2013-09-05 / Local & State

Motorsports Cruise-In This Sunday

Something for all ages at area’s first-ever event
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz


Having spent quality time with her family at the track watching her grandchildren compete, Amanda Daniels knows firsthand racing is no longer just an activity for adults. With that in mind, Daniels put her organizational skills to work for McConnellsburg Alumni and Friends to create the area’s first-ever Motorsports Cruise-In.

A volunteer for the Alumni and Friends, Daniels said she has been working diligently on this special event for four months. Her hard work will pay off this Sunday afternoon when the old school cruise-in gets under way at the former McConnellsburg High School.

According to Daniels, the organization is always trying to find new and innovative ways to support the upkeep and maintenance of the old school building located at 151 East Cherry Street in Mc- Connellsburg Borough. Everything from electricity to a new heating system requires money, Daniels said.

“I told the group people here love racing. Even kids love it,” she said, citing the large number of tracks in the surrounding area that residents flock to to be a part of the action or simply to watch. “It’s not just for grown-ups anymore.”

Fellow volunteers have gone “wild over” the idea, and the business community has stepped up to offer overwhelming support, likely due to the event having widespread appeal to residents of all ages as well as race afficionados.

At noon on September 8, registration will be opened to individuals having motorcycles, go-karts, street bikes, muscle cars, trucks, race cars, racing mowers, dirt bikes, four-wheelers, derby cars and even children’s bicycles. Registration is free, and each participant is slated to receive an award. A People’s Choice award will also be bestowed in each of the show’s 11 categories. Winners will be selected through donation boxes placed by each entry.

Daniels said the cruise-in will officially begin at 2 p.m. with awards given out by 6 p.m.

In addition to the cruise-in aspect of the show, Jazzie Jeff DJ Services has volunteered musical services to the event. Meanwhile, professional motorsports photographer Shaun Lawrence of WRT SpeedWerx will be on-hand to take pictures available for purchase of each of Sunday’s cruisein entries as well as to present a racing slide show of various types of racing.

Officials from the Pennsylvania State Police barracks in Mc- Connellsburg will be available to answer questions and offer safety tips to those in attendance.

Rain or shine, the cruise-in will also feature an indoor flea market and yard sale, Daniels said. From riding apparel and gear to go-kart parts, racing enthusiasts will not have any difficulty finding something extra to take home to remember the 2013 event. Even kids will enjoy a display of antiques, collectibles and new toys for purchase from The Toy Box, Daniels noted.

Perhaps the “big kicker” for the event will be an operational train display on the old stage by the Cumberland Valley Rail Road Club. Trains and train memorabilia will be for sale, and visitors will have a chance to win a train display of their own, she said.

“This is the first-time people have ever heard of doing a motorsports cruise-in ... There’s going to be so much to see and do,” stated Daniels.

Even though organizers do not anticipate bringing in much money this first year due to income stemming solely from People’s Choice donations and food sales, Daniels remains hopeful that the cruise-in will draw significant interest to turn it into an ongoing event.

“It will be so much fun. We want to include something for everyone because racing just isn’t for adults anymore,” she said.

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