A relatively new car show is on the scenes in West Michigan. The southern end of Grand Rapids is now home to the 28th Street Metro Cruise for a weekend every August. This two day, show stopping event began in 2005 when the local chamber of commerce devised the Cruise to boost business in the area. This is no small affair, with thousands of vehicles of all ages, makes, and models on display every year. Around a quarter of a million people come from all over Michigan and out of state to check out the motor event of the Midwest. There’s plenty of free parking, so bring your classic, antique or just your family to participate in this rapidly – growing throw down.
Free for All!
The 28th Street Metro Cruise is an open event for participants and spectators alike. There is no admission fee because it is sponsored by local businesses and staffed by generous volunteers. The event brings in so much money for local businesses like hotels, eateries and other shops that it is a worthwhile investment on their part. Some of the proceeds of contests and tournaments also go to charities and non-profit organizations.
There is no fee for proudly displaying your car either. And there are no restrictions on the type of vehicle you can display. There’s everything from muscle cars to ancient antiques to spruced up modern cars, classics and even motorcycles.
Classic Swap Meet Action
One of the few happenings at the Cruise that asks you to cough up a little money, the Swap Meet and Car Corral, allows would-be merchants to purchase a 10′ by 20′ plot for $20 to sell car-related items. Generally, people hawk used or new parts and accessories, but some people go the extra mile and drive a full car into their little section of the swap meet. Both high-end and bargain vehicles are bought and sold this way over the weekend. Some are antiques and classics, but you can also find a used Chevy in Grand Rapids.
You won’t be disappointed with the 28th Street Metro Cruise. There’s fun for everyone and just plain old meandering around looking at tricked out cars. You might even get a glimpse of the Cruise’s famous Car-Toon Truck, a 1928 Roadster Pickup with 2,800 hours’ worth of airbrushed and stylized comics from past decades covering its antique body.
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Jake Alexander is a free lance writer who secializes in cars and automobiles. Follow him @JakeAlexander17.