Ole Brook Cruisers car show rolling in Saturday

Published 7:34 pm Friday, March 4, 2011

For Lincoln County’s car enthusiasts, it’s time to go totown.

The Ole Brook Cruisers car club will host its annual Goin’ to TownCar Show Saturday, filling the downtown parking lots in RailroadPark with rods and racers of all makes and models beginning at 9a.m. Saturday. The free event, sponsored by the Brookhaven-LincolnCounty Chamber of Commerce, will feature an expected 100-125classic cars from all over the southeast, with six hours budgetedfor enthusiasts to see the vehicles, swap stories with their ownersand enjoy concessions.

“The die-hard folks will be there,” said Tommy Smith, the show’sorganizers. “Come and look and enjoy the cars, talk to the owners -that’s why they brought them, to talk and show off and share theirhobby with the public.”

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Smith said more than 50 vehicles from Pensacola, Fla., to Texas arealready registered for the event, with more expected to sign up.Any local classic car owners are welcome to bring their vehiclesdowntown Saturday morning and registered at the gate for $15.

Owners who enter a car in the show will vote on their favoritevehicles and a show favorite award will be presented. Other awardsand door prizes will be given away throughout the event, which endsaround 3 p.m.

The Ole Brook Cruisers will donate the show’s profits to a numberof local charities like the Brookhaven Animal Rescue League.

“We’ll see the need and then try to meet it,” Smith said.

The Goin’ to Town Car Show is an annual success with the public,always drawing big crowds. Unfortunately, this weekend the show maydraw big clouds, too.

The Weather Channel is predicting scattered thunderstorms will moveinto Southwest Mississippi on Friday and persist throughout theweekend, with thunderstorms moving across the area Saturday. Thelikelihood of rain is 80 percent.

Of course, that weather is still hours away and could change, saidCliff Brumfield, executive vice president of the chamber.

“Until the raindrops fall, it’s full speed ahead,” he said. “Youknow how the weather is for this area – thunderstorms will beforecast and we’ll have sunshine and clear skies could be forecastand we’ll have rain. We hope people will keep their agenda open forSaturday.”

If the weather will hold off, this year’s car show should be one ofthe biggest, Brumfield said. He hopes local car-lovers will givethe show a chance, rain or shine.

“Cars are an integral part of our economy and one of the biggestproviders of our local sales tax income. This show fits in wellwith the personality of our local economy,” he said.