Sunset Cruisers pleased with new downtown location

June 4 – The Sunset Cruisers monthly downtown cruise returns from 4:00 p.m. to dark Saturday, June 4.

For a while earlier this year, it looked like cruises might be leaving downtown.

In January, the club said it was considering moving out of downtown because it passed the Second Street area between Daviess and Frederica streets, where classic and modern automobiles park on the first Saturday of every April to October so people can see them. and talk to the owners.

But a month later, it announced its intention to stay downtown, moving into parking lots between Third and Fourth Streets downtown.

This included, according to the club, the First Baptist Church lot, the Town Hall parking lot, the former National Bank parking lot and the Truist (formerly BB&T) parking lot when it is available.

With cars moving through parking lots, Second Street does not have to close during events.

Things have worked out well this year, club spokesman Steve McNatton said this week.

“Overall it’s been a really good year,” he said. “We had to learn how to park cars in the parking lots. It was a corner parking lot on Second Street.”

But, McNatton said, the Cruisers have held a car show in the parking lot during the Bar-B-Que International Festival for more than 25 years.

So it didn’t take long to figure out the parking lots.

“We love the new location,” McNatton said. “It works really well. It was more scattered on Second Street, and it’s more focused now.”

And putting classic vehicles in parking lots leaves more street parking for people who want to see the cars, he said.

“There were a lot of people and cars that I had never seen before,” he said. “People from Evansville, Tell City, Jasper and all of southern Indiana.”

The previous two cruises this year have averaged between 160 and 170 vehicles, he said.

McNatton said the Cruisers added portable restrooms and a food truck this year.

“We moved a block away and people started asking, ‘Where can we eat?’ ” he said.

McNatton said the food truck sells pulled pork, burgers and wings.

“And it sold out last month,” McNatton said. “The crowds are better this year, and there’s more street parking for them. We were very concerned because it was new. But it’s working well.”

Each month has a different theme.

This month, it’s General Motors products — Chevrolet, Pontiac, Oldsmobile, Buick, Cadillac and GMC.

“Our themed vehicles are still working great,” McNatton said.

Keith Lawrence, 270-691-7301, [email protected]

David H. Henry