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Car Show and Tell

Kentucky Kruizers
keep their motors running

Car club members use love for
automobiles to raise money for local causes


By Roberta Sell
Contributing Writer

CARROLLTON, Ky. (October 2011) – Every first Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m., members of the Kentucky Kruizers car club gather at Carrollton’s Welch’s Restaurant and chat over hamburgers and coffee. Though the topic of conversation does indeed involve cars, much of the meeting time is dedicated to planning local cruise-ins and car shows, and organizing various ways to help other local philanthropic organizations.
“We are more of a charity than a car club,” club member Mark Reese said during the August meeting.
In fact, the money the club acquires is returned to the community. In the past, the Kruizers collaborated with other clubs and groups to carry out the annual Halloween events, such as the Haunted Train Ride during the October weekends at Gen. Butler State Resort Park. The club then donated its share of the earnings to Shop with a Cop, an annual holiday event that pairs students with local police officers to shop for holiday gifts.

Kentucky Kruizers Car

Photos by Roberta Sell

Kentucky Kruizers members show and
judge their classic cars each month
from April to October. The last show
for 2011 is set for Oct. 15 at
Coopers Restaurant in Carrollton.

Kentucky Kruizers Car

The car club also contributes to Crusade for Children and the local food bank. The Kruizers not only provide additional assistance with young people’s programs, but it also provides a positive model of behavior that the newer generations may emulate.
“We would like the younger people to get involved,” member Brent Stucker said.
The club appeals to people of all ages. It offers fellowship to those who remember classic cars when they were new off the line, and the opportunity to exchange tales and talk shop. As Kruizer Ron McMillan said, the club “gives people a chance to relive their youth.”
Anyone may participate in the upcoming Kentucky Kruizers events. Cruise-ins occur every third Saturday in the parking lot of Carrollton’s Coopers Restaurant from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. during the months of April through October. The final cruise-in for 2011 will be held at Coopers on Oct. 15. Admission and entry are free, and awards will be given for People’s Choice, as well as dash plaques to registered entries.
Additionally, a 50/50 raffle will be held. Half of the proceeds will go to the winners, and the other half will be donated to charity. The car club is also a familiar sight during Carrollton’s annual Easter on the Square, and Christmas on the Square, where they provide music for the visitors’ entertainment.
The Kruizers biggest annual event is the September car show at Point Park in Carrollton. 2011 marked the club’s 19th anniversary of this event. There was a Best of Show competition in GM, Mopar, Ford, and other categories. Awards were handed out in honor of Gene Kinman (one of the founding members), and a six-foot trophy was awarded in honor of the Ray brothers for overall Best of Show.
Though the Kentucky Kruizers was originally formed for the love of a fine machine, the club has evolved for the love of the community, its members say.

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