Among some of the other highlights coming up later this Cruise season:
• “Big Daddy” Don Garlits and his Swamp Rat dragster drop by in May to sign autographs and fire things up with members of the Kentucky Motorsports Hall of Fame;
• “Mayberry Memories” in June, a tribute to TV’s beloved “Andy Griffith Show”;
• A celebration of the 40th anniversary of the hit George Lucas film “American Graffiti” in July with a special outdoor screening; said Cruise Team President Keith Floyd, “ “If you’re a fan of the film, Somernites is definitely the place to be to celebrate the 40th anniversary”;
• The annual favorite “Power Cruise” in September.
Themes for the seventh-moth Cruise series include:
• April: Hotrod Haulers (classic & custom trucks);
• May: Mopar Mania;
• June: Corvette Summer;
• July: Camaros & Firebirds;
• August: Mustang Alley;
• September: Power Cruise, sponsored by Holley Performance;
• October: Tri-Five Chevys and Streetrod Gathering.
Hansford urges people cruising on U.S. 27 to go the whole way this season. He noted that folks often just went from the intersection of U.S. 27 and Ky. 80 up to near the Grand Central Place shopping center and turned around, but the rest of U.S. 27 — both north and south — deserves more cruising attention.
“From stoplights 1 to 25,” he said, “we encourage you to use them all.”
The unique lasting power of Somernites Cruise isn’t hard to figure out for Hansford; it’s a simple concept that appeals to a wide range of people and helps keep this community thriving.
“We’ve stayed with the original idea for 13 years, that it should be free and family-oriented,” he said. “We get a lot of folks from out of town. We don’t want them to spend their money at the entrance gate. We want them to go visit a restaurant in Somerset, visit our stores and spend money there.”