Cruisers ask downtown businesses to extend hours

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Goodtime Cruisers Car Club had record turnout last month


By Ben Sheroan

General Manager

Antique auto enthusiasts are asking downtown businesses to consider extending hours during monthly car shows on Lincoln Square.

The Goodtime Cruisers Car Club is coming off its largest cruise-in in the local organization’s eight-year history. The August event attracted 126 vintage vehicles, said Scott Gardner, club president. Shopping opportunities or other activities around the square would enhance the free exhibition and the event delivers potential customers.

“We want to help your business and help us grow as well,” Gardner said when addressing the LaRue County Chamber of Commerce’s monthly meeting.

Cruise-ins are free to

vintage car owners and

visitors alike. Gardner’s

organization also stages

two competitive car

shows each year at

Creekside Park, including

one held in conjunction

with the Lincoln

Days festival.

“People are coming to

your doorsteps for free,”

he said.

He said this year’s

improvements to the

square have enhanced

the environment for the

cruise-in. The old vehicles

and relaxing atmosphere

create a time to

escape from the pressures

of modern times,

Gardner said.

The events regularly

attract people from

across the region and

Gardner said the club

has seen visitors from

other states. Gardner

said the events make

Hodgenville a destination

for many who otherwise

might not visit the community


The organization offers

door prizes and often

brings musical entertainment

to enhance its


In addition to providing

free activities, the

club contributes to other

causes in the community.

For example, Gardner

said the club is a regular

contributor to Project

Graduation at LaRue

County High School and

has done special car displays

for the local nursing


At the chamber meeting,

Gardner and other

club members wore neon

green T-shirts with the

Goodtime Cruisers logo,

which shows the tailfins

of an antique car around

the “I Circled the Square” logo.

The next cruise-in is 4-9 p.m.  Sept. 20.