Then head for the Fleetwood Country Cruize-in

The Fleetwood Country Cruize-in, hosted every June by Steven Plunkett, on his London, Ont., estate, is one of the country’s biggest collector car parties.


It’s time for “cruizing.” And we’re not talking about the Love Boat thing, or even questionable late-night activity.

We’re talking taking your very cool automobile out for a summer ride, and preferably to a destination where it will be seen and appreciated by like-minded souls.

In this part of the world, the ultimate destination of this sort is the Fleetwood Country Cruize-in, hosted each June by Steven Plunkett, on his lovely estate near

London, Ont. This is the fifth year of the Cruize-in and it keeps getting bigger and better, now widely regarded as the country’s biggest collector car party.

Last year about 2,000 cars showed up — everything from muscle cars to customs to pre-war classics. Other attractions included six of the George Barris “TV” cars, an air show, and Steve’s own world-class collection of V-16 Cadillacs. The day was capped off by a sit-down dinner for 2,300 under a big tent, and an electrifying performance by singer Bobby Curtola.

This year’s “Cruize” runs three days (June 8-10). Friday evening will feature a concert under the big-top by Herman’s Hermits. Saturday is the car show ($10 admission), followed by an evening with Frankie Avalon, Fabian and Bobby Rydell! (Only $115 for dinner and the concert.) On Sunday there will be a classic car auction.

The car show is expected to attract more than 2,500 vintage and specialty cars. Special attractions will include several George Barris ‘Kustoms,’ the 2.5-million mile

Volvo, the Roger Moore Saint car and several antique boats, including Guy Lombardo’s Tempo VII unlimited hydroplane that the famous bandleader raced in 1955 and ‘56.

Proceeds from the event will benefit 20 different charities. For more information, check out the website,

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