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Old Town Classic Car Cruise Takes Off from Turtle Creek Casino

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Old cars and new cars gathered at Turtle Creek Casino for the kickoff of the National Cherry Festival Friday.

Organizers were unsure if the annual Old Town Classic Car Cruise would happen.

“Actually we were really excited to have this event still happen this year,” said Tracy Kurtz, Public Relations Representative for Turtle Creek. “We love to kick off the National Cherry Festival with the classic car show. It’s been wonderful, we’ve done it for years and it get bigger every single year. More cars. More fun.”

Typically the cruise is about 100 cars long.

For those that come back year after year it’s not the cars that bring them back, but the people.

“They call it a car show but it’s actually a people show. They use cars as an excuse to get together. So it’s very social. You see a lot of beautiful, beautiful vehicles and a lot of proud people,” says participant John Russell.

Russell has driven in the cruise for more than a decade, and says he’s watched the people and the cars evolve.

Every year, he waits for his favorite part of the cruise.

“Having people give you the thumbs up. I’ve got a 68 year old MG and everybody loves old cars,” says Russell.

First time cruisers, John and Linda Rookus, look forward to spending time taking on Northern Michigan.

“We just like to be together, her and I. We cruise all of the time,” says John Rookus. “If we get a good day in Michigan we go out. This is one of the good days.”

The cruise took drivers through Acme, around Elk Lake, and back to Turtle Creek Casino.

Organizers say if you missed this car show, you are still able to catch the Old Town Classic Car Show at the Grand Traverse Commons on Sunday.