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Vehicles, crowds overwhelm Main Street for Cruz-In

South Boston News / October 16, 2017

The inaugural Cruz-In in downtown South Boston far surpassed expectations with some 250 vehicles lined up along Main Street and a crowd of many hundreds enjoying the classic models on display.

“Just unreal” was the reaction of one onlooker who said he could not believe the number of people who turned out for the Cruz-In, held from 5-8 p.m.

Main Street was cordoned off all the way from the former cab station on Wilborn Avenue to the stoplight at Main Street and Seymour Drive.

There were so many vehicles on display that some had to be parked on side streets along the route.

Tamyra Vest of Destination Downtown admitted that the organizers were somewhat caught off-guard by the interest in the show.

Vest said she “was blown away at the participation. I had so many people approach me to say this was an incredible event and thanks for doing this. I ran into people from Danville that said ‘man, we’re gonna tell our buddies they missed a really good one. But they’ll be here next time!’”

One classic car enthusiast, Danny Lamberth, took special interest in a 1955 Chevy Bel Air two-door sedan owned by Les and Beverly Cook of South Boston. The Bel Air sported a 355 hp engine and was painted red and white with a bone and sand dollar colored interior.

It was built, not bought, according to the advertisement for the classic Chevy vehicle.

In all, there were more than 250 vehicles on display. Members of the Tinkers Car Club and the Old School Car Club helped arrange the event; Vest said several members of Roxboro-area car clubs did not make it to the show because of highway paving that was taking place on Route 501 South.

With the overwhelming favorable response to the inaugural event, Vest said the organizers would make adjustments with future Cruz-Ins to plan for even bigger crowds.

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Lots of folks and cars, for sure!

I'm looking forward to seeing the costs involved to the town and benefit for the merchants.

If little, Sunday could be a consideration and shops/restaurants that feel they could benefit could open, instead of some losing regular business with the streets closing at 3:30.

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