NEWINGTON – Not every car show presents the opportunity for a sweeping time travel experience. Most have cut-off dates or are geared toward a specific brand.
Newington’s, however, offers the chance to wander through nearly every era of the 20th century.
It also happens to be one of the first of the season, and draws more than 1,000 spectators to the downtown district.
The Newington Chamber of Commerce’s 10th Annual Cruising Newington is set for Thursday, June 9 on Market Square. In case of rain, the event will be rescheduled for June 19 and then June 23.
“It’s different than anything else we have in town,” Chamber President Michael Loscialpo said. “It allows people at the very beginning of the summer season to be able to just come out and enjoy themselves. Based on the last couple of years we see there’s growth each year. It’s becoming something the residents really look forward to.” Although hosted by Connecticut Street Legends, the show is expected to attract several different car clubs. Members of each respective club are encouraged to arrive around the same time so they can park in the same vicinity. The line-up will begin at 4:30 p.m. and dash plaques will be given to the first 200 show cars.
There is no cut-off year, so spectators can expect to see all the classics, including those both domestic and foreign, along with street rods, custom cars, vintage and newer muscle cars.
Around a dozen trophies will be awarded by members of CT Street Legends, along with town officials and chamber members.
Food vendors and ’50s tunes will create a festival-like atmosphere in the center of Newington, which has undergone a transformation in the last several years.
“Market Square has only recently been refurbished so there are still a lot of people that need to come and see the opportunities for consumers and residents,” Loscialpo explained. “This will help with exposure to downtown Newington and a lot of the new businesses that have opened in the area.”
Admission is $10 per car and free to spectators, who can come anytime between 5 and 8 p.m.
This year’s sponsors are Liberty Bank, Steel Horse Motor Car Ltd., the Newington Town Crier, Connecticut Street Legends and Picture This Productions.
For more information call the Chamber at 860-666-2089 or visit newingtonchamber.com.
If you go:
WHAT: 10th Annual Cruising Newington
WHEN: Thursday, June 9 from 5-8 p.m. Rain dates 6/19 and 6/23
WHERE: Market Square, Newington