Classic Collectors

Classic car enthusiasts cling
to their wheels of yesteryear

By Daphne Wotring
Contributing Writer

Attention car enthusiasts! Did you know there are two very active car clubs in the area?
The Kentucky Kruizers, based in Carrollton, Kentucky, was formed in 1992. The club was the brainchild of Phil Wotring and Gene Kinman. Phil and Gene had met when asked to put on a car show to benefit the Carrollton Rotary Club Scholarship foundation. They started a mailing list, which before long grew to over seventy names. Eventually, they had a meeting and it was determined that there was enough interest to form a club. The rest, as they say is history.

Raymond Ray

Photo provided

Kentucky Kruizers president
Raymond Ray owns several classic cars,
including this 1986 Dodge Shelby.

The Carrollton Club has forty-six members. There are a variety of cars and trucks in the Kruizers, from hot rods to vintage classics.
The Kruizers meet the first Tuesday of every month at 7:00 Kentucky time at the Burger King on Highway 227 in Carrollton. Their cruises are also at Burger King from 6:00 PM until ?, depending on the weather, the third Saturday of each month. Each cruise has a theme, and it is fun to dress up. Some of the themes are Beach Boys Night, American Graffiti Night (50s and 60s) and a Halloween Costume contest coming up October 16. There are also door prizes, 50s and 60s music and a cash drawing.
According to Raymond Ray, the Kentucky Kruizers have been very busy this year, putting on seven car shows in the Carrollton area, such as a car show for the Carroll County High School Band Boosters and the Carroll County High School cheerleaders. Raymond Ray, known to his car show friends as Ray Ray, has also Did for various events, such as the arrival of the Peace Bell, the Christmas Carroll even in December, and a car show in Glencoe, Kentucky. The Kruizers have also helped out with the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, The Haunted Train Ride at General Butler State Park, and the ringing of the bells for the Salvation Army during the Christmas season.
The Kentucky Kruizers car show is Saturday September 18, at Point Park in Carrollton. Proceeds from the show will be used to fund community programs, such as donations to the needy, scholarships and improvements to the community. Registration for the car show is from 9:00 AM until Noon Kentucky time. Trophy presentation is at 4:00 PM. There will be food, drinks, cash drawings and door prizes. Dash Plaques are given out to the first 100 cars. There will also be a DJ playing 50s and 60s music.
Raymond Ray owns a 1986 Dodge Shelby and several other cars. His wife Judy owns a shiny 1959 Ford Thunderbird. Phil Wotring owns a beautiful turquoise 1957 Chevrolet Belair. His wife Mary owns a pretty red 1965 Mustang Convertible.
The Choice Automobiles of Madison (CAM), is based in Madison, Indiana. This club was formed in April of 1994. There are currently fifty-two members in CAM. In the winter, there meetings are held the third Thursday and the first Saturday over every month and in the summer, the third Thursday of every month at Pardners restaurant, located on the hilltop in Madison. Their cruise-ins are the first Saturday of every month from April through October, at Wal-Mart. They begin at 5:00 PM (EST). The cruises are a lot of fun. There is 50s and 60s music, door prizes, trophies, cash drawings, and a Washer Toss Tournament. Each Cruise-In has a theme. In September, there is a poker run. To participate in a poker run, cruisers follow maps to different areas in Madison to pick up a playing card. Whoever has the best hand, at the end, wins a nice dash plaque that says "Best Poker Hand."
Coming up October, is a Halloween Cruise. During the Halloween Cruise, there will be a drawing for a motor, tickets are on sale at various CAM events. There is also an "impromptu" cruise the third Friday of the month called "Friday Night at Frisch's".
CAM's first car show was held on Memorial Day weekend in 1996. Since then they have had many successful car shows. This past year, over three hundred cars, trucks, and bikes participated.
Several members of CAM will have their cars featured in the move "Madison", which will tell the story of the winning of the Regatta by the "Miss Madison" in 1971.
According to Pete Backus, Vice President of CAM, they are a community-minded club, donating funds from car shows to needy people, the Relay for Life, the fireworks during the Regatta, the Madison Jaycees and the Red Cross. Pete Backus currently owns a 1937 Chevrolet Coupe, which he is restoring.

• For more information on the Kentucky Kruizers you can call Raymond Ray at (606) 567-4813.
• For more information on CAM you can call Pete Backus at (812) 265-6773 or the hotline at (812) 265-3620 ext. 4004.
• Upcoming events: Kentucky Kruizers car show Saturday September 18 at Point Park.
Registration is from 9:00PM until Noon (Kentucky time). Cruise at Burger King Saturday September 18 following the car show.
CAM ñ Cruise-In Saturday September4 5:00 until dark (slow time) at Wal-Mart
Halloween Night Saturday October 2

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