Car enthusiasts will line the streets of Downtown Allentown this coming Saturday, September 15 from 2:30pm – 6:30pm in the inaugural Classics & Cruisers on Hamilton event. The show had originally been scheduled for July, but was postponed due to rain.
“Classics & Cruisers on Hamilton” will re-live the days when Hamilton Street in Allentown was the hub of gathering to park and show off your vehicle. People came to Allentown from all over to gather along Hamilton Street to enjoy camaraderie and a mutual interest in cars.
The event is presented by the City of Allentown Department of Parks & Recreation, Allentown Police, America On Wheels Museum, Friends of the Allentown Parks and the Hamilton District Main Street Program.
Hamilton Street will be lined with classic and muscle cars of many makes, models, and time periods, and will be closed from 6th Street to 9th Street.
The car show will directly benefit two Allentown-based non-profits: America On Wheels Museum and Friends of the Allentown Parks.
“America On Wheels Museum is fueling-up with excitement to be a part of the team that brings cruising to Allentown. We take great pride in entertaining and educating the public on the unique vehicles that will attend this event,” says Linda Merkel, Executive Director of America On Wheels Museum. “We couldn’t think of a better place than downtown Allentown, Hamilton Street, with many wonderful restaurants.”
“This is an exciting event which showcases the rejuvenation of Allentown’s downtown area, bringing tourists to our many fine restaurants and, of course, to relax and enjoy Allentown’s wonderful parks,” stated Karen El-Chaar, Executive Director with Friends of the Allentown Parks.
More than 110 cars are registered for the event. Registration is $25.00 per vehicle, and can be done at https://fotap.wordpress.com/2016-great-events/classics-cruisers-on-hamilton/.
Two bands will provide entertainment during the event: Late Knight Cruisers and Lucky 7 at the city’s band trailer stage located at Seventh & Hamilton streets.
Awards will be given to the top 25 vehicles as well as five specialty awards: Mayor’s Choice, Hamilton District Choice, America On Wheels Choice, Chief’s Choice and Friends of the Allentown Parks’ Pick.
Alcohol sales will be available at Seventh & Hamilton streets, and food is available for sale in the downtown restaurants. Favorites, like Queen City BBQ and The Hamilton Kitchen, as well as the new Tacos y Tequila restaurant, will also conduct food sales out on the sidewalk.
Beginning at 6:15pm, cars will stage for a cruise to The Ritz, located at the Allentown Fairgrounds. Cars will be escorted by the Allentown Police Department.
For more information, please visit www.cruisingintoallentown.org or www.facebook.com/cruisinghamilton.