The 2016 edition of the Fleetwood Country Cruize In got off to a strong start Saturday, with thousands of vintage vehicles, street rods, true classics, and an incredible mix of customs rolling through the gates of the Steve Plunkett Estate.
"We've created another monster show" beamed the Cadillac of Car Show Hosts Steve Plunkett as the cars were arriving in the morning.
Indeed the show remains the largest outdoor car event in Canada. The event has changed in the past couple of years. The Vegas style concerts featuring retro acts are gone, but the backbone of the show - the cars - remains.
There were many vehicles never before seen at the show on display on the show field. In addition Chuck Miller's 1/4 size show cars called "Zingers" from the 1970's were a hit near the front entrance. The "Zingers" have always been a big draw at big car events like Autorama, and at the Fleetwood event Miller was on hand to sign autographs and to promote his book.
TV Star and drag racer Jeff Lutz is also at the two day event, and has two of his cars with him. The drag cars produce over 3500 horsepower.
Custom car legend Gene Winfield who has designed movie cars, and even the original Star Trek Shuttlecraft is at the show too, but the most important element of the show is the tribute to Batmobile designer George Barris who passed away earlier this year. Barris had become a regular guest of honor at the Fleetwood Car Show.
Over 30 charities benefit from the Fleetwood car show each year. The Plunkett foundation has generated millions of dollars for various causes locally.
The event continues Sunday, rain or shine at the Plunkett Estate - 9282 Elviage Drive London Ontario ( near Delaware).
For full show information visit: www.fleetwoodcountrycruizein.com