Annual War Veterans Tribute Cruise In set for Sunday in Bristol

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If you’re looking to salivate over some of the most beautiful and expensive classic cars and motorcycles you’ll ever see, then the third annual War Veterans Tribute Cruise In at the Rhode Island Veterans' Home on Metacom Avenue is the place to be Sunday, Sept. 15.

As event organizer Jerry O’Connor emphasized, “It’s one of the finest automotive enthusiast events in Rhode Island.”

Last year, the War Veterans Tribute Cruise In attracted 540 entrants. The weather was picture perfect.

“It was a beautiful day to pay tribute to the more than 200 resident veterans there,” said Mr. O’Connor. “We go to them because they are limited in their mobility. We’re there to get together with them to share our time, display our vehicles, and raise money for the Rhode Island Veterans' Home Fund.

All proceeds go to the fund, which, this year will help purchase special furnishings in a modernized recreational facility. In addition, the fund supports veterans’ personal needs, such as trips and functions, as well as the purchase of TVs, clothing, and other personal needs.

Mr. O’Connor, a Massachusetts resident, loves paying tribute to the residents of the Veterans' Home in this special way.

“It’s their day,” he noted. “It’s on their grounds (over 12 acres of grass). It’s for their benefit, in the nostalgia that we create and the funds raised to support them, to the selection of the vehicles that will be receiving awards which will be done by a committee of resident veterans.”

Bristol resident and longtime classic cars enthusiast Bob Correira, who will enter his 1946 Ford in the competition, says the War Veterans Tribute Cruise In is a great event for everyone.

“Not only are we helping the veterans,” he said, “but we’re getting all the clubs together and having fun. Everyone really enjoys doing this. It’s great. We get a kick out of the veterans.”

All types of automotive enthusiasts are encouraged to enter. At the conclusion of the show, there will be a parade of vehicles by a reviewing area for those disabled veterans who would otherwise not be able to view them.

Event sponsors include Bay State Street Machines, Bristol County Street Rod Assn., Combat Veterans Motorcycle Assn., Corvette Club of Rhode Island, Cuz’s Car Club, Downshifters of New England, Eastern Mass. Corvette Club, Greenwood Firehouse and Massachusetts Corvette Club.

Also, Mass. Cruisers Auto Club, Model A Restorers Club of Mass., Pacesetters Auto Club, R.I. Street Rodding Assn., South Coast Corvette Club, South Shore Street Rods, U.S. Vets Motorcycle Club and Wheels of Time.

Registration will take place from 9 a.m. to noon, with an awards presentation scheduled for 3 p.m. Admission is $10 per vehicle. There will also be food, beverages, ice cream, music and a raffle. Dog tags are available for the first 500 entrants.

For more information, call Jerry at 508-761-8020 or Bob at 401-723-2016. You can also request information by email at: rintintin1@msn.com.

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