car enthusiasts cling
to their wheels of yesteryear
Attention car enthusiasts! Did you know there are two very active car
clubs in the area?
The Kentucky Kruizers, based in Carrollton, Kentucky, was formed in
1992. The club was the brainchild of Phil Wotring and Gene Kinman. Phil
and Gene had met when asked to put on a car show to benefit the Carrollton
Rotary Club Scholarship foundation. They started a mailing list, which
before long grew to over seventy names. Eventually, they had a meeting
and it was determined that there was enough interest to form a club.
The rest, as they say is history.
Raymond Ray owns several classic cars,
including this 1986 Dodge Shelby.
The Carrollton Club has forty-six members. There are a
variety of cars and trucks in the Kruizers, from hot rods to vintage
The Kruizers meet the first Tuesday of every month at 7:00 Kentucky
time at the Burger King on Highway 227 in Carrollton. Their cruises
are also at Burger King from 6:00 PM until ?, depending on the weather,
the third Saturday of each month. Each cruise has a theme, and it is
fun to dress up. Some of the themes are Beach Boys Night, American Graffiti
Night (50s and 60s) and a Halloween Costume contest coming up October
16. There are also door prizes, 50s and 60s music and a cash drawing.
According to Raymond Ray, the Kentucky Kruizers have been very busy
this year, putting on seven car shows in the Carrollton area, such as
a car show for the Carroll County High School Band Boosters and the
Carroll County High School cheerleaders. Raymond Ray, known to his car
show friends as Ray Ray, has also Did for various events, such as the
arrival of the Peace Bell, the Christmas Carroll even in December, and
a car show in Glencoe, Kentucky. The Kruizers have also helped out with
the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, The Haunted Train Ride at
General Butler State Park, and the ringing of the bells for the Salvation
Army during the Christmas season.
The Kentucky Kruizers car show is Saturday September 18, at Point Park
in Carrollton. Proceeds from the show will be used to fund community
programs, such as donations to the needy, scholarships and improvements
to the community. Registration for the car show is from 9:00 AM until
Noon Kentucky time. Trophy presentation is at 4:00 PM. There will be
food, drinks, cash drawings and door prizes. Dash Plaques are given
out to the first 100 cars. There will also be a DJ playing 50s and 60s
Raymond Ray owns a 1986 Dodge Shelby and several other cars. His wife
Judy owns a shiny 1959 Ford Thunderbird. Phil Wotring owns a beautiful
turquoise 1957 Chevrolet Belair. His wife Mary owns a pretty red 1965
The Choice Automobiles of Madison (CAM), is based in Madison, Indiana.
This club was formed in April of 1994. There are currently fifty-two
members in CAM. In the winter, there meetings are held the third Thursday
and the first Saturday over every month and in the summer, the third
Thursday of every month at Pardners restaurant, located on the hilltop
in Madison. Their cruise-ins are the first Saturday of every month from
April through October, at Wal-Mart. They begin at 5:00 PM (EST). The
cruises are a lot of fun. There is 50s and 60s music, door prizes, trophies,
cash drawings, and a Washer Toss Tournament. Each Cruise-In has a theme.
In September, there is a poker run. To participate in a poker run, cruisers
follow maps to different areas in Madison to pick up a playing card.
Whoever has the best hand, at the end, wins a nice dash plaque that
says "Best Poker Hand."
Coming up October, is a Halloween Cruise. During the Halloween Cruise,
there will be a drawing for a motor, tickets are on sale at various
CAM events. There is also an "impromptu" cruise the third
Friday of the month called "Friday Night at Frisch's".
CAM's first car show was held on Memorial Day weekend in 1996. Since
then they have had many successful car shows. This past year, over three
hundred cars, trucks, and bikes participated.
Several members of CAM will have their cars featured in the move "Madison",
which will tell the story of the winning of the Regatta by the "Miss
Madison" in 1971.
According to Pete Backus, Vice President of CAM, they are a community-minded
club, donating funds from car shows to needy people, the Relay for Life,
the fireworks during the Regatta, the Madison Jaycees and the Red Cross.
Pete Backus currently owns a 1937 Chevrolet Coupe, which he is restoring.
For more information on the Kentucky Kruizers you can call
Raymond Ray at (606) 567-4813.
For more information on CAM you can call Pete Backus at (812)
265-6773 or the hotline at (812) 265-3620 ext. 4004.
Upcoming events: Kentucky Kruizers car show Saturday September
18 at Point Park.
Registration is from 9:00PM until Noon (Kentucky time). Cruise at Burger
King Saturday September 18 following the car show.
CAM ñ Cruise-In Saturday September4 5:00 until dark (slow time)
Halloween Night Saturday October 2
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