SALEM - The 2013 Salem Super Cruise will officially kick off at State Street and Broadway Avenue on Thursday evening June 20, according to Service Safety Director Ken Kenst.
The 8th Annual Super Cruise is scheduled for the weekend of June 20-23 and is in its fourth year under city management.
Traditionally the three-day event has "officially" started at the Dunkin' Donuts restaurant on the east side on Thursday night, but Kenst, who manages the Super Cruise, said while Dunkin' Donuts remains an overall event sponsor, the kickoff cruise held there in the past "is out" for this year.
Kenst said, "Dunkin' Donuts is not going to sponsor a DJ this year" adding that "we'll move him downtown."
Tom Hall agreed, saying, "We already have him booked ..."
That was the biggest change announced during a Super Cruise organizational meeting in city hall Wednesday, attended by 15 people.
Kenst said the website created by Steve Rouse of Salem Area Websites was operating at Salemsupercruise.com and expects it to grow.
Rouse, a graphic designer, donated his expertise for the 2013 Super Cruise and is designing the event T-shirt.
Hall, who co-organizes the Show N' Shine event in the
Timberlanes lot with Sam Sicilia, announced that Warren Bricker of Bricker Automotive in Lisbon is sponsoring the show 'n shine which runs from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Sunday rain or shine.
"We have the trophies," Hall said, adding they are having signs made for the show.
There will be dash plaques to the first 100 people and the participation fee $5.
Bricker Automotive is a NAPA dealership.
Dominic Righetti and his father, Mark, who are working on an autocross event said they have two locations, one is the Salem Walmart where corporate approval is necessary.
Autocrosses are speed, but mostly events of skill, in which drivers race against the clock on a short enclosed course around cones.
Mark Righetti said the Salem Walmart manager was for it but "has to pass it through to corporate."
The two said the Northeast Ohio chapter of the Sports Car Club of America thought it could provide assistance for an autocross.
Mick Orsoz said vendors are lined up and the "contracts are pretty much in ... any not in ... we'll find replacements for."
Ron Waite, who heads the advertising committee, said the flyers should be available in two weeks.
"We're trying to get last minute stragglers," he said and Kenst said "all the flyers will be delivered to city hall ... we lost some sponsors for one reason or another and picked up some new ones. Hopefully we'll be able to keep growing."
Kenst said the Steel Valley Super Nationals, which runs from June 21-23 at Quaker City Motorsports Park, is hosting a Friday night concert featuring Jackyl (10 p.m.) along with "The Huckin Fillbilly's" which opens at 8 p.m.
He said they're expecting 2,000 to 3,000 motorcycles at the concert, noting that Jackyl performed at Sturgis. The second band ends up late and "we'll be shut down," Kenst said.
Sicilia, a Corvette owner, said he attended the Mahoning Valley Corvette Club meeting and invited it to the Super Cruise. He said one member stood up and talked up the Super Cruise "more than I did."
Kenst said they ordered 400 dash plaques for the Super Cruise last year and had 160 leftovers adding that when they find out what's going on they'll order them.
He said they are ordering event hats.
"We'll try it and see if that works out well" and Judy Sicilia said event signs are ordered and asked Kenst if he would speak to the minister of the Faith Chapel Fellowship about parking the day of the Bricker Automotive Show 'N Shine.
Church parking uses a part of the municipal lot for services in the morning and the show 'n shine begins at 11 a.m.
"I will talk to him," Kenst said.
The next meeting is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 28.
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