Organizers hope cruise-in will draw people and cars downtown

October 02, 2003|LIZ MAPLES

Calling all vintage car enthusiasts: Main Street will be closed from 5-8 p.m. Saturday to make way for the first Classic Cruise-In smack dab in the Heart of Danville.

Kirby Stafford of Danville will be there, with his award-winning 1933 Ford, to talk shop and swap stories.

The car won one of five PPG Industries Paint Awards given at the Street Rod Nationals in Louisville and was a Top 25 at the Shades of the Past show in Gatlinburg, Tenn. Both awards, Stafford said, are a big deal in the world of classic cars.

Even to the untrained eye, Stafford's car is a feast with its golden paint job and pencil-thin flames. The sleek, neat look is just what judges go for, Stafford said.

He hopes to find a buyer for the car, but the $68,000 price tag has brought few bites.

The cruise-in gives Stafford and other car junkies a chance to show off their cars and gawk at others'. Similar events in neighboring counties have brought in thousands of cars, and Danville organizers hope the city's cruise-in will grow in popularity.


"It's a good atmosphere," Stafford said. "Everyone should come out, meet some neat people, and see some cool cars."

There will be a disc jockey playing music, games for kids and adults, door prizes, dash plaques for the first 100 participants, and a contest where winners split the prize money.

The Heart of Danville is sponsoring the cruise-In with the help of Bluegrass Cruisers and Old School Cruisers.

Liz Maples can be reached at

Central Kentucky News Articles