Bring Your Kids to a Car Show

The Cruise In car show on Saturday nights in Smithtown is a great place to take the kids for some fun.

By Mark T. Freeley, Esq. (Open Post)July 25, 2011 at 4:34pm

Last Saturday evening I loaded up the family car with my son, daughter, nephew and golden retriever and took a ride to the Stop & Shop on Main Street in Smithtown. No, not for food shopping, but for the Saturday Night Cruise In car show. The Cruise In runs May through October 1, from 5pm to 10pm and it's free to attend.

Now, I'm the admitted car nut in the family, I have been ever since I was a kid. I think my interest comes from my dad, who was born with super mechanical powers so that he was able to fix any machine from a young age. Growing up I watched my dad repair our ever changing assortment of used cars: Chevys, Buicks, Datsuns, Toyotas, Fords, we had them all. I was always called upon to sit in the car and pump the pedal to help bleed the brakes, or hand him the required tools to do the repair of the week. This was all done in the family driveway by dad with me at his side. He was a police officer in the city and so paying someone to make a repair was out of the question since the pay back then wasn't anything to brag about. Despite being around for all the repairs, the mechanical wizardry skipped my generation, but I can apply a mean wax.

Anyway, back to the Cruise In. The kids started to get excited as soon as we pulled into the parking lot and they caught their first glimpse of a "cool" car. All three kids quickly got their cameras ready and jumped out of the car as soon as it stopped. I was actually surprised at the level of their excitement as we started to walk alongside the parked cars at the show. There were some truly great rides there, with their owners happy to tell you about their own wheels.

The kids got a chance to see the kind of cars that kids just don't see anymore - no mini-vans or SUVs that's for sure. The show had the classic muscle cars from the 1960s and '70s, including a Corvette Stingray, Dodge Chargers and Challengers, a Roadrunner, GTO, Barracuda, Mustangs, T-Bird and others. There were also two '57 Chevy Belairs with the big fins, as well as a Ford Fairlane. A DeLorean (Back To The Future) joined the show as well as some current Mustangs, Challengers, Vettes and Camaros. I think my kids, who usually don't notice cars, took over a hundred pictures.

I don't own a classic car to bring to the show, but maybe someday when the kids aren't so anxious to hang out with dad at a car show I will pony up for a piece of Americana. The hardest part will be deciding which car to save up for, but I think it has to be a convertible just so I can enjoy the breeze cruising on a warm summer night.

So, one of these Saturday evenings when you find yourself looking for something to do with the family, cruise on over to the Cruise In, it'll put a smile on your face.