July 10 was an absolutely fabulous cruise night at Aviation Plaza! Two Cadillac clubs participated in our "Cadillac night"...the Raritan River Region Cadillac/LaSalle Club (NJ) and the Verrazano Cadillac Club (NY). The parking lot was full with over 300 cars which included 70 Cadillacs. This was our best night ever. It is so nice not having to turn cars away; we have so much space. We can't thank the City of Linden and Mayor Armstead enough!
We were overwhelmed by the amount of dedicated cruisers who showed up at the first cruise night of 2017 despite the threat of thunderstorms. There were at least 225 cars in the parking lot (with a lot of room to spare), a good amount of spectators, and 165 registered cars (which is a record for a first night). A big Thank You to Linden Mayor Derek Armstead and the Linden City Council for their support as well as the kindness from Applebees, Chevys, and Dragonfly. Total registered cars as of 7/24 = 613.
After 28 years, George Thomas, the owner of the Galloping Hill Caterers, will not welcome us back for 2017. After much discussion and pleas from sponsors and NJID (New Jersey Institute for Disabilities--the chosen recipient of our Cruise for a Cause), he has clearly stated that he does not want the Galloping Hill Cruisers to have their cruise night at his establishment. We will NOT be cruising at Galloping Hill, BUT HAVE NO FEAR ......
We are asking all of you to follow us to our new location at Aviation Plaza in Linden.
We have scouted out many locations over the past several months and found that Aviation Plaza can offer many of the benefits that will continue to make our cruise night a great success. Aviation Plaza, 653 West Edgar Road, Linden, NJ (corner of Rts. 1 & 9 and South Stiles Street)
- Six miles south of Galloping Hill Caterers
- Easy access from Routes 95, 278, 287, 440, 1 & 9
- Over 35 stores (guys -- bring your wives to shop)
A- Considerably more parking spaces
Working with a support team, we have met with the Mayor of Linden, the owner of the property and major restaurants located at Aviation Plaza (Applebees, Chevys, and Dragonfly and Pasquale's Pizzeria). All are in favor of the Monday cruise night at this location and indicated that they would help to support our cause. Our cruise nights begin at about 5 p.m. and end at 9 p.m. Trophies are usually awarded at 8:30 p.m. We have a "fan belt toss" contest each night where the winner receives a trophy.
We want to welcome all of our sponsors, friends and fellow cruisers to our new location for our 2017 Cruise for a Cause beginning May 1, 2017. Once again we, along with your help, will be dedicating our efforts in support of the New Jersey Institute for Disabilites (NJID) in their quest to satisfy the needs of disabled children.
-Please patronize our host restaurants -- Applebee's, Dragonfly, Chevys and Pasquale's Pizzeria. They offer a wide variety of food and beverages at reasonable prices. You may eat in the dining rooms or order for take-out. Alcoholic beverages should NOT be removed from the restaurant. If you choose to dine at one of the restaurants, they give discounts if you mention you are with the car show. If you bring your dining receipt to our registration table from Chevy's or Applebees, we will pick a winner for the evening and that winner will receive a free entree or appetizer from Applebee's or Chevy's.
-Rest rooms are available at the host restaurants.
-Although we have more space than in previous years, please be courteous to your fellow cruisers.
-Parking spaces with orange cones are reserved for super sponsors only; the cones are to be moved or removed ONLY by Galloping Hill Cruisers staff. Our sponsors support our show, so please support our sponsors. Please patronize our sponsors as their contributions help support this show. Many of these sponsors will be promoted through the presentation of a trophy in their name. Please visit their store or use their services whenever possible.
-No parking in non-lined parking spaces unless directed by Galloping Hill Cruisers staff.
-For safety and insurance reasons, pop-up tents and canopies are NOT allowed on the show field.
-The Linden Police will be regularly patrolling the parking lot.
-We have a great DJ -- Hot Rod Mike -- at our show. Please refrain from playing loud music during show hours. Mike welcomes requests.
-This is a family oriented cruise night. Please refrain from using foul language.
-Please take home your trash as there are no receptacles around the parking lot.
-Please register your vehicle at the white tent when you arrive. Registration is free. Your registration card is good for the entire season. Please place it on your dashboard or under your wiper to be eligible for a trophy. If you are selected to receive a trophy, you will have a note left on your windshield. Please bring your registration card when trophies are presented. Your registration number is also your door prize number. At each subsequent visit, please check in at the registration tent. The more times you visit our cruise night, the better chance you have of winning our grand prize awarded at our Halloween show.
-There is no charge for cruisers or spectators. However, this is a fund raising show. We encourage you to contribute to our collection bucket at the registration table or when a Galloping Hill Cruiser member presents an NJID donation jar asking for a contribution throughout the evening. Our charity again this year is NJ Institute for Disabilities (www.NJID.org) and the Lakeview School.
-We are here every Monday night starting May 1st. We will have a show on Memorial Day, May 29th. There will be no show on Labor Day, September 4th. Our Halloween extravaganza is October 9th. Our last cruise night for 2017 will be October 23rd..
Thank you for supporting the Galloping Hill Cruisers and NJID/Lakeview School. Have a good time and tell your friends about us!