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May 23, 2013

Legendary 'Big Daddy' Garlits to visit Cruise


Somerset —

“One thing that always sets the Mopar Mania showcase apart is that Don Marshall really runs with it,” said Hansford of the local dealership’s pre-Show and Shine Saturday function. “For the last seven years, they’ve done this. They’re so involved, it keeps people interested.
We always have a good turnout for (Mopar Mania) going back to the first year,” he added. “If you own a Dodge or Chrysler, you get excited about May because you know you’ll essentially have two shows for one.”
Somernites Cruise weekend events begin today  with the Early Bird “Meet & Greet” today at noon at Danny’s Rod Shop on North U.S. 27. 
At 6 p.m tonight, the Rock & Roll Block Party (sponsored by Walmart) begins in downtown Somerset. The Double Nickel Band will be providing live music; “They’re always pretty popular,” said Hansford.
The Saturday Morning Fun Run will go to Cumberland Falls, departing from the South Hardee’s location on U.S. 27. And after the “Show and Shine,” the second Cruise-a-Palooza — a new event this year — will be held at the Somerset Mall.
Hansford said the Cruise-a-Palooza is themed “Get Mooned at the Somerset Mall,” tying in with the full moon in the sky that evening and providing free baby Moon Pies to visitors along with other fun events.
Garlits isn’t the only drag racing presence at this month’s Cruise. Hansford said that members of the Kentucky Motorsports Hall of Fame will be on hand Saturday, with a collection of class drag cars to show off. Drag racing aficionado Jim Barillaro will bring a classic dragster as well.
“We’ll fire all the cars up at one — it’s called a cackle-fest,” said Hansford. “It’s called that because of the type of sound the exhaust makes. It’s pretty loud. It was very exciting the last time we did it. ‘Big Daddy’ is here, so we’ll do it again.”

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