Cruisin’ begins at Essex I tonight

The Essex I “Back to the 50s” car and motorcycle cruise will be the unofficial kick-off to the 9th Annual Salem Super Cruise today, from 5 to 8:30 p.m.

Essex I is located at 2511 Bentley Drive.

The event, now in its seventh year, drew 83 cars last year, and will feature two resident’s choice trophies, one for the best car and one for the best motorcycle.

“We added motorcycles this year,” said Ryan Valiquette, admissions coordinator. Essex I has 75 residents.

Those are the only two trophies being awarded along with 100 dash plaques that will be given out. The cruise will be held rain or shine.

There will be a Chinese auction with more than 50 items and includes a gas grill with one propane fill, oil changes, auto detailing coupons, tattoo gift certificates and car washes.

Fifty-fifty drawings and door prizes are part of the cruise.

All proceeds benefit the Essex I activity department.

The Super Cruise official kickoff is set for Thursday at the municipal lot on East Pershing Street and the Arby’s restaurant from 4 to 9 p.m.

Mayor John Berlin will announce the beginning by issuing the command for cruisers to “Start your Engines” at 7 p.m. in the East Pershing Street parking lot across from Timberlanes.

The SOBO Band will be spotlighted on the Broadway stage from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The Galleria of Vintage, Classic and Pristine Cars is John Kufleitner’s new showroom on Salem-Alliance Road and will hold a Super Cruise kickoff party with free dash plaques for the first 100 cruisers from 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday.

The Galleria has a number of classics, muscle cars and street rods in the showroom and free refreshments will be on hand.

All the Super Cruise music is sponsored by MAC Trailer and the Broadway stage is sponsored by Ohio Edison and Howells & Baird Engineering of Salem.

On Friday, there will be show car cruising from noon until 11 p.m. and there will be a free public

parking and shuttle service to the downtown area from 5 to 10 p.m. from East Third Street in the Salem Regional Medical Center lot and from West State Street near the Dairy Queen on the west side of town.

The shuttle will run from 5 to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and drop visitors off in the East Second Street parking lot.

The annual antique car show will be back at Centennial Park from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and “Uptown Saturday Night” will be on the Broadway stage from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. followed by “Manhattan” from 9 to 11 p.m.

On Saturday, show car cruising runs from noon until 11 p.m. and there will be a live broadcast of K-105’s Doug and MaryAnn on the Broadway stage from 1 to p.m.

The Zach Paxson Band will perform on the Broadway Stage from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and the Mainstreet Lions will take be feature from 9 to 11 p.m.

On Sunday, the second annual Salem Super Cruise Autocross sponsored by Stretch’s Rod Shop, 191 Benton Road, will be held at the Salem High School parking lot, rain or shine.

The entry fee is $20 for Sports Car Club of America members and $25 for non-members. The proceeds benefit the Banquet of Salem.

Registration is from 9 to 10 a.m. and racing begins at 11 a.m. Drivers 16-years-old and up can compete with a release and age affidavit that can be downloaded at

Also on Sunday, there will be the Bricker Automotive NAPA Show ‘n Shine at the municipal lot on East Pershing Street from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. River Hawk will be on the Broadway stage from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. and the Gordon James Band will perform from 3 to 5 p.m.

Brochures and 2014 Super Cruise T-shirts are available at city hall, Suburban Market at 667 Newgarden Ave. and at the Arby’s Cruise.

The Super Cruise T-shirts are available in a number of colors including yellow, blue, pink and gray and in all sizes for $10 each.

The Arby’s Cruisin’ Crew will manage parking for the Super Cruise while the city will manage the overall event.