Pamplin Media Group – Milwaukie Cruise-In to Benefit High School Marching Band

39th Annual Family Event on August 6th is all about community and having fun

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to start your engines and drive to the Milwaukie Bowl for the 39th Annual Milwaukie Cruise on August 6 to benefit the Milwaukie High School Marching Band.PHOTO COURTESY: PDX CAR CULTURE - Organizers direct the owner of a 1957 Chevy Bel Air to the Milwaukie Cruise-In in 2015.

Co-organizers Todd Freeman and David Husted have been involved with the cruise since it began 39 years ago.

“For the first three years it was in the parking lot of Mike’s Drive-In, but by the fifth year it grew so big that we moved it across the street to the Milwaukie Bowl,” said Freeman, who has operated Mike’s for 46 years.

“The community embraced him and he became very popular,” Husted said.

Both men said they know what needs to be done to put on the event, and somehow it runs itself.

After participants leave their cars, many bring folding chairs and sit next to their cars to answer questions. The show opens to the public at 3 pm and members of the MHS Marching Band help park cars, Husted said.

There’s a beer garden, a disc jockey from 3 to 6 pm and then a live band from 6 to 10 pm, Freeman noted.

There are no restrictions on what types of cars can enter the cruise.

“Everyone gets a dash plaque; there’s a 15-20 minute awards ceremony and a best of show trophy,” Husted said, adding that the judges are employees of Mike’s and Milwaukie Bowl along with some members of car clubs. .

favorite cars

“We see a lot of the same cars, including muscle cars from the late 1960s, all the way up to cars from the 1920s and 1930s,” Husted said.

His favorite car is a 1963 Corvette with a split window.

Freeman said he had a classic car for 10 years, but it needed too much maintenance; he now regrets getting rid of that 1968 white Camaro with red interior.

His favorite cars are Camaro muscle cars from the 1960s and 1970s, he added.

People should come to this family event, Freeman said, because “it’s fun and there’s something for everyone.”

The Milwaukie Cruise-In is “good for the community and a lot of people are looking forward to it,” Husted said.

He added: “It’s about the community having fun.”

39th Annual Milwaukie Gateway Cruise

When: Show car drop off is at 8:30am and the event is open to the public from 3-10pm

Where: Milwaukie Bowl, 3056 SE Harrison St.

Details: There is a $15 registration fee to be paid upon delivery. The event benefits the Milwaukie High School Marching Band.

Extras: There’s a beer garden and disc jockey; a live band plays from 6 to 10 pm

For more information, call the Milwaukie Bowl at 503-654-7719.


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