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July 26, 2013

Classic cars roll into downtown Newburyport Aug. 15

NEWBURYPORT — Summer nights, classic cars and a doo wop concert come together to create a fabulous ’50s festival in downtown Newburyport on Thursday, Aug. 15, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Sponsored by “The Legends” WNBP Radio, St. Jean’s Credit Union and the Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce, Cruisin’ the 50’s is a free community event that features 150 specially selected classic cars from across New England, along with live music by Billy D and the Rock-its Doo Wop Show Band. The rain date is Aug. 22.

Now in its second year, Cruisin’ the 50’s plans to build on the momentum of its inaugural event, which drew almost 6,000 residents and visitors. WNBP will be broadcasting live on the air, and local restaurants, shops and historic sites will feature special deals and pricing for attendees. The event wraps up with dancing and a free outdoor concert on Market Square by local favorites Billy D and the Rock-its.

According to Newburyport Chamber Executive Director Ann Ormond, this event is very popular with locals and tourists alike. “Cruisin’ the 50’s was a huge success last year, and we expect an even better turnout for 2013. It brings good old-fashioned fun to our streets and showcases the businesses and historic charm of our downtown,” she said in a press release.

“This event offers a great summer night for the whole family,” said Carl Strube, general manager and co-owner of WNBP. “Those of us that were young in the ’50s and ’60s can take a walk down memory lane, while younger generations will appreciate first-hand the beauty and design of such vintage vehicles as Cadillacs, Thunderbirds, Impalas and more along the city’s streets.”

Visitors can browse the 150 classic cars parked along both sides of Newburyport’s State, Pleasant and Inn streets, which will be open for pedestrian traffic only during the event. “For nearly a year, we have been hand-selecting only the finest quality cars from throughout New England. The downtown Newburyport Cruisin’ the 50’s car show represents the best of the 1940s through 1960s American vehicles,” said Wes Pettengill, curator of this and other classic car events in New England, as well as host of WNBP Radio’s “Calling All Cars” program. He noted that many of these show cars will only attend this one event all year.

“There is a certain kind of style and craftsmanship in these cars that you just don’t see every day,” Pettengill added. “Everyone gets a thrill looking at these beautiful machines up close and meeting their proud owners.”

For more information about Cruisin’ the 50’s, visit and

Please note: Classic car participation is by invitation and preregistration only. For participant information, contact car coordinator Pettengill at 978-465-3140.

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