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September 19, 2012

September Somernites to be filmed for TV show

Somerset —  

Philosophers and clergy have long talked about the human need to be a part of something bigger than oneself. It’s doubtful they had it in mind, but perhaps the Power Cruise fits the bill.
Running with the pack is one of the large appeals of the annual Somernites Cruise event. Usually held in July, the oppressive summer sun inspired Cruise organizers to pull a schedule switcheroo and move the Power Cruise — which features cars rolling into Somerset from six different directions — to September this weekend.
“A lot of ... older cars respond better to cooler temperatures,” said Mark Hansford, Somernites Cruse Vice President. “When you don’t have air conditioning, it’s a big difference between 75 degrees (outside) and 95 degrees.”
Cars will be coming into Somerset Saturday at the same time from the cities of Cincinnati, Louisville, Bowling Green (Ky.), Nashville, Pikeville and Chattanooga.
Most locations will offer Friday night events for car owners, according to the Cruise Team; Somernites representatives will also be on hand at those events to answer questions about the Power Cruise. Car owners will then gather at pre-determined rally points on Saturday morning for a brief organizational meeting before hitting the road for the main event.
“The Power Cruise allows car owners to get out and drive their vehicle (with) a group mentality,” said Hansford. “They just enjoy being in the car, and being with people who have similar interests. It’s just being a part of something bigger. If you’re coming in from Cincinnati, you know there’s five other legs coming in at the same time as part of a bigger event.”
Speaking of “big,” that’s a good way to describe the Speed Channel’s “My Classic Car.” Host Dennis Gage — known for his handlebar mustache — will be coming to Somerset for this weekend’s Somernites Cruise to film a segment for the hit TV show, watched by a million viewers every week.

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