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Utica’s 11th cruise to bring car enthusiasts downtown

July 30, 2014

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Kay and Chester McCoskey, of Sterling Heights, look at classic cars at the 2011 Utica car show. The annual car show will take place at noon Aug. 9 this year.

UTICA — All car collectors, enthusiasts and anyone interested in a trip back in time are welcome at the city of Utica’s 11th annual Cruisin’ with the Oldies Car Show.

Vintage, custom and historical vehicles will begin arriving downtown around 8-9 a.m. Aug. 9, and the show itself will begin at noon. The event is free for spectators, and those wishing to register their vehicles for the show may do so for $10 at 10 a.m. at the municipal building on Auburn Road.

Mayor Jacqueline Noonan said the cars would line up along Auburn Road and Cass Avenue in downtown Utica and that the event would last until around 5-6 p.m.

“Cass will be the entry point, and (participants) will get a goody bag with nice things in it, some freebies and registration materials,” she said. “It’ll be a nice thing. Everyone who registers is eligible hourly for prizes.”

Noonan added that the event will feature a disc jockey spinning rock tunes from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s and that there would be an appearance from Model A and Model T clubs.

“We’re hoping some of the other clubs will decide to come,” she said. “We definitely know the bars and restaurants will be open and running specials, and we’ll probably have a 50-50 (raffle) going on to raise extra money for Parks and Recreation.”

Utica’s Parks and Recreation Department also will be the beneficiary of the registration money, Noonan said, for improvements to the city’s parks.

Along with the car show festivities, Noonan said the Clinton River Canoe and Kayak Livery might be available near Memorial Park at the city’s new access point for short kayak rides down the river to Heritage Park.

About the author

Staff Writer Sarah Wojcik covers Shelby Township and Utica for the Shelby-Utica News. Sarah has worked for C & G Newspapers since 2013 and attended Oakland University. She won a first place 2013 Excellence in Journalism award for open government reporting and a second place 2014 Excellence in Journalism award for a series of explanatory stories from the Detroit chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

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