Fleetwood Country Cruize-in
by Festival Nomad Correspondent, Anne Brooks
A Fabulous Car Show
Sunday, June 5th 2011 was a gorgeous day, so I decided to go visit Steve Plunkett’s Fleetwood Country Cruize-in. This was the seventh annual event and it grows each year, this year Plunkett raised over $500,000 for various charities, with over 27,000 spectators and 3,000 cars in attendance. Steve Plunkett has one of the largest car shows in North America. He has activities going on during the day and in the evenings. The evenings are for those who purchase tickets ahead of time. This year on the Friday evening The Beach Boys performed and on the Saturday evening there was a dinner show with 1970’s band Lighthouse.
I attended the Fleetwood Country Cruize-in with my boyfriend. He is a car enthusiast and the proud owner of a WW II Jeep. We spent a couple hours looking at the huge display of different cars. Apparently on the Saturday there were even more cars on display, but believe me, the number of vehicles there on Sunday was pretty impressive. In the past this event has been on the Friday evening and Saturday only, however this year Plunkett added the Sunday as an event day as well. It was amazing to see so many cars, There were a number of amphicars driving through a pond in his yard. There was also a very old hearse that had beautiful wood carvings on the outside and was wood paneled on the inside with a table for the coffin. The gentleman who owns this hearse is a funeral director and has actually used this vehicle for funerals.
Come Next Year...
Steve Plunkett had two of his buildings open to the public, both buildings had Cadillacs in them, we saw at least 50 Cadillacs in these buildings. There are vehicles that Plunkett himself owns and restores. I was amazed at the event, it was the first time I had been and Plunkett has an amazing piece of property, perfect for this event. There were so many vehicles to see, and many people to talk to. I would recommend others to attend this event; I will be attending the Fleetwood Country Cruize-in again, perhaps next year we will take the WW II Jeep and put it on display!