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Springfield's Main Street Cruise This Weekend

Tomorrow, thousands of people, some from as far as Central Florida, are expected to flock to Springfield to witness the historic district's second edition of the Main Street Cruise.

Published July 27, 2012 in Weekend Edition      24 Comments    Open printer friendly version of this article Print Article


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The Main Street Cruise was created by John Wells of Low Country Classics and supported by Springfield Area Merchants & Business Association (SAMBA) and Springfield Preservation and Restoration (SPAR).  Low Country Classics is a home building company that specializes in the historic neighborhoods of Jacksonville.  The idea came out of John's memories of his high schools days when Main Street was the place to be and be seen for teenagers in the 1950's and 1960's.  During those decades, he cruised up and down with his buddies and this year he wanted to recreate that feeling. With that in mind, the classic car lover decided to call up all his car club friends to see if they were interested and the rest is history.



Photograph courtesy of Renee Pareneau Photography


Photograph courtesy of Renee Pareneau Photography


Photograph courtesy of Renee Pareneau Photography


Photograph courtesy of Renee Pareneau Photography


Photograph courtesy of Renee Pareneau Photography

The Main Street Cruise is just that - a cruise, not a standard car show, because people are urged to show off their classics by driving them up and down Main Street. Last month's initial cruise attracted nearly 1,000 spectators and over 100 classic cars cruising Main Street between 3rd and 10th Streets.  Businesses, such as City Kidz and Uptown Market, opened for the cruise and were packed throughout the night.  The economic benefits of the cruise were witnessed as far north as the Trout River, where businesses like Joseph's Pizza had unusually busy nights.



Photograph courtesy of Evan Geske


Photograph courtesy of Evan Geske


Photograph courtesy of Evan Geske


Photograph courtesy of Evan Geske

Tomorrow's event is expected to draw as many as 3,000 people and 200 to 250 classic cars.  In addition to the cruise, businesses such as Uptown Market & City Kidz will be open along with various vendors and food trucks lining Main Street.  Two live bands will also be on hand. Grandpas Cough Medicine, a popular modern grassroots band, will play from 5:30pm-7:30pm.  The 77d's, a rockabilly band, will play from 8pm-10pm.  SAMBA and SPAR will have courtesy tables between 3rd and 4th Streets with local information, Springfield items and cold drinks available.

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General Event Information

Where: Main Street, from 3rd to 10th.  The 4th Saturday of every month.

When: 5:30pm-10pm

What: Classic car cruise on Main Street.

Cost: Free

See you there!







24 Comments

John P

July 27, 2012, 09:06:24 AM
http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=266112

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The young and young at heart cruised up and down Main Street last month in their hot rods and classic cars.  The turnout for the first Historic Springfield Main Street cruise was lot bigger than expected.  So big, that organizers are going to make it a monthly event.  "A number of them just didn't believe that it would be that big.  So now everybody is talking about it.  Everybody wants to come. We're actually getting emails and Facebook messages from all over the Southeast," said even organizer John Wells.

It looks like this cruise won't be a one hit wonder.  Cruisers are hitting the Main Street strip again this Saturday night and every fourth Saturday of the month.  "It's a real cruise.  It's not just a car show or parade,.  It's a real cruise where you can get out and drive your cars," says Wells.

Businesses along Main Street are benefiting from the Saturday night crowds and catering to them.  Uptown Market on 4th and Main has comfort food from the 50's & 60's on the menu.  "We have root beer floats, hamburgers, hot dogs, and chili fries. Things that represent what the era was all about," said Uptown partner Eddy Escriba.

The owner of Joseph's Pizza on Main, a local favorite for 50-years, says she saw customers she hadn't seen in years.  "We all are very happy that they started this again.  It brought back some good memories for everybody," said Susie Bateh.

Even Jeff Wells, the owner of a speed shop all the way across town says the cruise is helping his sales.  "Just people coming in and talking about it and doing some extra work on their car. Getting that extra part.  That chrome piece or what have you just to flash it up a little bit."

The cruise is Saturday, July 28 beginning at 5pm and every fourth Saturday of the month on Main Street between 1st and 12th streets.  It's free. Organizers says there will be plenty of food for sale and entertainment including the local bluegrass band "Grandpa's Cough Medicine."



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fieldafm

July 27, 2012, 02:47:16 PM
Growing up, some of my fondest memories were hanging out at Super Shops on Saturday nights.

I have worked restoring cars for most of my adult life.  When I graduated college, I worked for a few magazines in the automotive industry and later was a partner in a company that put on car shows nationwide and a partner in a video production company that made car and skateboard video magazine DVDs.  I talk about unnecessary road building as being a bad thing in this community, and I greatly believe that to be true... but I have always been a car guy at heart ever since my grandfather (who owned a farm in Sebring) took me to the 12 Hours of Sebring when I was 8 years old.  From then on, I was hooked.   

The Main Street Cruise has gotten me fired up about doing something again. 

BTW in addition to places like Uptown, Waffa and Mikes, etc being open.... On The Fly, Mike B's, Super Food Truck and Gourmet Aviator food trucks will all be out b/w 4th and 5th Streets.  Come on out, this will really be a great time.

tufsu1

July 27, 2012, 02:51:17 PM
visit the cruise-in first, then head into downtown for the Core's 3rd Annual Pirate Party!

drhandbook

July 27, 2012, 05:17:12 PM
I just dropped our 1950 English Ford Prefect off at Joe's to be detailed! Cannot wait to cruise tomorrow night!

fieldafm

July 27, 2012, 05:31:50 PM
Those old Prefects were way ahead of their time!  They got something like 35-40 miles per gallon in a day when many of the cars were becoming heavier with longer wheelbases and the cubic displacement of the motors were getting larger.

civil42806

July 27, 2012, 08:09:54 PM
Hope this takes off, cruising the coast here  in the biloxi/gulfport area is a huge event

sheclown

July 28, 2012, 08:59:12 AM
Last month there were so many people on the sidewalks you actually had to say "excuse me" to get by.  On a Saturday night no less.  Main Street.  Springfield. 

Huge.

Miss Fixit

July 28, 2012, 12:14:06 PM
We've been busy this morning - tent is up for the bands (thanks, John and Lorrie Wells!) and space is blocked off for the food trucks in the grass area at the Main Street Car Wash.  Silas Jones and Michael Trautman have been wonderful sponsors of this event - neither is charging anyone for the use of their properties and they have been incredibly accomodating.

Two bands tonight - Grandpa's Cough Medicine from 5:30 to 7:30 and the 77ds from about 8 to 10.  Tres Leches will be at 4th and Main selling delicious items from their menu and helping SAMBA raise money for the bands.

We just learned that Joseph's Pizza, farther down Main but an enthusiastic supporter of the cruise, has pledged 10% of tonight's proceeds to help us pay for the entertainment.  Go eat some pizza, people!

Thanks to everyone for coming out and supporting our local merchants. 

As John Wells,says:  Cruise whatcha got, have fun, and be safe!

sheclown

July 29, 2012, 07:08:14 AM
What an amazing evening.  I don't know when I've had so much fun!

(I mean what is more fun than a little kid on a fire truck?  Me, Faith, Joan and Pat!!!)



The cars, the people, the open merchants (City Kidz soft serve is the BEST), the fried pickles from the food vendors, the bands, the people actually walking the block between 7th and 8th, Dan in a balcony, pretty ladies in classic apparel.

I heard that folks came from as far away as Alabama.

This cruise was nothing short of genius.  John Wells, Chris Parrish, and all who helped them, thank you for the fun, for bring folks in from all over to walk the sidewalks of Main, and especially for filling the neighborhood with joy and laughter.

twojacks

July 29, 2012, 09:16:44 AM
wow, I was quite impressed and did have a bunch of fun.  Had invited a couple of other people from other parts o town to attend with me, but they lost out.  Great event.  The people everywhere gave me a glimpse of what (was) or could be again:)

thelakelander

July 29, 2012, 09:34:53 AM
Here are a few pics from yesterday.  I'm still full from that City Kidz's Turkey burger....

















tufsu1

July 29, 2012, 10:30:15 AM
looks cool...I was there early but only for a short while (got last minute tickets to the Sharks game).

Miss Fixit

July 29, 2012, 03:45:47 PM
It was AWESOME!!! Thanks everyone for coming out to Springfield on a beautiful July night.

We're already working on the next one - August 25th, 6 p.m. until.....??????

More hot cars, more hot bands, great food and all kinds of people hanging out together and having a good time.

MusicMan

July 30, 2012, 08:42:47 PM
I went Saturday night. Very good turnout, at least 1500 people (count the ones in the cars, too).

Needs to start earlier, maybe noon, and let people see the cars in the light of day. Could then go until evening.

Went to Uptown Market (3rd and M<ain). It was busy right up to and then past the official "close" (9 pm).

(I got there at 8:40 pm.)

Eddie made me a "Smashburger" and it was perfect (yes I was hungry).

This could grow into a very successful Springfield event.

P.S. There were some unbelievable cars out there. One guy had the loudest engine I have ever heard.
You could suffer permanent hearing damage if you are not careful around some of these cars.

P.S.S. How about getting a local mechanic/engine shop/parts store to sponsor it?

Miss Fixit

July 30, 2012, 10:05:07 PM
Thanks for the positive feedback, Musicman! This time of year it's awfully hot at noon and there's a lot of light between 6 and 8, so I think we'll stick with evening hours for now - we may reevaluate in the fall. We would LOVE to have a sponsor - we're entertaining thousands of people with virtually NO money right now. Please PM me if you have any contacts to pass on.
We'll be cruising again on August 25th!

Springfielder

July 31, 2012, 09:48:21 AM
I think that starting in the early evening is perfect, at least during the summer months. Of course, if this event is held during the winter months when there's less daylight, it may need to start around 3ish for folks to be able to walk around and see the vehicles on display. Otherwise, it's just great the way it is

Miss Fixit

July 31, 2012, 09:13:06 PM
I think that starting in the early evening is perfect, at least during the summer months. Of course, if this event is held during the winter months when there's less daylight, it may need to start around 3ish for folks to be able to walk around and see the vehicles on display. Otherwise, it's just great the way it is

Thanks, Springfielder!  I sure did enjoy seeing you riding on the firetruck! Next time he shows up I'm going to take a break from working and catch a ride myself.

I agree that we may need to start earlier in the fall and winter.  This is a new event so we'll just have to see what happens.  I'm already working on entertainment for the next couple of months and can confirm that the food trucks will be back on August 25th - On the Fly, Super Food Truck, Gourmet Aviator and Mike Bs have all checked in and they all did well and had a great time!

Mark your calendar for August 25th, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., and please show up hungry.

Timkin

July 31, 2012, 09:14:31 PM
We need to borrow that firetruck/ladder to put the new flag up at A/L, Springfielder ;) .

sheclown

August 04, 2012, 04:57:41 PM
While waiting for the next cruise, eat plenty of pizza from Joseph's:

http://josephsitalian.com/

they bought the music, you buy the pizza!

And when you go in, tell them you are here because they support the cruise.

 

MusicMan

August 04, 2012, 06:48:08 PM
CORPORATE SPONOR:

How about Gate Petroleum?  Didn't old Mayor Peyton often pay lip service to the concept of helping
downtown and Springfield?  This seems like a 'no brainer' to me.

Miss Fixit

August 15, 2012, 11:36:27 AM
Springfield Area Merchants and Business Association will sponsor a raffle at this month's Historic Springfield Main Street Cruise to raise funds for entertainment. We already have several donations including some really amazing items: a night at the beautiful Amore House Bed and Breakfast, a free home inspection, and a gift certificate from Kool Beanz Cafe. We would greatly appreciate any additional donations! Please message us or post here if you can help. Tickets will be sold at 4th and Main on the night of the cruise.  This month's cruise is August 25th, beginning at 6 p.m., on Main Street between 2nd and 12th.  We'll have food trucks, a d.j., vendors, and 100s of gorgeous cars!

sheclown

August 24, 2012, 07:59:05 PM
Springfield Area Merchants and Business Association will sponsor a raffle at this month's Historic Springfield Main Street Cruise to raise funds for entertainment. We already have several donations including some really amazing items: a night at the beautiful Amore House Bed and Breakfast, a free home inspection, and a gift certificate from Kool Beanz Cafe. We would greatly appreciate any additional donations! Please message us or post here if you can help. Tickets will be sold at 4th and Main on the night of the cruise.  This month's cruise is August 25th, beginning at 6 p.m., on Main Street between 2nd and 12th.  We'll have food trucks, a d.j., vendors, and 100s of gorgeous cars!

Tomorrow night!  Can't wait.  So glad that SAMBA is involved with this and ramping it up with entertainment and food.

movedsouth

August 24, 2012, 08:54:22 PM
one of the best things to happen to Springfield (after the dog park ;-) )

sheclown

August 26, 2012, 06:26:37 AM
It is getting bigger every month.  People everywhere.  Its like one big long block party from 1st to 12th.  Hey, those empty lots on Main Street finally found a purpose!!!  Who'd a guessed.
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