Back-to-back car cruises sure to please aficionados
By Eric Slagle
Published: Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, 1:01 a.m.
While the end of summer is fast approaching, there is still time to shine up the hot rod or at least check out some of the classiest rides on the road.
Classic and antique car aficionados will want to mark the first full weekend of September on their calendars as two car shows are slated locally — one in Glassport on Sept. 7 and another in McKeesport on Sept. 8.
Event organizers say they hope to feature at least 100 automobiles at each outing.
Glassport Development Corp. will host its first Car Cruise and Craft Show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 7.
“Quite a few people say they are coming,” said GDC's John DeAngelo, who added he anticipates the borough's main drag will be filled with classic cars of all makes, models and years. “We're going to block off Monongahela Avenue from Seventh to Fourth Street.”
DeAngelo said the event will have something for everybody. There will be fire truck rides and other activities for children set up around the fire station, and a craft show at the honor roll next to the municipal building.
They will be plenty of opportunities to get a bite to eat at local businesses or play games of chance. Free public parking will be provided behind the borough building.
DeAngelo said Matta Motors, Jefferson Regional Medical Center, Pennsylvania American Water Co. and Duquesne Light are among the area businesses supporting the event.
GDC plans to make the car show an annual activity. Those showing off their vehicles will receive a free dash plaque. There will be 42 trophies awarded, including those for mayor's choice, kids' choice and farthest distance traveled.
On Sept. 8 from noon to 5 p.m., McKeesport Trail Commission will host its second annual car show along Water Street near the Great Allegheny Passage in McKeesport.
MTC president Linda Brewster said the event is expected to attract around 100 drivers. Last year, the inaugural show drew 65 presenters.
“Anyone can come down,” Brewster said. “We're getting a lot of positive feedback.”
Whether there for the cars or cycling by on the trail, Brewster said, “We're going to have some good food.” Menu items include stuffed cabbage, haluski, hot dogs and nachos.
There are 35 trophies up for grabs at the McKeesport show including five for motorcycles.
Organizers of the events are hoping for good weather.
The rain date for the Glassport show is Sept. 8. McKeesport organizers have designated Oct. 6 as the rain date for their event.
Eric Slagle is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1966, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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