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Somernites Cruise Newsletter
May 2017
Somernites Opening Weekend 2017, part II


With all the bad weather last month, we'll cross our fingers for plenty of warm sunshine and try  Somernites Opening Weekend 2017, Part II for the May 26-27th show in Somerset, KY!
For those that stayed home last month, you'll get the chance to cruise your ride at Somernites for the first time in 2017. So, get 'em washed, waxed and gassed up! The May show is going to be busting at the seems with plenty to see and do, including a return visit by "Big Daddy" Don Garlits and his Swamp Rat Dragster!

There is lots of info in this newsletter. So, keep reading and please, if you know of someone who would like to receive this newsletter, just forward it to them using the " Forward email" link at the very bottom left of this page. Feel free to post it on blogs, messageboards and websites too.
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Here are those very important links to help you plan your visit to Somerset for this month's show...

Book your rooms now for the May Cruise Weekend!  Visit our Lodging page!
Visit the official  Somernites Cruise Website!
"Big Daddy" Don Garlits returns to Somernites!

Somernites Cruise is excited to welcome back the 17 Time World Champion Drag Racing Legend "Big Daddy" Don Garlits! "Big Daddy" will be signing autographs at the Show & Shine in downtown Somerset on Saturday May 27th. If you have memorabilia you would like signed, we encourage you to bring it with you. Don will also have his own official merchandise available for purchase. And YES, he will be firing up the Swamp Rat XXII Top Fuel Dragster to rattle a few windows! Don't miss it!
Sponsored by Don Marshall Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram in Somerset!
May Showcase Corral features Mopar Mania!
Each month our Showcase Corral inside the Show & Shine features a different make or model and t his month we offer you Mopar Mania!
All Chrysler, Dodge, Plymouth and even those distant Mopar cousins, the AMC, Willys and Nash brands are invited to cruise into Somernites for this special event. Trucks and wagons welcome too!

We even have a special VIP entrance gate located on the south end of downtown. It's for Mopars ONLY! We can park your club together if you cruise in as a group and banners/signs to 'show your colors' are welcome!
***Enter the Mopar Mania gate from light #11 on US 27. If traveling north, turn RIGHT. If you're headed south, turn LEFT. Then LEFT AGAIN (on to Monticello Street) at the next light and continue to the entrance gate.
Remember, the Showcase Corral is only a portion of each month's Somernites show. ALL customs, classics, hot rods and muscle cars are welcome to participate each and every month!
To book your hotel rooms now, please visit our Lodging Page!

Don Marshall All Mopar Pre-Party and Show!

Don't miss the Annual All Mopar Show on Sat. morning, May 27th. From 10:00am-12:30pm at Don Marshall Chrysler Dodge Jeep RamAll Mopar owners are invited to cruise into their lot located 'on the strip' at 1147 S Highway 27 in Somerset, between lights #10 and #11. The event features food, contests and People's Choice Awards. Be sure to register your classic Mopar for the competition when you arrive (inside at receptionist desk). Winners will be announced at Noon.

Special promotions will be available to spectators and car owners including 10% off all performance parts and $500 off the purchase price of any new or pre-owned Dodge with a minimum value of $6000. These deals are only good during this event!

Special visit from the man, "Big Daddy" Don Garlits as well!


Admission to the Don Marshall event is FREE and everyone is invited to attend.

At 12:30pm, all Mopars at this show will be escorted to downtown Somerset for Mopar Mania!

Call the Don Marshall Hotline at 1-606-678-8178 if you have questions or need info!
Here's a look back at a past show...
New video of the Somernites '55 Chevy Raffle Car!
Somernites Cruise 1955 Chevy Raffle Car
This beautiful 1955 Chevy Bel-Air is the Somernites raffle car for 2017. The car features a Chevy V8, Vintage Air, Auto transmission and a classic color combo inside and out. It's a great cruiser and definitely turns heads. Tickets are available for purchase at all Somernites shows and also online now by CLICKING HERE!

Your ticket purchase helps keep Somernites free for everyone. Drawing will be held at the final show of the year on Oct. 28. You do NOT need to be present to win. We will contact the winner. But, it's a lot more fun if you are there!


Sponsored by Don Franklin Chevy-Buick-GMC of Somerset! 

KY Charitable Gaming License #ORG0002148 
New Offical Dated 2017 Somernites shirt is here! 
New 2017 dated t-shirts have just arrived! The cool new design is just what you need to show your Somernites colors. Get yours at the Friday Night Block Party at Somerset Mall on May 26th or the next day during the Show & Shine!
Available in your favorite colors and sizes !

We anticipate a huge demand for the new design so, make plans to be at Somernites Cruise for the May Cruise Weekend and grab yours while you can! Don't settle for knockoffs when you can have the real thing! 

We still have a few of those popular Trucks Shirts from April, assorted Kids Shirts and License Plates as well!
All of these items can be purchased at the merchandise trailer located in the Square area at all Somernites Show & Shine events. Your merchandise purchases help Somernites Cruise remain a FREE event.   
Somernites thanks our Premier 2017 Sponsors!


May Cruise Weekend Schedule
Don't miss out on all the fun we have planned for you at the May Somernites Cruise Weekend. Here is what the schedule looks like...
Thursday, May 25th, 7pm-???, Tune-up Cruise-In at Steak n' Shake on US 27 at stoplight #16a. An informal gathering of hot rods and storytellers. Some tasty treats as well!
Friday, May 26th, 10:00am-2:00pm, Somernites Meet & Greet at Danny's Rod Shop approx. 3 miles north of Somerset on US 27. Free t-shirts and dash plaques to the first 50 classic rides to register, free goodie bags. DJ Gleason "Iceman" Humphreys, free Coke products and much more!
Friday, May 26th, 6:00-10:00pm, Friday Night Thunder Block Party at Somerset Mall (light #23 on S. US 27), co-sponsored by Walmart. Hundreds of hot rods, live band, great food, inflatables for the kids and a lots of fun! Visit the Somerset Mall stores as well. Bring your lawnchair and enjoy the evening. Free admission!  
Saturday, May 27th, 8-9:00am, Saturday Morning Fun Run participants meet at Hardees South (stoplight #22 on US 27) for a FREE breakfast (Fun Run participants only) before heading out to our May destination... The Old Mill at Mill Springs featuring the world's largest overshot working waterwheel dating from 1817. Beautiful scenery on this Fun Run!
Saturday, May 27th, 1:00pm Somernites Show & Shine in Downtown Somerset! 
All entrance gates open for the big show! 1000+ show cars and trucks,Meet "Big Daddy" Don Garlits at this show! Vendor Alley, Cruise merchandise, free Swap Meet and great cruisin tunes thru out the show! Mopar Mania featuring classic and modern Chrysler, Dodge, Plymouth rides and more is the this month's Showcase Area.  Free admission! 
Saturday, May 27th, 7:00pm till ???, Cruisin The Strip!
Show vehicles exit the downtown area and head to six-lane US 27 for hot cruising action!  Wall to wall hot rods, classics and customs. You simply have to see it to believe it! Cruise your ride all the way to stoplight #25 and back again! Please obey all posted traffic regulations and enjoy cruising the night away!  
Attention Cruisers in the Ashland, KY area!
The 12th Annual Somernites Power Cruise presented by Holley is coming up on Sat. Sept. 23rd and we want to explore the possibility establishing Ashland, KY as a new Host City and leg of this fun event!
Volunteer's are needed in the Ashland area to coordinate and promote this potential new leg of the Power Cruise. This would be a great project for a car club or group of car buddies who have lots of ties to classic car owners in the area.
If you are interested, please contact our Event Director Keith Floyd by phone at 606-872-2277 or email at
Thanks and Keep on Cruisin'! 
Help us get the word out with Somernites 2017 flyers!
We try to visit lots of shows and meet as many great car owners as we can but, time is limited. So, we need your help getting the word out about Somernites Cruise. Help us reach more classic car owners by spreading the word! We are more than happy to send you 2017 Cruise flyers FREE of charge for you to pass out to fellow car club members or gearhead buddies!
Just drop us an email at with your mailing address and quantity needed. They'll be on their way to you in no time.  Thanks for your support of Somernites Cruise!