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September 22, 2012

Beautiful autumn weather, TV exposure make September a big month for Somernites

Somerset —  

What do you get when you combine gorgeous fall weather, a Power Cruise, and a spotlight on Somerset thanks to a visiting popular television show?
You get one of the largest Somernites Cruise events ever. 
“It’s already the second biggest day ever,” said Mark Hansford, Somernites Cruse Vice President, at around 5 p.m. Saturday as the classic cars continued to trickle into downtown Somerset. 
As many as 1,684 cars had been counted by 5:15 p.m. Saturday, but Somernites Cruise team members watched the classic cars roll into downtown Somerset even as the sun began to dip lower in the sky on Saturday evening. 
Saturday’s cruise event comes just short of a 2007 cruise during which team members counted 1,843 cars, according to Hansford. 
The September weather — barely 80 degrees with a brisk wind and low humidity — made Saturday’s event the place to be for spectators.
The autumn weather was also one of the reasons cruise organizers decided to move the annual Power Cruise from July to later in the season. 
This season’s Power Cruise featured cars rolling into Somerset from six different directions —  Cincinnati, Louisville, Bowling Green (Ky.), Nashville, Pikeville and Chattanooga.
“A lot of ... older cars respond better to cooler temperatures,” said Hansford in an earlier interview with the Commonwealth Journal. “When you don’t have air conditioning, it’s a big difference between 75 degrees (outside) and 95 degrees.”
The Speed Channel’s “My Classic Car” and its host Dennis Gage — known for his handlebar mustache — made a stop in Somerset for this weekend’s Somernites Cruise to film a segment for the hit TV show, which is watched by a million viewers every week.
And one vehicle caught Gage’s eye — and everyone else’s who ventured to downtown Somerset for the event. A 1954 Kaiser Darrin, number 353 of only 430 ever made, complete with its pine tint green paint, was the talk of the cruise on Saturday. 

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