Cruise attracts a crowd



Staff Writer

SALEM — A sea of people covered downtown for the Salem Super Cruise Saturday night, with people of all ages flocking to see the cruisers traveling up and down State Street, eat the variety of fair food available, and listen to the music.

For people who love cars, truck, cycles and the cruise, the revving of engines was no doubt music to their ears. For city Service/Safety Director Ken Kenst, the weather was simply perfect.

“Everybody seems to be having a great time, no major problems,” he said.

From left, Jim Kistler talks about his 1964 Studebaker Avanti to East Liverpool residents Will Hoyt, Pete Lovejoy and Jamie Lovejoy during the Salem Super Cruise. The Ohio Region Studebaker Drivers Club displayed a lineup of Studebakers on South Lundy on Saturday. (Salem News photo by Mary Ann Greier)

When he said everybody, he meant everybody, from the vendors to the cruisers to the crowds — all great.

Crowds were plentiful morning, noon and night on Saturday. He said there were a lot of car owners who showed up bright and early for the WKBN Car Care Show with their shined-up show vehicles. The Garden Tractor Pull put on by the Winona Buckeye Pullers also had a

crowd and the Ohio Region Studebaker Drivers Club displayed at least a dozen Studebakers, including a station wagon and a truck, during its first visit to the Salem Super Cruise.

Streetsboro resident Ted Hurd, who serves as president of the club, said the vehicle maker actually pre-dated cars and started in 1852.

“It’s the only company that started from conestoga wagons to motorized vehicles and made it,” he said.

Production stopped in 1966. According to Hurd, the last two years the company operated in Canada after shutting down the plant in South Bend, Indiana. The company made a full line of vehicles, including passenger cars, station wagons, trucks, sports cars and convertibles.

“We enjoy seeing them all,” he said.

The oldest surviving Studebaker that he knows of is from the late 1920’s, owned by a gentleman in Aurora. Their club has 200 members and the national group has 1,200. The National Studebaker Drivers Club is planning a meeting in Mansfield this year.

Today is the final day of the Salem Super Cruise, with the Show & Shine Car Show the main attraction in the Pershing Street show lot starting at 11 a.m. and ending later this afternoon. Organizers from the Cruisin’ Crew and Mayor John Berlin will hand out 30 trophies, dash plaques, door prizes and raffle basket prizes. Anyone who hasn’t purchased tickets yet still have a chance to get in on the 50/50 raffle and the raffle for a 1/4 Black Angus beef sponsored by Borza Meets in Lisbon. Today will be the last chance for cruise T-shirts and hats, too.

Six food pantries in the county will benefit from the raffles, shirt and hat sales and the Big Helping signature board from the Big Idaho Potato Truck. Besides being a fun time, the cruise is a way to raise money for these agencies who help people in need put food on the table for their families all year long. The charities include St. Patrick Church food pantry in Leetonia, the Salem Community Pantry, the Salem Salvation Army, Oasis Food Ministry/Columbiana Food Pantry, Lisbon United Methodist Church Pantry and the Four C’s Food Pantry in New Waterford.

To keep tabs on the Salem Super Cruise, visit the website at www.salemsupercruise.com or the Salem Super Cruise Facebook page. Check out all the photo galleries in the Salem News at www.salemnews.net.