Cruise Shap­ing Up As An­other Clas­sic

Escalon Times - - FRONT PAGE - By MARG JACK­SON mjack­son@escalon­times.com

Weather fore­cast­ers are pre­dict­ing tem­per­a­tures in the low 90s for Satur­day, along with gen­er­ally clear skies – pretty much pic­ture perfect weather for the an­nual Escalon Li­ons Club Au­tumn Cruise.

The down­town show, staged in the city’s Main Street Park, is sched­uled on Satur­day, Sept. 9 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will fea­ture not only hun­dreds of clas­sic cars on dis­play but also food, music, raf­fle draw­ings, tro­phy pre­sen­ta­tions and more.

This year is the 24th an­nual cruise; it has been spon­sored by the Escalon Li­ons Club since its in­cep­tion and has pro­vided hun­dreds of schol­ar­ships for Escalon High School stu­dents over the years, to­tal­ing well over $250,000.

Auto en­thu­si­asts from around the re­gion come for the show and many have also par­tic­i­pated in a num­ber of the Fri­day night ‘Pre-Cruise’ events that were hosted through­out the sum­mer at Hula’s on Jack­son Av­enue.

Co-or­ga­nizer John Salvin said it was a bit of a tough sum­mer; triple digit heat was fre­quent and in fact was also in ev­i­dence for the fi­nal Fri­day night event on Sept. 1.

Still, the ad­vance reg­is­tra­tion for the car show was close to 200 ve­hi­cles and Salvin said they al­ways get some the fi­nal few days be­fore the Satur­day event and also take ‘day of’ reg­is­tra­tions. The car show con­sis­tently fea­tures more than 300 ve­hi­cles of all makes and mod­els, from cars to trucks, mo­tor­cy­cles

to an oc­ca­sional boat. Some have been re­stored to pris­tine con­di­tion; oth­ers are in process but all come with a story.

A break­fast is avail­able for pur­chase from the lo­cal Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 263 and Le­gion Rid­ers at the Grange Hall the morn­ing of the down­town cruise, while the Li­ons Club serves up a lunch. There will also be a va­ri­ety of ven­dors on hand for the day.

Of­fer­ing plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties for car buffs and vis­i­tors to the show to talk shop, Salvin said Li­ons Club mem­bers also want to con­tinue their goal of giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity through the event.

“Last year, we gave out 18 schol­ar­ships, worth $1,500 each, to grad­u­at­ing Escalon High School se­niors,” Salvin noted. “Every­thing we make goes back to the com­mu­nity in some way.”

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