Out of all the years that I’ve heard great things about the massive cruise in events in Somerset, Kentucky, I finally made the trip for the first time last month. I didn’t actually plan on going to this particular event, but Coker Tire sponsored the Power Cruise and hosted a starting point in Chattanooga, so I figured I’d support the cause. I’m sure glad I did, because it was a great way to spend the weekend.
Coker Tire had a kickoff party on the Friday night before the cruise, so I drove the Corvette to work that day. Fellow Coker employees helped with the kickoff deal, by cooking some tasty burgers and hot dogs. We definitely had a good time and ended up with about 40 cars in attendance.
The next morning, Christina and I hopped in the Corvette and met up with the gang, as they passed through Dayton on Highway 27. We would stay on 27 for the duration of the trip, so it turned out to be a nice, medium-speed cruise to Somerset. My car is low geared, so I enjoyed the back roads, compared to interstate speeds.
We arrived in Somerset a little after noon, and the place was already packed. A steady line of cars would work its way into the downtown area for the remainder of the day, resulting in an overall turnout of 1,737 cars. I made a lap of the place, making sure to stop by the swap meet area first. I found a couple of Kelsey Hayes Magstar wheels for cheap, so I grabbed them as a souvenir. I’d never heard of a Magstar being made with a large bolt pattern, so I figured they were pretty rare.
From there, we walked a good bit and I took plenty of pictures of cars with Coker Tires, as well as stuff that I like. When it was all over, we fired up the Corvette and cruised the strip for a while. The cops seemed to be fairly active, so we didn’t see much action, aside from one good burnout by an LS1-powered Trans Am. The next morning, we made the three-hour drive home and thankfully made the trip without any problems. It was a lot of fun, so I think we’ll be attending the Somernites Cruise In more often in 2013. Click HERE for a full gallery from the event!