The annual event again will run from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Edward N. Hines Drive between Nankin Mills on Ann Arbor Trail in Westland, and Outer Drive in Dearborn Heights. This year, the entrance will be moved to the service drive entrance to Hines from Merriman Road, between Warren Avenue and Ann Arbor Trail.
According to Don Nicholson (whose Don Nicholson Enterprises, L.L.C. runs the event), to be admitted to the park from Merriman on cruise day, a motorist must be driving any car model which is 25 years or older, or a car that is personalized in some way.
“It doesn't have to be modified in any specific fancy way, but you have to make your car,” Nicholson said. “One guy had a Ford Escort.”
When the vehicles are admitted to the park, he said, they will receive a program, and a mini street sign reading “I Cruised Hines Park,” which Cruisin Hines received from Cruisnews Magazine. There will be “all kinds of fun stuff,” food vendors providing service to cruisers throughout the route, Nicholson said, as well as product vendors setting up by the Nankin Mills area.
Spectators will be allowed to drive into the park at Warrendale, Telegraph and Merriman Road to park and view the cruise, though Nicholson warned that Merriman Hollow will be filling up quickly. He said people will also be allowed to park at what was once the Perrinville School so they can enter Nankin Mills.
The August 25 event is the only auto cruise held in the metro area on Sunday, Nicholson said, because Hines Drive is closed to auto traffic on Saturdays during the summer to allow hikers and bikers to use the park. But walkers will be welcome to use the park during Cruisin' Hines, he added, as the hiking and biking trail will remain open throughout.
“We allow bicycles to join our party, even if they don't allow us to join theirs (on Saturday),” Nicholson said.
Another activity taking place during the cruise will be a Car Show & Family Fest taking place at Crosspointe Church in Wayne, on Glenwood Street between Wayne and Newburgh Roads. At the end of the show around 4-5 p.m., Nicholson said a caravan will start down Newburgh to Hines Drive, and continue on down at least as far as Nankin Mills, though he added some of the vehicles could continue on from there to drive the entire Cruisin' Hines route.
Even before though the 2013 Cruisin' Hines takes place Sunday, Nicholson revealed that plans for the 2014 cruise are already being worked on, as an Australian auto club has inquired about participating then.
On the first year of the cruise, were 24,371 vehicles participating. In the second year, there were 40,000 participants who turned out for the event, and Nicholson counted almost 2,000 phone inquiries he's received on the cruise by Friday night.
“We are expecting a big crowd, and the weather will be beautiful, with no chance of rain,” Nicholson said.
For more information, phone (734) 658-5296, or go to the website www.cruisinhines.com.