Roseville plans on ‘cruise-in’ event June 11

By: Kevin Bunch | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published June 7, 2016

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ROSEVILLE — The former Roseville Gratiot Cruise has been revamped this year, returning as the “Classics on Gratiot” cruise-in event June 11.

Roseville Heritage Foundation President Jack Jacobson said businesses along Gratiot from 10 Mile to 14 Mile roads will have car shows and cruise events going on throughout the day, starting around 10 a.m. as businesses open.

Opening ceremonies are scheduled at Macomb Mall for around 11 a.m., Jacobson said, to officially kick off the event. The official runtime is noon until 8 p.m., though Jacobson said businesses did not have specific times that they need to shut down and go home.

“We’re not advertising it as a cruise,” Jacobson said. “It’s a cruise-in. Come at your leisure; come in and frequent these businesses along Gratiot.”

Dooley’s is serving as the headquarters for the event with its own daylong event, featuring an appearance by former Detroit Red Wing Ted Lindsay. Dooley’s is also planning on giving out trophies for its car show, and it has scheduled music from DJ Erick.

Other locations that have announced car shows or related activities include Midas Muffler, Grady’s Sports N More, Hooters and Macomb Mall.

Macomb Mall is hosting the Drive One auto club, which consists of high school students from throughout the area. Drive One primarily meets at Roseville High School much of the year and focuses on rebuilding, repairing and restoring classic vehicles.

“This is the best-kept secret in Roseville, and these kids have a future ahead of them,” Jacobson said. “Basically, all the kids there in the program have already been romanced by certain businesses to go to work.”

Roseville Heritage Foundation Secretary Judith Warren-Wright said all the proceeds from Classics on Gratiot will go toward Drive One, and that the club members plan on bringing a few of the vehicles they’ve worked on to Macomb Mall for the event.

“They need funding to buy materials (for) design concepts — they start with clay models and design from the concept to the finished parts of a car, and then they compete nationally (in car shows),” Warren-Wright said.

Jacobson said Jawor’s Golf Center is putting together an ice cream social as part of a kids zone, while Noni’s Grill will host a kids zone itself with bounce houses.

Erin Presbyterian Church will hold a customer appreciation car show for RCO Engineering, Jacobson added.

Some businesses that are not planning on holding a car show are planning other activities, such as sidewalk sales, Jacobson said.

For more information, visit www.rosevilleheritagecruise.com or call (586) 343-3485.

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