- Monday 15 July, 2013
Blue Suede Cruise features Jay and The Americans this weekend!
NORWALK, Ohio – Kids, did you invite your grandparents on a great date with you to the Wanda AkzoNobel Blue Suede Cruise July 19-21, 2013 at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio?
This fun event features hot rod cars and trick trucks from 1972 and earlier.
It's a great event for grandparents to remember old times and tell stories. By the end of the weekend, you'll have stories to tell, too.
More than 1,000 vehicles entered the Flaming River car show, and others roll into the park when the gates open at 7 a.m. on Friday.
Bring your camera, and photograph your grandparents in front of their favorite wheels from back in the day. You'll find a gem of a hot rod, too! Add the photo to your Facebook.com page.
Here's a hint for a conversation starter: Ask your grandparents what car they used for their first date.
On the track, we'll have fun runs. And old-style match racing returns!
The Great Lakes Nostalgia Funny Car Circuit adds floppers to the show. To check them out, click on: I love Funny Cars!
Famed racer Jim Oddy, who's mashed gas for 55 years, brings The Junk Yard Dog from North Carolina to compete with the Nostalgia AA Gassers.
Recently retired from his engine building shop in Buffalo, New York, Jim Oddy spends his days as he says, “fiddling around in the garage with old race cars. I've got one customer now, and it's just me. That keeps me plenty busy. I've got a couple of street rods and my Willys race car.”
So when it's Jim Oddy's turn to speed down the track, remember to cheer, “Here comes The Dog!”
Another attraction pours on the power in Nostalgia Super Stock.
Doug Duell, president of Nostalgia Super Stock, expects about 30 Nostalgia Super Stock cars to roll into the staging lanes at the Wanda AkzoNobel Blue Suede Cruise.
“The Northern Ohio area is kind of a hot bed for these types of cars,” Doug Duell said. “They're exciting '60s big block cars from the start of the muscle car movement.”
Doug Duell races a white 1964 Plymouth Fury station wagon called, “The Drag'n Wag'n,” originally owned and raced by his father, Dave Duell. Look for the red candy stripes on the roof.
On Saturday of the Wanda AkzoNobel Blue Suede Cruise, Jay and The Americans perform live in concert.
Listen to songs by Jay and The Americans by clicking on: Only in America!
Before the concert head to the Summit grandstands. Afterward there is a neon parade, a car flame throwing contest, and a smokey burnout contest.
Want to see Grandpa's eyes twinkle? Ask him about his best smokey burnout.
After the concert, snuggle close for Bader Family Signature Fireworks.
Sunday features car show judging, fabulous door prizes, and more great racing!
Does your grandpa's garage hold a special project that needs a sweet paint job?
The Wanda AkzoNobel company creates the colors, answers questions and offers workshops on paint and body work at the Blue Suede Cruise.
Muscle Products Corp. develops lubricants to smooth out the running of motors and transmissions; they'll be there, too.
Also, the Wanda AkzoNobel Blue Suede Cruise provides shopping places for Grandma at the Women's World, and for Grandpa at the Car Corral and Swap Meet.
The Blue Suede Cruise offers a unique perspective on the Golden Anniversary of Summit Motorsports Park. It's almost like 1963 is here again!
Do you like to dress up in costumes?
The employees at Summit Motorsports Park wear clothing styles from 1972 and earlier, just for the Blue Suede Cruise.
Some of the guys slick back their hair and wear leather jackets and jeans like The Fonz from the “Happy Days” television show.
The girls wear poodle skirts, bowling team outfits or bell bottom pants.
You can dress up if you want. If not, that's okay, too.
Just in case you'd like a T-shirt from back in the day, we sell Norwalk Dragway T-shirts in the Quarter Mile Clothing Company. Check out our other Golden Anniversary items.
Youth ages 14 and younger are admitted for free. Admission for adults costs $15 for one day or $35 for the weekend.
The Wanda AkzoNobel Blue Suede Cruise includes free parking, free camping, and free pit access.
Plus, Summit Motorsports Park serves great food at the concession stands.
You can even enjoy dessert. We serve one pound of delicious Velvet Ice Cream for a buck!
Here’s how planning the date could work:
* Ask your parents for permission first.
* Call your grandparents and ask if they would like to go on a date with you. After they fall over from surprise, they probably will say, “Yes!”
* Did you know kids get in free? So depending on your age you may need to pay only for your grandparents’ way into the event, and food and drinks.
* Now you may need your parents’ help, again. Ask if you may do chores to earn money for the date. That way, it’s a gift to your grandparents from you, and you’ll feel great about it.
* Write your date on the calendar and count down the hours!
One more thing: You'll probably want to print the schedule and browse the rest of the event information. Click on: Best date ever!