02/26 & 02/27: The National Nostalgic Novas Show will be here all day and stay for the cruise, sponsored by Bradham Brothers. The National Nostalgic Nova is a car club for people who love Chevy IIs, Novas and Acadians. Since their beginning in 1982, they have been dedicated to the preservation, restoration, rodding and history of the ’62-’79 Chevy Nova. They provide their members valuable technical information, access to quality parts and a unique opportunity for fellowship with Nova lovers all over the world. Each year National Nostalgic Nova hosts a show here at Old Town. This show is open to all Novas. There is a $30.00 registration fee that includes a t-shirt and a dash plaque. At this show members display their Novas, give out awards and enjoy the swap meet.
02/27: The Wide Track Warriors Pontiac Club 7:30 am – 2:00 pm. This a Central Florida based Pontiac car club that has been around for over a decade. The club has always been about people getting together and having a good time. It doesn’t matter if you drive a Lemans, Torrent, Grand Prix GTP, Fiero, Firebird, GTO, Tempest, Aztek, Grand Am, or a G6 (to name a few). Cars of all years are welcome in this club. This club loves to give back to the community of Orlando, every year they pick a local charity to donate a portion of the earnings too. This year is Pet Rescue By Judy. There are trophies, door prizes, and a swap meet with this show.
02/28: One of our favorite clubs is back! The Buick Grand National will have their meet behind the General Store from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. 45 cars will be on display. This show is open to any Buick Turbo powered vehicle and will benefit the New Hope For Kids charity.
03/06: The Florida Edsel Club will lead the cruise! There is judging and awards with this show. This club has been participating in the Saturday Nite Cruise for twenty years. The Edsel was a marquee of the Ford Motor Company during the 1958, 1959, and 1960 model years. The brand is known best as one of the biggest commercial failures in the history of American business. “E Day” was September 4, 1957. Ford announced the end of the Edsel program on Thursday, November 19, 1959. However, cars continued being produced until late in November, with the final tally at 2,846 1960 models. Total sales were approximately 84,000, less than half the company’s projected break-even point. The company lost $350 million ($1.55 billion in 2009 values) on the venture. All totaled, 118,287 Edsels were built (including 7,440 produced in Ontario, Canada.) This figure may seem large, but by automotive standards, it was dismal, especially when spread across three model-years. Fifty years after its spectacular failure, Edsel has become a highly collectible item amongst vintage car hobbyists. Fewer than 6,000 Edsels survive and are considered collectors’ items. A mint 1958 Citation convertible sometimes sells for over $100,000, while rare models, like the 1960 convertible, may bring up to $200,000.
03/13: The Studebakers are back and will lead out the cruise. Come on out and see beautiful examples of this classic automobile starting at 12:00 pm. The first gasoline cars to be fully manufactured by Studebaker were marketed in August 1912 and over the next 50 years; the company established an enviable reputation for quality and reliability. The South Bend plant ceased production on December 20, 1963, and the last Studebaker car rolled off the Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, plant on March 16, 1966.
03/26 & 03/27: Mighty Titans TWO DAY Show. Awards, vendors, and a Dyno Machine. Show times are Friday 5:00 p.m. – Cruise and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The Nissan Titan was introduced in 2004 and is manufactured in Canton, Mississippi. The Titan Truck is very popular in the South and sales there account for nearly 25% of Titans sales in the United States. The Titan was nominated for the North American Truck of the Year award for 2004.