WKTV Community Television & Media and the Wyoming-Kentwood Chamber of Commerce are celebrating the 10 th year of Metro Cruise with production of a prestigious red carpet event entitled “Metro Cruise—The Concourse!”
On Friday night starting at 8pm, in the parking lot at the old Klingman’s building across from Rogers Plaza, twenty- five foot tall red drapes will part to reveal rare, one–of –a kind vehicles as they roll down a 100 foot long red carpet before a live audience and hosted by David Knisley from SPEED Television and Kim Carson from WLAV FM.
“Some of the car collectors call it Oscar night for car collectors,” said Tom Norton, producer of the show. “We have a huge amount of volunteers who spend six months getting ready for the show and this year we’re proud to say that classic collectors from all over Michigan and some from Wisconsin are bringing their rare vehicles for the show.”
Cars include a 1935 Cadillac La Salle, 1936 Stout-Scarab, 1936 Ford Woody Wagon, 1937 Packard 2 Door Convertible, 1938 Rolls Royce Wraith, 1957 Jaguar, and a 1961 Imperial Crown—just to name a few. Additionally, this year’s red carpet event is a salute to classic car clubs with special appearances by the West Michigan Rodders Club, West Michigan Buick Club and the West Michigan Cobra Club.
One extraordinary treat and secret to be revealed on the red carpet is two vehicles from the Ken Lingenfelter Collection. One of the largest classic car collections in the country, Ken Lingenfelter is bringing two of his favorite picks from his immense collection and both will be revealed when the red drapes open. Last year’s Lamborghini Reventon at 1.8 million dollars was a show stopper.
To amp the show up a little more, the East Kentwood Marching Band, 200 strong will open the show with a fanfare in a salute to the music of Queen.
The Metro Cruise event as a whole spans Friday and Saturday with the red carpet show taking place Friday night at 8pm. In 2013 over 300,000 visitors came to Metro Cruise and there were over 15,000 Classic Cars. It’s an event that is popular for the entire family.