State, Pleasant and Inn Streets will be closed for pedestrians only, and this year, the Newburyport City Council approved additional spaces to park even more classic cars at the Harris Street Parking Lot and the Patrick Tracy Square. Visitors can get up close to view 200 specially selected classic cars from across New England. The rain date is Aug. 21, 2014.
“These cars – the pinnacle of design, function and style – are the main draw of “Cruisin’ the 50’s,” explains Carl Strube, general manager and co-owner of WNBP. “But each year, we strive to outdo last year’s event. Along with a live on-air broadcast by WNBP, we will have dancing and a free outdoor concert on Market Square by The Transistors. In addition, local retailers, restaurants, businesses, and the Post Office are rallying with some great promotions and a fundraiser.”
Some of the related events include:
-- The DeLorean car made famous in “Back to the Future” will time travel to the parking lot at the Institution for Savings. Movie fans can get their pictures with the vehicle to raise money for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.
-- MK Benatti Jewelers, located at 1 State Street, will feature a rare “mystery” classic car on display courtesy of a private collector. This special vehicle will help celebrate the recent relocation of this fine jewelry store.
-- The Newburyport Post Office will have a brief ceremony to unveil a new Hot Rod stamp.
-- Newburyport.com has live webcams in Market Square so people can view the activities by going to www.newburyport.com if they cannot attend the event in person.
Ann Ormond, President of the Newburyport Chamber of Commerce, noted that locals and tourists alike turn out for this magical evening of family fun. “Since this year is the City’s 250th Anniversary, we think the ‘Back to the Future’ theme is particularly appropriate. One of the things that makes our hometown so special is its mix of the historic architecture, culture, and charm with a progressive eye to the future,” she said.
“Whether you appreciate the smooth lines of a Jaguar, the sheer power of a Thunderbird engine or just want to reminisce with friends about long ago road trips in a ’56 Chevy convertible, you’ll find something to enjoy,” said Wes Pettengill, who serves as curator of Cruisin’ the 50’s as well as host of WNBP Radio’s “Calling All Cars” program. “We hand-select only the finest quality cars from throughout New England and beyond to represent the best of the 1940’s through 1960’s American and European vehicles,” he said.
For more information about Cruisin’ the 50s, please visit www.wnbp.com and www.newburyportchamber.org.
Please note: Classic car participation is by invitation andpre-registration only. For participant information, contact car coordinator Wes Pettengill at 978-465-3140.
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