This summer, the River Park Cruisers are hosting a monthly ‘cruise-in’ at Ingleside Park north of Clayton Ridge Schools in Guttenberg on the second Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m. “All car enthusiasts are welcome to bring food, drink and lawn chairs and enjoy the display of cars,” said David Bahls, River Park Cruisers Chairperson. Cruisers gathered for the first event, called Cruisin’ to the Park, on Wednesday, May 9. Many visited local restaurants for take-out dinner, including Sodes Green Acre Café & Country Market, which is offering cruise-night specials.
The River Park Cruisers formed in 1992 and membership now consists of over 50 couples. The board of directors includes chairpeople David and Sheryl Bahls, vice chairs Don and Jeanne Niosi, secretaries Stan Blair and Karen Kulper, treasurers Chuck and Marsha Brainard, James Michelle Fassbinder, Jeff and Sue Meyer, and Mike and Joan Steffen. On Wednesdays other than the second one of the month, the group meets at 6 p.m. at the gazebo by the marina visitor center on the south end of town. They depart at 6:30 p.m. for an out-of-town cruise and meal at a restaurant.
A popular pastime among car enthusiasts, valve cover racing, will also be part of the new cruise-in evening. Randy Weeks of Design Homes in Prairie du Chien is building a track for the valve cover vehicles, which are made by each participant according to specific rules. The cars have no engine or propulsion and are launched from an inclined track. Winning cars are those that go the farthest distance. Builders get creative with wheels, some using skateboards, CDs, or in-line skate wheels, but the vehicles must be based on an actual valve cover and nothing can extend beyond the front or back of the cover. Cars can’t weigh more than eight pounds and dimensions are also regulated.
The group will hold its annual car show and cruise on Saturday, Sept. 15, a day-long event that concludes with a dance at Lakeside Ballroom in Guttenberg. The popular car show takes place on River Park Drive in Guttenberg from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. Car enthusiasts and curious observers alike stroll the street, checking out classic cars. The cruise begins at 3:30 p.m. and is followed by a performance of Backwater at Lakeside Ballroom.
New members are welcome and can join by contacting Bahls or while attending one of the group's organized cruises. For more information on the River Park Cruisers or their events, visit their website, email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact David and Sheryl Bahls at 563-252-1336.
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