A soldout crowd came to show their special cars at the fourth annual Cruise In on the Lake on Sept. 25.
It was a beautiful, sunny day for car enthusiasts to bring their cars, or come out and see the cars on display at Springfield Lake. Those who love an interesting car were not disappointed as there were cars from long ago to newer, more souped-up vehicles.
Jason Burdett brought his 1972 Ford Barberton Police car and parked it next to the brand new Springfield cruiser, a Dodge Charger with a Hemi engine. Onlookers enjoyed commenting on the differences between the 1972 car and the 2016 car, including how much larger the engine were were back in the 70s.
Springfield Police Sgt. Joe Gaffney explained that a Hemi was needed because the engine of a police car takes a beating and the department just recently had to replace the engine of one of the two-year-old Dodge Chargers.
Officer Dan Rafferty said they had 125 spots open and they sold them all out - so to speak. The event was free, but a $5 donation supports the Volunteer Auxiliary Springfield Police (VASP) and participants received a Cruise In Dash Plaque and two raffle tickets.
A special attraction was the Tim Arfons' NASCAR Jet Dryer on display. Arfons has followed in the footsteps of his father, Art Arfons, owner of the Green Monster and three time land speed record holder, as he continues to work on developing his unique jet-powered engines in his shop in Springfield Township.
Sponsors were Summit Racing, J and B Auto Service, Akron Coach, Bill White Akron Lanes, Blizzard Trophies, O'Reilly's, T.K. Tire Company and Stacked Akron.
The event was held from 1 to 5 p.m. Music was playing in the gazebo presented by FM 88.9. There were concessions, raffle prizes and a 50/50 drawing.
Coordinator for VASP Linda Lohr said it was a great day with great people. She thanked all of the volunteers and VASP for their efforts to make it a big success. She was appreciative of the support of community members and those that came out to support the show and VASP. Lohr said a big thank you goes to Parks Director Doug Foltz and the department's team for another successful year.