Classic car owners host birthday cruise for kids in Flushing



Drivers in the birthday cruise passing through downtown Flushing Photos by Gary Nickel

Drivers in the birthday cruise passing through downtown Flushing Photos by Gary Nickel

FLUSHING — Many Flushing area children got a cool surprise on Saturday morning when dozens of cool cars drove past their homes as part of a special “birthday cruise.”

The “Get Them Out Cruise,” which featured over 70 classic cars, hot rods, sports cars and motorcycles, started at Flushing High School and continued through Flushing Township via Deland Road to Carpenter Road. The route swung through the northern part of the township along Mt. Morris Road before eventually curving around Seymour Road and tracking into the City of Flushing.

The procession then moved through town along Flushing Road before looping around Elms Road, River Road and Terrace Street and returning to the high school via McKinley Road and Carpenter Road.

All along the route, drivers revved their engines, honked their horns and waved to residents. In return, kids stood out in front of their homes to wave back to the drivers and cheer as each vehicle in the cruise passed by.

 

 

“It was beyond belief to see the expressions on people’s faces in town, plus the little kids,” said Craig Miller, a main organizer of the car cruise. “It put a smile on so many faces.”

Miller, who drove a black 1957 Chevy in the procession, said that plans for the “Get Them Out Cruise” developed a few weeks ago when he began talking with fellow classic car owners about an idea to cruise around Genesee County. Many drivers asked him if they could hold the cruise in Flushing to celebrate kids who have upcoming birthdays.

After posting his idea to several social media sites and a classic car site, Miller gathered names of local kids and the dates of their birthdays to help coordinate a day and a route for the cruise. The community reaction, along with the driver participation, was beyond anything he expected to see.

“With every event cancellation, it doesn’t seem that classic car owners will be able to do anything for the foreseeable future,” he said. “This was a great way for drivers to come together and put on a show for the kids and their families.”

The “Get Them Out Cruise” was also made possible by motorcycle riders with the American Legion Riders Post #57, who helped to run interference on the route.