Queen Street Cruise ’24: Eye candy and fond memories

Some engines hummed as they passed. Some engines flat out roared. And some spoke in an unmistakable throaty voice that grabbed you and took you for a ride in a Way Back machine. 

It was a car lover’s dream that unfolded in Sault Ste. Marie’s riverfront and downtown core Friday night. The 2024 edition of the Queen Street Cruise rolled out in earnest just after 6:20 p.m., departing from Foster Drive lots and progressing regally down St. Mary’s River Drive.

Cars and trucks of varying makes and ages were everywhere, rolling ceremoniously down Bay Street and Queen – just like they did in their heyday. 

They were outnumbered only by the crowds of area residents eager to see – and hear – them.

First Local talked to a couple of gents who clearly recall the fun of gathering with friends to cruise the Sault’s ‘main drag’ Queen Street and one of the event’s treasurer, Gary Trembinski Jr.

Sara Mercier, used to have a 1981 Corvette T-top. She sold it to move into other ventures, but admits she misses it. She’s a regular attendee of The Cruise and says she may pick up another classic vehicle down the road.

“It’s always nice to see the community come together for events like this,” says Mercier. “I wanted to see the turnout.”

Mercier likes cars, but it’s the trucks that draws her attention most.

“Omigosh, I’m really partial to the old trucks. So anything that’s like 1980s…GMCs, Chevys. Something with a lot of curves and step-sides and things like this.”

Trembinski says this year’s event drew 150 pre-registered vehicles with another 150 signing on later. He expects a “fantastic” static car show today.

The gates opened for Day Two at 8 a.m. this morning for pre-registration. The car show starts at 9 a.m. and runs until 4 p.m. Awards will be presented at 3:30 p.m.

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