Cruise-In bringing awesome cars and crowds to Kannapolis – Salisbury Post

KANNAPOLIS – East Coast cruisers are known for a lot of activity whenever they go on a “cruise.”

Crowds of people, refurbished and restored vehicles and vendors from all over are always part of the event, often accompanied by live music.

One thing the Kannapolis chapter of the band stresses, however, is the importance of giving back.

Art Keylin is one of the main organizers of the Kannapolis Cruise-In and a past president of the East Coast Cruisers, and he explained that profits from the many vendors and merchandise sales go directly to Shriners Hospitals for Children.

This can end up being a pretty big giveaway with the crowd the cruise expects when they hold the event (weather permitting) on ​​the second Saturday of the month from 1-6pm.

The event itself has been going on for years, according to Keylin, and now involves the downtown loop between City Hall and the North Carolina Research Campus.

Although the cruise itself is limited to this short stretch of road, the event is still a sight to behold as people bring cars from all over the state and even the region.

Keylin said everyone is welcome to visit and bring their vehicle as long as it’s a “car you’re proud of.”

Even those who may not have their own car to show can come and learn about how these vehicles have been maintained and, in some cases, rebuilt and restored.

The East Coast Cruisers have been running these cruises since 1978, and Keylin said they’ve enjoyed the community connections they’ve made at their events in Kannapolis. Their efforts to combine an appreciation for classic cars with a focus on charitable causes has impacted people across the state.

For more information on the upcoming cruise, check out the band’s Facebook page at

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