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A previous Cruising Downtown car show. Courtesy photo.




Cruising Downtown

Where: Downtown Manchester, primarily Elm Street, Brady Sullivan Tower parking lot and Veterans Park
When: Saturday, Sept. 5, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: $5 donation requested, free for children ages 12 and under
Parking: free, behind City Hall along Franklin Street
Visit: cruisingdowntown.com
Car Registration: Online registration is now closed, but registration will be open the day of the event at Brady Sullivan Tower from 6 a.m. to noon. The fee is $25. Available spaces are first come, first served.




Cruisin’ along
Huge car show returns to downtown Manchester

09/03/15
By Angie Sykeny asykeny@hippopress.com



Thousands of car enthusiasts will flock to Elm Street for the 15th annual Cruising Downtown car show on Saturday, Sept. 5, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., put on by the Manchester Rotary Club. The event is the third largest classic car show in New England, featuring over 600 cars.

“Car clubs and individuals from all over New England show up with their cars,” Mark Burns, president of Manchester Rotary Club, said. “It will run the gamut of older cars, hot rods, street rods, every car you can imagine that’s considered to be a collectible or antique.”
The show will be held on Elm Street and Chestnut Street, from Bridge Street to Lake Avenue. Those areas will be closed to through traffic for the duration of the event. Burns said the police estimated 40,000 attendees last year.
This year is expected to be even larger due to special guest Dennis Gage, host of the television show My Classic Car. The show, now in its 20th season, currently airs on Velocity and MAVtv networks and is seen by over 90 million households. Gage will be at Cruising Downtown with a film crew, and he will select five cars to feature on his show.
“We’ve had more pre-registrations and more sponsorships than we’ve ever had, and we can only directly relate that to having [Gage] there,” Burns said. “He’s well-known in the classic car business and many of these people want to come and hopefully get on the show.”
There will be two stages with live music — the main stage at the Brady Sullivan Tower and the second at Veterans Park. Performers include Speed Trap from 10 a.m. to noon and Permanent Vacation from 1 to 3 p.m. at the main stage, and The Atomic Raygun from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the park. Live radio during band breaks will be provided by Frank FM (99.1 and 106.3) and The Wolf (93.3).
Also at Veterans Park, there will be food vendors and local business vendors, both car-related and not. An awards ceremony will take place at 3 p.m., where plaques will be awarded for winning cars in various categories.  
Cruising Downtown is Manchester Rotary Club’s largest fundraiser of the year. Proceeds from the car registration fees and attendee donations will support various youth services in Manchester, including the Manchester Boys & Girls Club, Child and Family Services of NH, NH Food Bank, Manchester Special Olympics and many others.
“It’s a great way to end the summer,” Burns said. “The money raised gets put back into the community, and if you’re into automobiles, it’s fun to get the chance to see some very nice cars.” 





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