Cruise to the Show 2017

8th Annual Cruise to the Show Parade & Car Show

Story by Tricia Ranieri

I was happy to cover this year’s 8th Annual Cruise to The Show Parade and Car Show! Many thanks to Ed Mangano for another amazing event. Those who came out said they were here for the celebration of the auto industry and the heart that goes into each and every one of these works of art every year.

It was a hot summer like day, but that didn’t stop hundreds from coming out in the 91 degree weather to enjoy the 2 day celebration of auto history that included over 1,000 cars, trucks and motorcycles; all makes, years and models.

Families and fans attended from far and wide to take part in the Cruise to the Show at Eisenhower Park. Attendees were privy to a collection of live music, food and over 100 vendors while walking amongst an outstanding display of cars, and restoration projects throughout the grounds.

One main attraction from the conception of this yearly show was Autoseum (Automotive Teaching Museum) and its co-founders, Mike Manning, and Andy Perillo (George Barris East Coast Representative), who has worked and known George Barris for over 50 years.

The great George Barris, who passed away in 2015, had been a part of the cruise from the time of its inception 8 years ago. George loved taking part in this event along with friend and car handler, Tony Wood.

The main attraction at the Autoseum and Cruise to the Show was the cars of the late George Barris. The first is the 1966 Batmobile from the TV show Batman, made from a 1955 Lincoln Ventura Concept Car. Another Barris creation was the Monkey Mobile, which was created from a 1966 GTO. These beautiful vehicles were just a part of the large display which included TV and movie cars. I guess you could call them celebrities!

One of the vendors, Paul DiMauro, owner of Pauls Rods & Restos had a beautiful collection of his cars on display. Paul has been repairing and restoring vehicles for over 26 years and is certainly no stranger to car buffs and collectors in the north east region. Another auto display that was catching the eyes of many was presented by Mustang Magic. Owner, Joe Negra, and crew came out in full force to show off the pristine work their shop is known for delivering.

Automat Customizing & Restoration is a yearly sponsor of this show. The company was founded by World War II Veteran, Eric Browner in 1956. His sons, Tim & Roger, have been a part of the company for over 30 years and run it to date. Automat had an amazing display of vehicles including a beauty belonging to their longtime friend/actor/customer, Bronx born Chuck Zito, who tells me he enjoys and takes part in the Cruise every year. This year Chuck brought out one of several vehicles that Automat worked on for him, a white with red striped1964 Stingray.

Additional sponsors of this year’s show were, Westbury Jeep King O’Rourke of  Smithtown, Levittown Ford, Movin On Sound & Security, Pursuit Autoworks, Man Products Made Of Steel Built To Last, and last but not least WBAB 102.3 FM..

The Barris Cup was given to Howard Kroplick, owner of the 48 #1044 Tucker. It was sold at RM Sotheby’s 2017 Scottsdale Auction for $1,225,000 earlier this year

I want to thank all the parents who brought their children to the show. Seeing their faces light up is a validation that the future of these back in time treasures will be preserved for generations to come.