- Q: If I come to the cruise, where can I find a place to stay or eat
One thing that you'll love about the Cruise - in addition to all of the awesome CARS that will be there - is the Fantastic 28th Street Shopping and Dining! There are many, hotels and restaurants throughout the entire area, too - lots of them right on 28th Street! Many of them are having great specials for Metro Cruise visitors.
Check out the listing of Wyoming-Kentwood Area Chamber Member Hotels and Restaurants and begin making your plans now!
- Q: Will there be a printed program available
We will produce an Official magazine style Souvenir Program for this event. They will be available at NO CHARGE at all of the Official Display Areas along 28th Street. An electronic version will be posted on website.
- Q: Can I reserve a place to park my classic car at the Cruise
Starting in 2008 a limited number of pre-paid reserved spaces were made available to groups with 10 or more cars. The 2016 event plans are in process and reserved spaces for clubs of 10 or more cars will be able to reserve again. Please contact Gregg Howard at 616-719-6494 for more information.
- Q: How do I register my car for the cruise
No pre-registration of vehicles is necessary! The 28th Street Metro Cruise® is an open event and welcomes all vehicles to join in the fun!
- Q: Do I have to pay to bring my car to the Metro Cruise
We may make a limited number of premium parking spaces available on a reserved parking basis as a courtesy to some Cruisers as a result of suggestions that we received from prior year events.
Out of some 15,000-plus Special Interest Cars that participate in the Cruise each year, we have fewer than 200 reserved parking spaces in total.
That is less than 0.15% of the total spaces available on 28th Street and less than 6% of the total spaces available.
All the rest of the parking at the Metro Cruise® this year was what 28th Street shopping is famous for - acres and acres and acres of FREE Parking!
- Q: Can we leave my normal driving car parked there overnight on Thur or Fri to save our place
Overnight parking is not allowed at Rogers Plaza. Any cars left in the lot after the mall closes at 9:00 pm will be towed at the owner's expense.
Other lots may be subject to overnight parking prohibitions. Any cars parked overnight will be at the owner's risk. The police departments will be out, though, looking for unruly behavior.
- Q: How many years has the cruise been held
2005 was the event's Inaugural year. We have utilized the vast experience of many local car clubs and other auto enthusiasts to run a well-organized event based on the successes of other similar shows and have learned over the years! We are look forward to an even bigger and better Metro Cruise each year!
- Q: How many cars do you expect to display and how many visitors to the area do you anticipate
In our 2005 Inaugural year, we had planned to host 500 to 700 Special Interest Cars and up to 2,500 Visitors to the area. That first year, we hosted 4,500 Special Interest Cars and more than 125,000 people!
In August 2006, the Metro Cruise had 8,500 Cars and just over 185,000 Visitors! And our third annual event in 2007 ,our fist two-day event, hosted over 15,000 unique vehicles and over 230,000 event attendees. 2008 exceeded all expectations with over 15,000 vehicles and a crowd of over 300,000! As you can see, each year has continued to grow and we look forward to the same this year.
We have welcomed visitors from all over the United States and look forward to a great turnout. We'll welcome everyone who comes! Let's have a Great Show, Good Times and a SAFE weekend!
- Q: Who may I enter into formal transactions with on this great Cruise Event
The 28th Street Metro Cruise ® is a project and activity of the Wyoming-Kentwood Area Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
Committee members may and will be engaging in conversations with all kinds of vendors and will start preliminary negotiations, get prices, help determine quantities, etc. That's a big part of our individual duties.
However, ONLY the Chamber President or the current Chamber Board of Directors Chairman may actually bind the organization, sign contracts or issue Purchase Orders, which will only happen after committee action.
- Q: Why is the Chamber of Commerce organizing this event
The Chamber provides the Metro Cruise® as a vehicle to put the spotlight on the vital 28th Street and surrounding business districts, tapping into West Michigan's 100-year old love affair with the automobile! The Chamber, itself a non-profit organization, utilizes the event to raise some funds for its own activities as well as the Wyoming-Kentwood Area Chamber Foundation.