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Cruising Into Clifton

n Sept. 6, Clifton will shift into high gear as area specialty cars will come together for the fifth annual Clifton Cruise-In hits the streets in historic Clifton.

The show will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and is free for all ages. Hosting Street Rods, Street Machines, Customs, Antiques, Muscle Cars and Classics, the event will offer something for all car lovers.

“Usually car shows have only one kind of car,” said Jim Chesley show founder and Mayor of Clifton. “That is why this is an open car show so that all kind of cars will be displayed.”

The event will include vendors, food, music and, of course, the cars. The first 150 show vehicles to arrive will receive a free dash plaque. Door prizes will be awarded to the public while entries will compete for ‘participant pick’ awards and 46 trophies.

“I have been a car fanatic for years, I like customs, antiques, classics, muscle cars; I like all kinds of cars,” Chesley said. That is why he started the show, but he continues for another reason — all proceeds benefit Clifton Lions Club and other local charities.

“[Donating to charity] is a good thing to do; I think that everybody should do it. I love cars, and I love car shows, why not do what you love to benefit charity?” Chesley said.

Since the event is free, Chesley generates revenue from sponsors in addition to the vehicle entry fee, which is $10 with pre-registration by Aug. 30 and $12 when registering at the gate. Last year the event generated $10,000, setting this year's goal at $15,000.

The event is largely backed by the Custom Cruisers of Northern Virginia, an antique car club, which regularly hosts car shows and member meetings. For more information and pictures from last years show, visit www.customcruisersnova.org. For show and vendor information, contact Jim Chesley by calling 703-830-2129 or e-mail him at jcchesley@aol.com.