Car Enthusiast Line The Streets For The Jamestown Cruise-In

Several roadsters lined Main Street Friday during the Jamestown Cruise-In. It was the 26th downtown Jamestown car show. P-J photos by Dennis Phillips

A good car can get you from Point A to Point B.

However, when you make the journey in a roadster, muscle car or classic automobile, you’re doing it with style.

The Jamestown Cruise-In happened along downtown city streets Friday evening. Even though there was a chance of storms, the automobile owners were making their own thunder in the streets by revving their engines for the many vehicle enthusiast attending the car show despite the weather forecast.

Dan and Jane Fischer who live in Florida, but have a summer home in Dewittville, attended the Jamestown Cruise-In for the second consecutive year to see the roadsters. Fischer said he owns a 1930 roadster he purchased about a year ago. Prior, he had owned a 1926 two-seater.

“I just like the style,” he said. “I think they’re cool.”

Mike Palmieri with his 1970 Dodge Dart he has owned for 44 years. Palmieri of Jamestown was one of many classic car owners and enthusiast to visit the Jamestown Cruise-In Friday.

Mike and Carmen Palmieri of Jamestown drove to the car show in a 1970 Dodge Dart. Palmieri has owned the car for 44 years. He said he has “built” most of the car, which included the engine. He added he has done everything to the car, but paint it. Along with bringing his own muscle car, Palmieri said he enjoys the atmosphere of the downtown car show.

“I just think it is fun to walk up and down Third Street looking at all the cars,” he said.

Tim Warden of Jamestown also brought his hotrod as he proudly displayed his 1932 Ford with a Chevrolet engine. He said with the help of his friends in the his car club, Der Kobblers Automobile Association, they were able to restore the coupe in about six months. He added that the vehicle received a trophy at a Buffalo car show a few years ago.

Along with the cars, a hula hoop and bubble gum blowing contest were scheduled. Also, there were food vendors and the band The In Crowd performed.

This was the 26th consecutive year for a downtown car show in Jamestown. Last year, was the first year of the newest version of the Jamestown Cruise-In. Prior to last year, for several years the downtown car show had been known as Motor Mayhem and was hosted by the Jamestown Renaissance Center. However, in May 2017, JRC officials announced they would not be the main sponsor for the annual downtown car show. The Jamestown Community Chamber of Commerce has hosted the downtown car show the past two years.

Even though JRC is not the main host of the Cruise-In, they helped sponsor the event along with the Der Kobblers Automobile Association, Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce, Landmark Chevrolet, Matco Tools, Media One Group, Ahlstrom Schaeffer Electric Corp and Northwest Arena.