Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano has announced the record-breaking success of the 3rd Annual County Executive’s “Cruise to the Show,” which was held on Sunday, September 30, 2012. More than 1,000 vehicles of all makes, models, and years were registered for the show, with participants coming from as far as New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts and upstate New York. Long Island’s own Eddie Money closed out the day with a performance at Eisenhower Park’s Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre.
“I am thrilled at the success of the 2012 Cruise to Show. We had an unprecedented number of participants this year, with thousands of people coming out to enjoy the parade and show at Eisenhower Park,” said County Executive Mangano. “Not only did everyone get to enjoy a great day of classic cars, music, and entertainment, but over the course of the weekend our local economy was given a boost by the thousands of people who visited our local restaurants and stayed in hotels around the area. I look forward to making next year’s Cruise to the Show even better.”
Moke McGowan, President of the Long Island Convention & Visitors Bureau and Sports Commission, added, “It’s obvious that major top-line events like Cruise to Show not only significantly drive our tourism economy but provides the opportunity to showcase many of our Nassau County’s and Long Island’s diverse tourism assets and experiences while generating business in the all-important shoulder seasons.”
The 2012 Cruise to the Show featured displays by the Nassau County Firefighters Museum, the Cradle of Aviation and the Long Island Children’s Museum, as well as food and entertainment for the entire family. Vehicles from all segments of motorsports on display including Hot Rods, Tuners, Race Cars, Show Cars, Exotic Cars and Rat Rods. Numerous trophies were awarded to winners from different categories, including The County Executive Cup (The Best in Show), The First Lady’s Trophy, Car Show Committee Favorite, Diamond in the Rough and Best Rat Rod.
In addition, an entire armored column from the American Airpower Museum and the Kadish Museum of American Armor also rolled into Eisenhower Park. Among the types of vehicles was an M8 greyhound armored car similar to those that liberated the Nazi concentration camps. The event also included an autograph session with the legendary George Barris – the original “King of Kustomizers,” more than 70 vendors from both the automotive and other industries, special appearances by the cast of Carfellas, four NHRA Pro Mod Teams and Neil Tjin and The Tjin Edition Road Show. The Carfellas cast hosted a charity auction, which raised more than $2,000 for the Winthrop Cancer Center for Kids, and the Long Island Limousine Association also collected close to 2,000 pounds of food to support the Island Harvest Food Bank.
Cruise to the Show sponsors included WBAB 102.3, Cancer Center for Kids at Winthrop Hospital, Island Harvest, Levittown Ford, Movin’ On Sounds and Security, Geico, Parts Authority, Auto Mat and Westbury Jeep.