Cruise on in





Families and friends gather around their classic cars to reminisce and enjoy the sights and sounds of days gone by.

Families and friends gather around their classic cars to reminisce and enjoy the sights and sounds of days gone by.

FLINT TWP. — One lucky classic car owner will take home the “People’s Choice” Trophy – a snazzy neon-lit replica of the iconic Route 66 highway sign. That and more is on offer at the annual West Flint Community Car Cruise and Family Fun Festival, 4 -8 p.m. Saturday August 2 in the parking lot of West Flint Church of the Nazarene, 2254 S. Dye Road.

The event is free and open to the public. Cars (and bikes) from all eras can be registered at the event or in advance online at www.nexuslife.org/go/ carcruise. About 70 vehicles are expected to be on display for public viewing and voting for the People’s Choice Trophy grand prize winner, said Dawn Ramirez, event spokesperson.

There is no cost to enter a vehicle. Dash plaques will be given to the first 75 entrants and a free commemorative T-Shirt to the first 25 entrants. In past years, about half of cruise entrants were church members and half or more from the community at large, Ramirez said.

Dr. Benjamin Ramirez, a local pediatrician, shows off his ‘65 Thunderbird at a previous West Flint Car Cruise & Family Fun Festival.

Dr. Benjamin Ramirez, a local pediatrician, shows off his ‘65 Thunderbird at a previous West Flint Car Cruise & Family Fun Festival.

The cruise started in 2003 when a group of men in the congregation, who owned classic vehicles, decided it would be fun to have a neighborhood gathering of cars, she said.

Other events were added through the years including a bounce house, dunk tank and food fundraiser.

Hot dogs, cold soft drinks, and ice cream will be sold to benefit the West Flint Nazarene youth group, who are raising funds to attend the July 2015 Youth Conference in Louisville, KY.

Live music by Jerry Mathis and the Cruisers include a line-up of classic cruise songs. Door prizes will be awarded.

West Flint Church of the Nazarene is located about a half mille south of Corunna Road.


This neon-lit trophy awaits the owner of the vehicle receiving the most People’s Choice votes.

This neon-lit trophy awaits the owner of the vehicle receiving the most People’s Choice votes.

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