Hot spot for hot rods

Cars of all makes and models made the cruise to take part in the Annual Harbor Cruise Sunday afternoon at Point Gratiot in Dunkirk. From the 1959 Thunderbird to the Volkswagon “Thing,” a wide variety of vehicles cruised and parked by Lake Erie.

Throughout the day, hot rods, antiques and classic cars and trucks continued to make their way to the Point as people checked out the cars. Mustangs, Corvettes, Camaros, Thunderbirds, MGs and Volkswagens were just a few being showcased, along with hot rods and race cars.

Some cars at the cruise were not just for showcase; they were up for sale, including a 1923 Roadster.

From one end to the other, all different kinds of cars occupied Point Gratiot.

Presented by Lake Shore Street Rod Association with cooperation from the city of Dunkirk, the cruise saw over 600 cars from in-state and out of town, according to Chairman Ken Doepp. Cars from Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Canada made the trip to take part in the event.

“The turnout was phenomenal again this year,” Doepp said. “We’ve mixed record cars with street rods and we are full, and that’s a good thing. We let all the cars in for the show, and the number of spectator cars filled the Point up. We get people from all over, and the turnout has been great.”

Doepp went on to mention the great weather and its influence on the turnout for the event.

“Five years later, this event is one of the nicest events in the city,” Doepp said. “We have way more people than when it was at the hotel. People love coming here since it’s on the lake, and we appreciate the help from the city. We’re making good use of the Point.”

Sam Mancuso has been a regular participant of the Harbor Cruise at Point Gratiot for four years. Mancuso pointed out the diversity in cars at this year’s event.

“From the little Volkswagon to the gray Graham, which is supposed to be one of the only ones in existence, the cars in attendance today are amazing,” Mancuso said. “People come from all over, and continue to come and take part in the cruise. It’s beautiful.”

Mancuso had the old-fashioned music playing since he was a ways from the music at the pavilion, which was played by “Untouchables” and “DJ Gould.”

Doepp gave thanks to WalMart, which sponsored the event for five years along, with the city of Dunkirk, NRG Energy, Fredonia Chrysler, Basil Chevrolet and Rookies. He also thanked the vendors that came out for the annual cruise, including Westfield Main Diner, Gianni Mazia’s Pasta and Pizza House and Tony’s Fried Dough.

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