The Bristol Press – 16th edition of Cruising Newington scheduled for next week


Connecticut Street Legends hosts many charity car shows, so we went to the source to find out what makes Cruising Newington especially special.

Club President Tom Salwocki is looking forward to the 16th edition of Cruising Newington, taking place next Thursday, June 9 from 5-8 p.m. in Market Square, in conjunction with the Newington Chamber of Commerce.

“It’s a city-wide event; they close the street and the whole town comes out,” Salwocki said. “We normally get over 200 cars.”

Newington Police will block off the entire street beginning at 4 or 4:30 p.m., so car owners and spectators can have free rein at the show. Connecticut Street Legends members will be on hand early to direct attendees where to park and collect the $10 entry fee, which will go towards club-supported causes. Admission is free for spectators, who can park in Constitution Square around the corner or along Main Street.

Car owners wishing to park with other participants must arrive together, without exception.

Dash plaques will be awarded to the first 200 finishers and a total of 12 trophies will be awarded by Chamber Members, City Officials and Club Members.

“I hope the weather is good, that’s the key,” Salwocki said.

In the event of rain, Cruising Newington will be rescheduled to the following Thursday, June 16. If it rains that evening, the show will take place on Thursday, June 23.

All makes, models and years are encouraged to participate, from the newest muscle cars to vintage trucks and rarely seen classics. The event is sponsored by Data-Mail and Santoro Inc.

Downtown restaurants and businesses are expected to offer specials that night to celebrate the arrival of summer.

Cruising Newington started in 2006. The reason the 2022 event is the 16th – not the 17th – annual is that the show was turned into a car parade in 2020, due to the covid-19 pandemic.

A parade route was made public, so community members emerged from their homes and businesses to watch around 80 brilliant beauties parade through the city.

Cruising Newington returned to its traditional format in 2021. Show Chairman Bob Newbold is excited to reunite again this year with fellow Chamber members and local downtown residents.

“I think people are really looking forward to getting out there and showing off their cars,” Newbold said. “They can’t wait to go out on a nice evening; relax, listen to music and see the cars. It’s a great event for people to see neighbors and friends they haven’t seen for a long time.

He will exhibit his 1950 Plymouth, passed down from his grandfather.

House members plan to meet around 5:30 p.m. that evening in the Edward Jones parking lot at 28 Market Sq.

“It will be a great opportunity to get everyone together in one place,” Newbold said.

Erica Drzewiecki can be reached at [email protected]

Posted in The Bristol Press, General News on Thursday, June 2, 2022 1:33 PM. Updated: Thursday, June 2, 2022 1:35 p.m.
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