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2010 Penquis Cruizers Cruize-In

July 01, 2010 - MILO - By Susan Worcester

Crowd at the 2010 Cruize-In
It was a near perfect day for a drive on Sunday, June 27th,  and that was good news for the organizers of the 21st Annual Cruize-In in Milo. More than 105 cars found their way to the JSI Store Fixtures parking lot to participate in the event co-sponsored again this year by the Penquis Cruizers and the Milo Elementary PTO. While the event always attracts a variety of vehicles from the area, this year people drove from as far away as Mapleton, Peru, and Beddington to attend. While not making the trek to Milo totally on the day of the show, Jeff and Lori Yorke of Pleasant Valley, Nova Scotia, Canada, took in this event, along with other car shows and cruise ins, as they vacationed in the state. The Yorkes were driving their 1929 Essex.
Vehicles participating ranged from the cars of the 20s, including the 1929 Essex, a Model A Ford 2 door, and a 1927 Ford T-Bucket to a 2009 Mustang GT, a 2006 Pontiac GTO, and a 2002 Harley V-Rod. There were antiques, classics, muscle cars, street rods, and street vehicles; there were Chevys, Fords, Mercurys, Pontiacs, Plymouths, Studebakers, Triumphs, BMWs, Dodges, and Volkswagens You could see a RVR and a '34 Nash among the vehicles on display. There were coupes, sedans, convertibles, pickups, motorcycles, and T-buckets. Some were totally restored, some in the process of restoration, and some in their original "state."
While organizers remind participants that this is not a car show - no classes and only one trophy (for the participants' Favorite Cruiser). This year a 1956 Ford Custom Line owned by Ron and Victoria Lane of Pittsfield was selected for that honor. The Longest Distance certificate was given to Jim Burrill who drove 162 miles from his home in Mapleton to come to Milo's event. The Dusters were the Best Appearing Club with 18 members registering vehicles at the Cruize-In.  A certificate was awarded to Ben Wallace for his 1967 Volkswagen which is currently "In Restoration." Wallace has won this award in previous years with different vehicles also in the process of restoration. When asked if he had actually completed any of his restoration projects, he commented, "Only my wife's car."
During the event participants are offered the opportunity to participate in two activities: Back Up Bumper Ball and the Rap Contest.
To win at Back Up Bumper Ball participants must back their vehicle up as close as possible to a post with a tennis ball on top without knocking off the ball. First place went to Dave Barry who was able to back up his 1951 Studebaker to within 1" of the post. Second place went to Steve Geno and third place to Brian Folsom.
During the Rap Contest, participants rev their motors and the decibel level is measured a distance from the tail pipe with a decibel meter. Steve Geno's 1923 Ford T-bucket measured a level of 112 decibels; Daniel Berry placed second with a measure of 106 decibels from his 1977 Dodge pickup. Third place went to Tucker Leathers; 103 decibels in his 1964 Impala SS.
Several National Street Rod Association inspectors were on hand to provide free NSRA inspections to any vehicle participating in the Cruize-In. This inspection is far more stringent than what is required for a vehicle to pass the Maine inspection requirements. The inspectors came from as far as Peru and Beddington to volunteer their time today.
Raffle Winners:
 The Kids' Raffle winners: Alli Green and Bailey Roderick Steering Wheel Clock raffle winner: Larry Laney
50-50 raffle winner:  Bonnie Herbest took home $102.
An auction of new and used car related items, donations from PTO and Penquis Cruizer members and  from area businesses was held at the end of the Cruize-In. Organizers would like to thank Rep. Paul Davis for acting as the auctioneer for the event and those businesses who support the Cruize-In year after year with their generous donations. These include Elaine's Basket Cafe, Salley's Auto Repair, Milo House of Pizza, C&J's Variety, 3 Rivers Feed and Redemption, Ellen DeWitt Real Estate, Harmon's Shell, Milo Farmers' Union, S&L Auto Parts and Bailey Lumber of Milo; Grant's Used Cars, Simple Sacks, and The General Store and More of Brownville; A.E. Robinson Oil Company of Dover-Foxcroft; Ladd Brothers Garage, Sebec; Cat Trax, LaGrange, and Trade Winds and Countryside Restaurant of Corinth.
This is the 21st year that the Cruizers have sponsored the Cruize-In in Milo. It's the 20th year that they have used the parking area at JSI Store Fixtures (formerly the Dexter Shoe Company). The event has grown from about 25 cars at the first show held at the Milo American Legion parking lot to more than 100 vehicles this year. "It's great to see all these vehicles driving up the street to attend the event," says Cruizer president Fred Worcester, "This was our goal from the beginning and it just gets better and better every year."
The organizers thank JSI for allowing them to use the area to hold the event and the Three Rivers Kiwanis for providing refreshments for the day. Music for the day was provided by Neptune Entertainment.

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