SALEM - The 9th annual Salem Super Cruise is June 19-22 but actually begins with an unofficial event: a "Back to the 50s" car cruise at Essex I from 5 to 8 p.m. on June 18.
Essex I is located at 3511 Bentley Drive.
Thursday will be the official kickoff Super Cruise at the municipal lot on E. Pershing St. and the Arby's restaurant from 4 to 9 p.m. 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 crusiers 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 E. Third St. in the Salem Regional Medical Center lot and from W. State St. 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 E. Second St. parking lot.
The annual antique car show will be back at Centennial Park from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. "Uptown Saturday Night" will be on the Broadway stage from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. that evening followed by "Manhattan" from 9 to 11 p.m. On Saturday, show car cruising runs from noon until 11 p.m. 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 Mainstrett 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 scca.com/download#solo.
Also on Sunday, there will be the Bricker Automotive NAPA Show 'n Shine at the municipal lot on E. Pershing St. 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. They are also available at the Suburban Market on Newgarden Avenue and at the Arby's Saturday night cruises.
The Arby's Cruisin' Crew will manage parking for the Super Cruise. The city will manage the overall event.