Vrooom! North Hudson to celebrate car tradition May 3

The North Hudson Cruise-in and Dragway Reunion is set to take place Saturday, May 3, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The North Hudson Cruise-in and Dragway Reunion is set to take place Saturday, May 3, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

— It’s a celebration of all things automotive as well as a remembrance of the rich racing tradition of the smallest town in Essex County.

The seventh annual North Hudson Classic Car Cruise-in and Dragway Reunion will take place Saturday, May 3, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the North Hudson firehouse.

“It all started seven years ago with the Schroon/North Hudson Historical Society as a way to bring together cars from the drag strip along with people who brought out their own classic cars and hot rods,” April Bessey said of the event. “Someone said that we should make this an annual event, and it has just ballooned from there.”

In 2013, Bessey said there were between 60 and 70 cars with around 300 people coming out to see and talk autos.

The event is unique since it does not charge a registration fee or have prizes.

“People tell us that they like that part of the event,” said Bessey, whose father-in-law was one of the pioneers at the former North Hudson drag strip. “It’s the first chance for everyone to come out for a show and get together to talk about cars.”

The event features classic vehicles from the 1930’s through modern automotive marvels. There are also several racing and drag cars that make an appearance, including the Flying Farmer, which Bessey said always takes center stage.

Along with the cars, the event also features a 50/50 raffle and other raffles throughout the day.

“We have some gracious businesses and groups that donate prizes to be raffled off,” Bessey said. “We have had enough prizes to where we have had raffle drawings every 20 minutes.”

The North Hudson Women’s Auxiliary will be providing coffee, donuts, snacks and lunch. Wagon rides around the town beach are also planned as part of the day.

For more information, contact Bessey at 532-7877.

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