SALEM - Another year of Arby's cruises will finish its third year after a run from May 5 to Oct. 20.
But not yet.
There will be another car show cruise this weekend and organizer Gene Johnson expects a pretty nice turnout, weather permitting, since a car club from Akron has been appearing with "some real beauties from the thirties," he said.
"They have some great cars ... '32s to '39," he said, noting the club showed up on Sept. 15 with about 12 or 15 cars.
"I think they'll come back down this weekend."
The Arby's cruise will hold a car show and Chinese auction with10 trophies being awarded, three for cars-of-the-year, selected from previous car-of-the-week winners and the other seven trophies will be awarded as cruiser's choices, Johnson said.
While delivering trophies to top cars, the Arby's cruise, which donates food to the Salem Community Food Pantry, has also been delivering big numbers.
"The original goal of 50,000 lbs was raised to 70,000 lbs for 2012," Johnson said, noting, "we beat it by 7,000 in 2011. That's not bad for two bucks a shot, for each car coming in ..."
But the 70,000 mark should fall easily, Johnson said, noting that the "car counts have been anywhere between 75 to 125 sometimes its up 175.
"We're almost at 75,000 lbs," he said, explaining if the weather cooperates he's projecting close to 90,000 lbs.
"We have lots of support from the car guys with about 50 regulars every week," he said, adding this week's cruise will be number 69 since they started three years ago.
"I think we'll have a big turnout," Johnson said,
"We're having a lot of fun with it ... we're going to do it again next year ... and so far we haven't had an incident or anything like a fender-bender or had to call the police ... when the people leave, they don't get on it ... we want to make it bigger and better," he said.
"We're going try to go to Oct. 20 if we get to go that long we're going to try to do something for Halloween."
The cruise and car show runs from 3 to 7 p.m.
There will also be a car show Sunday at the American Legion Post in Sebring from noon until 4 p.m.
Fifty dash plaques and a Commanders choice along with six other trophies will be awarded.
That event will also benefit the Salem Community Food Pantry.
The cruises include door prizes to car cruisers bringing two cans of food or buying one ticket, DJs, (when no band is scheduled) and anyone can play the 50/50 tickets that are three for a dollar.
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