Elisabeth Bennet’s tenure as Principal of Barnard School, a bench was located outside her office. Visitors could sit there to wait and see her. The “bench” will be on display during Cruisin ‘. You are invited to share your family memories with the members of the Manchester Historical Society who will be in attendance at the bench exhibit.
- Staycation art exhibition – WORK_SPACE, the City of Manchester Working and MeetingCenter at 903 Main Street, will feature an art exhibit showcasing the joys and discoveries of being tourists in our own home and hometowns. The exhibition runs from August 1 to September 24. [email protected]
- Live music – The North East Surf Music Alliance and other talented musicians, along with 102.9FM personality Rob Ray, will deliver music from the ‘golden age’ of Cruisin ‘.
- Good food has always been a part of Cruisin ‘, from the many privately owned food and beverage establishments that inhabit downtown to the special vendors that add to the variety of delicious choices Cruisin’ has to offer.
- Informative displays Cruisin ‘sponsors provide the opportunity to learn about the products and services of knowledgeable local businesses. Cruisin ‘wouldn’t be possible without the support of our sponsors.
- Sponsor choice trophy which take place at 2 p.m. are eagerly awaited by show car owners and spectators.
Participants and Cruisin ‘fans can take home a special Cruisin’ memento by purchasing a Cruisin ‘on Main Street baseball cap or t-shirt for the 20th anniversary.
Since its inception, the Cruisin ‘Committee has made giving back to the community a priority, donating over $ 177,000 to local nonprofit, civic and service groups. In addition, a special annual scholarship in memory of Cruisin ‘committee member John “Randy” Thrall was established in 2014.
The Cruisin ‘Committee looks forward to continuing this tradition. This year, Cruisin ‘has created a Friends of Cruisin’ donation opportunity for those who wish to support Cruisin ‘. Funds raised through the campaign will go to MARC Inc. of Manchester once expenses are covered. For more information, visit www.cruisinonmainsgtreet.org or visit the Cruisin Facebook page on Main Street.
How to get to cruisin ‘and where to park
Getting to Cruisin ‘is easy. Take the I84 to the I384 to exit 3 towards Manchester city center. Or approach
Main Street vis US Routes 6 & 44. Follow signs for show car entry or spectator parking.
Weather report information
In case of bad weather, the postponement information will be broadcast before 6 p.m. the same day
ahead of the event on 102.9 FM The Whale and posted on the Cruisin ‘website at
www.cruisinonmainstreet.org and on the Cruisin ‘on Main Street Facebook page. The rainy dates are
August 8 and 15.