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Fleetwood Country Cruize-In: Canada’s Largest Outdoor Car Show June 7, 8, & 9, 2013

Sunday, May 26th, 2013

 

 

Fleetwood Country Cruize-In: Canada’s Largest Outdoor Car Show June 7, 8, & 9, 2013

 

 

What a great way to start summer and attend one of the nicest outdoor car shows in this area and the country. It is said that this is Canada’s Largest Outdoor Car Show, the annual Fleetwood Country Cruize-In at the Steve Plunkett estate in London, Ontario. The estate is located at 9282 Elviage Dr. London, Ontario. This year the show will be on June 7, 8, & 9 2013.

The schedule this year’s event is as follows:

- Friday June 7th, there are four legendary artists performing their greatest hits. These are: Paul Revere and the Raiders, Mary Wilson of the Supremes, The Association, and Mitch Ryder. Tickets are $59.
- Saturday June 8th, the car show opens at 7am and runs till 5pm
- Saturday evening June 9th, there will be a dinner show with Bobby Vinton performing songs such as Roses Are Red, Blue Velvet, Melody of Love, and Mr. Lonely. Doors open a 6pm and tickets will be $89.
- Sunday June 9th, the car show continues from 7am till 4pm.
- General admission is $10 per person and all proceeds will be donated to charity.

Once again the Amphicar group, or floating motor boat cars as I call them, will be in and out of the ponds located on Steve’s golf course.

The car show itself has had well over3000 cars on display, with celebrity appearances by George Barris the “King of Kustomizers”, and American Graffiti stars, Bo Hopkins and Candy Clark, Gene Winfield legendary American Customizer, and “Miss Hurst” Linda Vaughn .

Steve Plunkett will also have is personal collection of cars on display for the public to view in two very nicely finished museums.

The poster for this outstanding car show can be found at:

http://www.fleetwoodcountrycruizein.com/

Fortunately the weather has co-operated for each of the years I have attended. There have been some dicey moments in past years including last year but the skies and Mother Nature always came through for this charity event. Hopefully the same will be true for this year’s event.

As always, there will be many unique custom cars and unique vehicles of every size and description on display. Last year George Barris have the Green Hornet on display for all to see as everyone entered the estate of Steve Plunkett. Who knows what exciting vehicles will be on display this year?

Below are several photos I from the show last year.

2012 Fleetwood Country Cruize-In
2012 Fleetwood Country Cruize-In
2012 Fleetwood Country Cruize-In
Below is a short slide show of the 2012 Fleetwood Country Cruize-In. Just click on an image to make it larger and then click on the arrows at the bottom left or right of the image to advance to the next image. To close the viewer, just click anywhere on the image.

Just click on an image to make it larger and then click on the arrows at the bottom left or right of the image to advance to the next image. To close the viewer; just click anywhere on the image.

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Summer Custom Car Cruises – Fleetwood Country Cruise In 2010

Monday, May 3rd, 2010


Canada’s Largest Outdoor Car Show – Fleetwood Country Cruise In 2010

 Car building distractions continue!!

This past week was an interesting one for me and very pertinent to the subject of how life tends to get in the way of things we really want to do. Life is too short to do things that are not constructive and positive, especially when we have a choice.  On Monday I resigned my position as a Program Coordinator of the Electrical / Electronic Engineering Technology program at the local College I work at.  I love my work and I love teaching the students. The administrative side might be attractive to some people but if I had to attend one more “busy” meeting I was going to start sending paper airplanes around the room and running with scissors.  I am going to focus on teaching and some other projects at work and hopefully have some time left over for the fun stuff.  Once I submitted the resignation, boy, did I feel good!   

Most of us still need the day job to pay for the mortgage, bills, and provide a budget for projects.  It is a fine balance between everything we need to do and the things we need to do to keep ourselves sane.  So for now there might be a bit of opening for some things that I have not been able to do for a while.  Wish me luck.

 Summer fun – Custom Car Cruises and Car Shows – The Fleetwood Country Cruise In 2010

Summer car shows and cruises are a great way to relax, kick back, and enjoy the summer and life in general.  Many of these shows can be a great resource of ideas for your own project.  Not only that, you can talk to other car builders and the idea pool can develop. 

I live about 20minutes from the location of Canada’s largest outdoor car show.  The Fleetwood Country Cruise In located at the Steve Plunkett estate in London Ontario has grown over the years.  More information can be obtained at the following link:  http://www.fleetwoodcountrycruizein.com/  .  This year, the event will be on June 4th and 5th.

For the past several years, except for last year, I have had the good fortune to be able to attend.  The cars in the show are parked in and around Steve Plunkett’s home and personal golf course.  All of the money raised at the event is donated to a variety of charities.  In June of 2008 I attended and was able to get a few good pictures of the Batcopter and Batmobile from the 1960’s weekly TV series Batman.  The Batcopter flew in with the original Batman, Adam West and Catwoman Julie Newmar.  Every year the car show has a different theme.  This year it will be an American Griffiti theme.  

Fleetwood Country Cruise In - The original batcopter coming in for a landing at the Steve Plunkett estate in June of 2008

Fleetwood Country Cruise In - The original batcopter coming in for a landing at the Steve Plunkett estate in June of 2008

Fleetwood Country Cruise In - The original batcopter has landed with the orignal Batman and Catwoman inside.

Fleetwood Country Cruise In - The original batcopter has landed with the orignal Batman and Catwoman inside.

Fleetwood Country Cruise In - George Barris meeting Batman and Catwoman.  This was at the June 2008 cruise in.

Fleetwood Country Cruise In - George Barris meeting Batman and Catwoman. This was at the June 2008 cruise in.

Fleetwood Country Cruise In - George Barris and the original Batwoman, Julie Newmar.  Adam West was on the other side of the  Batcopter.

Fleetwood Country Cruise In - George Barris and the original Batwoman, Julie Newmar. Adam West was on the other side of the Batcopter.

Fleetwood Country Cruise In - The original Batcopter (View 1) in fully restored condition at the June 2008 Cruise In

Fleetwood Country Cruise In - The original Batcopter (View 1) in fully restored condition at the June 2008 Cruise In

Fleetwood Country Cruise In - The original Batcopter (View 2) in fully restored condition at the June 2008 Cruise In.  During show, people could take a ride in the Batcopter.

Fleetwood Country Cruise In - The original Batcopter (View 2) in fully restored condition at the June 2008 Cruise In. During show, people could take a ride in the Batcopter.

 Celebrities like custom car builder Geroge Barris attend the event yearly.  I can remember when I was very young, probably around 10 years old, in the mid 1960’s, my father brought me to an Autorama show in the arena located in  Sudbury Ontario.  One of the main attractions at this show was the Batmobile, and several other movie star cars.  As a kid, I was in my glory.  For me, to see this rather nostalgic vehicle at the Fleetwood Country Cruise In, brought back many memories of my father from a time long ago. 

George Barris at the Fleetwood Country Cruise In 2008 - Summer car cruises can be lots of fun with the possiblitiy of running into all kinds of people.  This cruise in is absolutlely amazing.

George Barris at the Fleetwood Country Cruise In 2008 - Summer car cruises can be lots of fun with the possiblitiy of running into all kinds of people. This cruise in is absolutlely amazing.

The attraction to cars started very early in my life, and still continues today.  I grew up during the 1960’s and 70’s during the time and growing popularity of the big three, GM, Ford, and Chrysler/Dodge/Plymouth muscle cars,   I’m not sure why, some would say the car attraction is in your blood or DNA.   I can remember when I was in high school I would machine carburetor adapters and match them to bigger carburetors on one of my fathers Volkswagen Beetles.   At the time, I even learned how to tune the exhaust on the old VW beetle and build my own simple timing lights.  I was lucky to have a father that allowed tinkering with anything he had. 

Fleetwood Country Cruise In - The original Batmobile at the June 2008 Cruise In.  I saw this in the mid 1960's with my father at an Autorama Show in Sudbury Ontario.  At that time, they would even start it up in the arena.

Fleetwood Country Cruise In - The original Batmobile at the June 2008 Cruise In. I saw this in the mid 1960's with my father at an Autorama Show in Sudbury Ontario. At that time, they would even start it up in the arena.

Fleetwood Country Cruise In - The original Batmobile - Interior View - at the June 2008 Cruise In.

Fleetwood Country Cruise In - The original Batmobile - Interior View - at the June 2008 Cruise In.

Fleetwood Country Cruise In - The original Batmobile - Rear View of rocket launchers - at the June 2008 Cruise In.   A guitar is sitting on the rear of the car and not exactly sure why!

Fleetwood Country Cruise In - The original Batmobile - Rear View of rocket launchers - at the June 2008 Cruise In. A guitar is sitting on the rear of the car and not exactly sure why!

Fleetwood Country Cruise In - The original Batmobile - George Barris is in the background.

Fleetwood Country Cruise In - The original Batmobile - George Barris is in the background.

Fleetwood Country Cruise In - The original Batmobile - crowds of people around George Barris.  Later on in the show, people could line up and for a fee have a picture taken with George Barris.

Fleetwood Country Cruise In - The original Batmobile - crowds of people around George Barris. Later on in the show, people could line up and for a fee have a picture taken with George Barris.

Fleetwood Country Cruise In - The original Batmobile - view of the dash board.  Check out the compass.  No GPS in the 1960's, just a good old fashioned compass and a map.  How many young people even know how to use a map or compass now?  Simple skills are slowly being lost to technology.

Fleetwood Country Cruise In - The original Batmobile - view of the dash board. Check out the compass. No GPS in the 1960's, just a good old fashioned compass and a map. How many young people even know how to use a map or compass now? Simple skills are slowly being lost to technology.

    

Last year, I intended to bring my Corvette convertible with its custom paint job to the Fleetwood Country Cruise In, but I needed to stay home with my wife’s parents who decided to come and visit with us.  It would be bad etiquette to leave them alone while my wife was at work to go and see a car show.  There is always next years show, and guess what, it is only about a month away.

 

Every year the Fleetwood Country Cruise In car show keeps getting larger and more popular.  Not only that, each year you get to see some unique and very rare vehicles.  The weather is always incredible and cooperates.  It’s a full day event and for those that are interested in the evening entertainment, there is always some thing good from days gone by.  The event starts Friday night and ends Saturday night will have great music, food, and this year an American Griffiti drive-in movie.  Music will be by Brad Rose & Spirit, the Jim Chapman Band, Lou Christie & Brooklyn Bridge.

In past years at the Steve Plunkett estate there was also a weekly cruise every Thursday night, weather permitting. Often, I would often attend depending on what was going on at home.  Many of the local car builders and owners  attend along with a few out of town builders / owners.  It is always an interesting social event and it was just nice to walk around the golf course and ponds just to relax and unwind at bit.  Hopefully it will continue again this year.

The weather here is starting to be warm and sunny.  Hopefully it will continue for the summer months.  Now I need to get the engine back in my Corvette convertible and continue with the build of the 1929 Ford Roadster Hot Rod.  Of course I will need to fit this all in with a few more renovations on the old Victorian house we live in.  Busy is good, who has time to sit around and watch TV?  I like a few outside car shows through out the summer.  It is a great excuse to get out in the Corvette convertible and go for a nice ride with the top down.  Just maybe I might have the 1929 Ford Roadster Hot Rod completed enough for a test drive.

Things to start watching for on 1929fordhotrod.com

I am hoping to have the plans ready to sell for the chassis I designed and developed for the 1929 Ford Roadster Hot Rod using the C4 Corvette suspension components.  The goal will be to have these completed for sometime in June or July this summer.  Another plan is to create a series of how to videos related to custom car building.  The videos will include everything from using the Mig welder, plasma cutter, to making brackets, and hot rod wiring.  The intention is to share my knowledge and abilities so the craft and hobby will continue to grow.  I find one of the greatest rewards in life is to build something to use or enjoy.

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