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Posted: 08/27/14

Car enthusiasts can enter Lions Charity Car Cruise

Observer Special Writer

      Car enthusiasts are encouraged to enter the 2014 Lion's Charity Car Cruise Sunday, Aug. 31. Although the Charity Car Cruise attracts classic car entries, anyone is welcome to join the cruise according to Charity Car Cruise co-chairs, Don and Cindy Hook.
       "We are staging entries at the Road Commission Service Center on 31 Mile Rd., just east of M-53 instead of the parking lot of the old Kmart store," said Cindy.
       Entrants need to gather at 5 p.m. The cruise will begin around 7:30 p.m., depending on how long the Bed Races take. Cars will pull out from 31 Mile Rd. and continue to Van Dyke Rd. to line-up on Pleasant St.
       "We're footloose and fancy free; classic cars usually enter, but it's open to anyone," Cindy said. "There is no fee, just join us."
       However, if you want to donate $10 for your entry, you will receive a number for your window and information about your car will be noted. The announcer will broadcast information about your car as you drive by the stage. Placards will be sold in advance at the Romeo Lion's Car Show. For a $15 fee you can also purchase a DVD taken of your car as you drive by the stage.
       Car buffs can have a full day of car viewing if they take a shuttle bus out to the Ford Engine Plant to see The Romeo Lion's Car Show earlier in the day, from 7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., then grab a bite to eat at the Farmers Breakfast before joining the Charity Car Cruise in the evening.
       The Romeo Lion's Car Show and Lion's Charity Car Cruise used to be one event; they are now separate events. The Lion's Charity Car Cruise is supported by The Romeo Kids Foundation; proceeds from entries benefit this charity.
       Jim Micielli of Culligan of Romeo and Bill Miller of Miller Machine are Car Cruise sponsors this year.
       There were more than 200 car entries last year, and the Hooks hope to get a few more entries this year. They believe good weather will help increase entries.
       "If it's not nice, they aren't bringing their cars out," Cindy said.
       Entrants are advised to get an early start; there may be traffic difficulties such as roadblocks and heavy traffic on the way to the staging area at the Road Commission.
       "The Car Cruise is a big attraction for the night events," Cindy said. "How many opportunities do you have to drive through a historic town, wave and act like a celebrity?"

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