Past Events 2019


April 2019

It was chilly and windy but we still had a good turnout at our Spring Opener at the Groton AutoZone today. Some 60+ cars came out to join us where our club was first formed 20 years ago. It was great to see many of our members and friends after a long winter and we met a lot of new folks too. We want to thank everyone who came out today and braved the New England weather with us and we hope to see everyone again in the days to come!

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May 2019

Despite the dreary and chilly weather we had a very respectable turnout at NAPA of Norwich tonight. About 30+ cars came out and with nice raffle prizes and great food from K's Kart Too we all had an enjoyable evening. We want to thank Todd and all the folks at NAPA of Norwich for hosting us. And a big thanks to everyone who joined us tonight and a special thanks to all those who made donations to Connecticut Children's Medical Center!

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We had a great time at today's First Annual Show & Shine Cruise at the Lisbon Central School. Over 75 cars, trucks and motorcycles came out to enjoy a rare sunny day! A big shout-out to Robert Ladouceur and all the volunteers who helped put this benefit cruise on and we're hoping this really does become an annual event.

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Finally!! Perfect weather made for a spectacular night with 50+ cars and trucks joining us at The Center of Montville. Dana McFee (Mr. Hot Dog) served up great food, drinks and ice cream and it was wonderful seeing everyone tonight and catching up. A big thanks to everyone who came out to join us and a special shout-out to our 50/50 winner who donated $25 back to the club for the Connecticut Children's Medical Center!

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Summer-like weather came just in time for the first Ocean Beach cruise night of 2019. It was beautiful at the beach, at least for a while. As the dark clouds moved in we finished up early but it was still a good crowd and great to see everyone. Some of us probably got wet on the way home but it was worth it!

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We had such a good time here two weeks ago we came back for more! A lighter turnout due to Colchester's rain date tonight but still a respectable crowd. The food was great, especially the chili, and we had good music to relax by as well. All in all another enjoyable night!

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Wow! We had a great time at the Holy New Martyrs Orthodox Church Classic Car & Truck Show in Norwich today. We had never been before so we didn't know what to expect and we were pleasantly surprised. The venue was idyllic, the weather was perfect, Gary Pom spun the tunes and there was something here for everyone. A big tag sale, multiple vendors and incredible food made this a wonderful time for both the car and truck owners and the many folks who came to look at them. We'll be sure to put this on our calendar for next year. You should too!

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More great weather and a perfect night at Ted's IGA in Hebron for the re-scheduled benefit for Austin Villar. As always, lots of cool cars and trucks and another great time with the guys and gals of the Gear Head Mafia Car Club.

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The beach was packed for Memorial Day but they left room for all our cars and what a great night it was. A cool gentle breeze was exhilarating as hundreds of spectators enjoyed looking at the all cars, trucks and motorcycles. There was something here for everyone tonight, it couldn't have been better.

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June 2019

A perfect Monday night brought out more cars and trucks than we've seen in a while. And lots of cars we've never seen before too. Add in hundreds of spectators and it was definitely a night to remember at the prettiest place in New London!

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There were all kinds of Fords at Hank's Dairy Bar tonight but without a doubt, the Mustangs ruled the field! With K-Hits 100.9 broadcasting live and Hank's famous menu it was a great time for everyone there. A big thanks to Scott and all the folks at Hanks for putting this event on. We all had a really good time.

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A very nice turnout for the first NAPA of Groton cruise night of the season. Lots of great cars and trucks were coming and going all evening. And, as always, the hot dogs, baked beans and cold drinks were appreciated by all. A big thanks to John and everyone at NAPA of Groton for another enjoyable cruise night!

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The rain went away, the sun came out and so did the cars and trucks for the first Home Depot Cruise Night of 2019. Except for the wind it was a beautiful evening with hot dogs from B&J and ice cream from Canterbury Cones. Lot of people stopped by to look at our cars too. Another great one is in the book!

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Take a beautiful and serene location, add a lot of really great vehicles and spice it up with good food and drink. That's the recipe for another great Wednesday cruise night at the Bozrah Moose Lodge!

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We have to say this was perhaps the best turnout we've had here in a couple of years. The weather was perfect and the cars and trucks just kept rolling in. We raised a good amount for the Connecticut Childrens Medical Center thanks to our 50/50 winner who donated his winnings back to the club. A big thanks to everyone who came out to join us and made it such a spectacular night!

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If we salvage one good day this week at least it was a great one. It was cool and comfortable at the beach so the cars, trucks and motorcycles came and went all evening. We saw many that we had never seen before and that made for an exciting time at "the prettiest place in New London" (Speedbowl Kurt quote).

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Beautiful clear skies graced the first Texas Roadhouse car show of the season. This is always a great event with peanuts, appetizers and sweet tea from the restaurant. Oh, and there were a lot of great cars and trucks too! A big thanks to Ali and all the Texas Roadhouse crew for hosting us today.

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Another great Monday night at Ocean Beach tonight. We wrapped up the appreciation awards early for the Waterford Community Band who started at 7:00 PM. With all the additional spectators many stayed around to enjoy the music as well as the cars!

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Beautiful summer weather brought out those who didn't go to Colchester's rain date cruise tonight. Still a respectable number and plenty of food and drink to go around. It's always a good night at the Moose Lodge!

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July 2019

Perfect weather at the beach tonight brought the car, trucks, motorcycles and people out in droves. Lots of different vehicles made for an exciting night too. Let's hope this nice weather is going to stay for a while!

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It was a beautiful day at the Connecticut River Museum and the Essex Automobile Club's 11th Annual Antique and Classic Car Show. If you missed this one you missed a really great show!

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Ominous clouds were no match for the die-hard cruisers - despite the heat and humidity over 100 cars and trucks came out to the Ledyard Fairgrounds today. We had a good time as always and it was another great event for our busy 'holiday' week!

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After our SCMC club picnic today some of us headed to Voluntown and the Cruise to Survive supporting the Rhode Island Ovarian Cancer Alliance. This is always a great show for a good cause and today was no different. We apologize for not getting photos of every vehicle there but with a short schedule we were happy just to get the flavor of the event and to see our friends who participated. And so ends our busy 'holiday' week!

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What else can we say? Just another absolutely beautiful night at the beach!

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Another beautiful night at Home Depot tonight. This perfect weather brought everyone out and we had a great time as always. This is one of our favorite monthly events so if you haven't been yet, make plans to check it out next month. You won't be disappointed!

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A quiet night at the Bozrah Moose Lodge but all the right people (and cars and trucks) were there. Great burgers, hot dogs and chili as always and there was free watermelon for dessert. It was a little warm but still an enjoyable way to spend an evening with friends.

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We couldn't ask for nicer weather and the crowds came out to take advantage of it. Just another beautiful night at the beach!

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With rain and storms on the way it was a sparse turnout tonight as expected. But the die-hards were there and we made the best of the cool breeze off the water while we waited for the rain to begin.

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It's always tough when Colchester uses their rain date and tonight was no exception. But the usual suspects came out, the food was plentiful and we all had a good time.

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It was 'standing room only' tonight at the Bozrah Farmer's Market. Add all our cruising cars to the most popular farmer's market around and it's the recipe for a great night!

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It was certainly a lot cooler than last Saturday but by using our rain date we likely missed some folks tonight. Nevertheless, we had a good time, made some new friends and we all enjoyed a relaxing evening.

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We apologize for failing to post this cruise but judging from the turnout, most everyone knew about it. As always a great show of cars and trucks and we thought it would be hot here but in fact it wasn't. A nice breeze kept us cool, Eric played the tunes and the Gear Head Mafia did a great job helping everyone park. Just another great night at Teds!

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Although it's usually cool at the beach, tonight it wasn't. But there were a lot of cool cars and the beach was loaded with folks who came out to enjoy the free concert by the 102nd Army rock band RipChord. All in all, a great night even if it was a little too warm!

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August 2019

Beautiful weather, great hot dogs (and more) plus lots of friends. Now that's the recipe for a really good cruise night!

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A lot of things were going on tonight so not as many cars as usual. But the right ones were there, the hot dogs were hot and the cold drinks were cold. Comfortable weather too, can't ask for much more than that. Again, a big thanks to John, his wife and the staff at NAPA of Groton for all they do for our hobby!

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Although not on our club's list to support, several SCMC members and friends attended the 'Hot Rods and Harley Haul' at the Charlestown Seafood Festival in Rhode Island today. The Rhode Island Street Rodding Association puts on the car show as part of the festival and it's always a great show. With hundreds of cars and trucks as well as thousands of spectators, it's one of the biggest local events of the summer. With over a mile of food and other vendors there's plenty to see and with a fully equipped midway with rides for the family, special activities for the kids and live bands playing on multiple stages there's plenty to do as well. We had a great time as always and the weather was picture perfect. We could not ask for a better way to spend a Sunday!

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It was heaven at the beach tonight, cool and very comfortable for all the folks who came out to the cruise night. Sad to say there are only five more cruise nights to go but tonight was spectacular!

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We had a good turnout and a great time at the first 'Hubcaps & Kickstands' car, truck and bike show at the Montville V.F.W. today. A big thanks to everyone who came out and supported this fundraiser to repair / replace the wheelchair ramp! It was a very successful event and a beautiful day to spend with SCMC members and friends.

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Once again the weather gods were shining on Ocean Beach! The beautiful evening brought out a bunch of great rides and hundreds of folks came to see them. Sad to think there are only four more to go here...

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Finally, some nice weather for the scheduled cruise night at Big Dawggs & More in Griswold. We had good food and a nice relaxing evening.

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The weathermen thought it would be OK today and it was fine when we got here. But it's New England, things can change quickly and they did! Multiple rounds of rain came through dampening the day. Once you're wet it doesn't get much worse so we hung in there. The food was good, the music was good, the door prizes and auctions were good and everyone made the best of it. Plus we managed to get some 'action' shots as folks dried their cars (some for the second or third time).

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Expecting it to be very hot and humid we were surprised that it was actually quite nice at the Texas Roadhouse Car Show today. As always the appetizers and sweet tea were appreciated and we all had an enjoyable time. In fact we're already looking forward to next month's show here on September 29th!

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It was sunny with a nice breeze when we arrived but it went downhill quickly as storms approached from the west. As the skies darkened some folks left while others were still arriving. A shortened schedule got the awards presented before the rain and it was a good time for how long it lasted. Only three more to go this year, lets hope they are all sunny and bright!

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The rain stopped and it turned out to be a nice evening at the Bozrah Farmer's Market cruise night. This is always a great event as there is so much to see and do (besides the cars that is). We took some photos of the market itself so the uninitiated can see the variety of vendors and supporters. This was the last cruise of the season but the market is open every Friday thru October 11th.

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Here's the first show we got to today, the Groton Police / MADD Car Show at the Esker Point Waterfront Park in Groton. A beautiful day brought out a lot of nice rides and we all had a good time next to the water. A couple of rather rare cars made it today as well including a Nash-Healey and one of Ben J. Smith's retractable hard-top Mustangs. An all-around great show for everyone!

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Our second event of the day, this was our rescheduled SCMC cruise night after last Saturday's rain. It was a great turnout for a rain date with comfortable weather, good food from Mr. Hot Dog and lots of raffle tickets sold. The winner of the 50/50 donated all his winnings back to the club for the Connecticut Children's Medical Center. As we've said many times we have the best members and friends who support us and our charity each month at our cruise nights. A big thanks to everyone who joined us tonight, we couldn't do this without you!

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Another great night at Ted's IGA in Hebron. The weather looked iffy at first but it cleared off early without a drop of rain. A big thanks to the Gear Head Mafia who always do a great job getting everyone parked and that's not easy when many of the cars come rolling in at once. There are two more cruise nights here so there's still plenty to look forward to!

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Absolutely perfect fall-like weather made this cruise night a special treat. Add in that one of our favorite Mustang friends stopped to visit from Florida made this a GREAT night. Only two of these cruise nights left and yes, there IS a cruise night next Monday, Labor Day, so plan to join us at "the prettiest place in New London". (Speedbowl Kurt quote)

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