Downtown Vineland: Remember When

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By Russell Swanson, Exec. Director, VDID / Main Street Vineland


A Columnist for the Grapevine Newspaper


Chrome, fins, and muscle cars ruled the Avenue? Well, they return for a few hours on June 11.
Remember the days when kids cruised up and down Landis Avenue in their hot cars? It was the days when cars had lots of chrome and fins, and when muscle cars ruled the road. Well, you can recapture those times for a few hours when Cruise Down Memory Lane returns to the Avenue for the 25th year on Saturday, June 11 from 5 to 10 p.m., or the next day from 2 to 7 p.m., in case of rain.
Main Street Vineland will be organizing this annual Vineland tradition, which is being coordinated by the Cruise Down Memory Lane Committee.
Landis Avenue will be filled with more than 2,000 American cars—over one mile of cars—and is open to street rods, muscle cars, stock or custom classics, rat rods, and cruisers.
Some ground rules will be in order for participants. The gates will open at 5 p.m. at West Avenue and East Avenue and all participating vehicles must enter through the gate. At 6:30 p.m., the gates will close and cars will remain parked for display. Participants can cruise the Avenue starting at 8:30 p.m., or remain parked. The event is open to American marque cars only. They must be 1974 or older, unless it is a highly modified late-model or a car entering with a legitimate car club. No motorcycles or foreign cars are allowed. Admission is subject to the Cruise Down Memory Lane staging and gate personnel. Ineligible vehicles will be towed away at the owner’s expense. Any car club entry must enter the gates with their club.
Some extra added attractions will be on hand for those attending, including live music, a DJ, and a live remote from radio station WVLT 92.1. You can also take in food and auto-related vendors.
Thousands of people, whether they’re classic car buffs or people just out to have some fun, all love it. We’re proud of this event because it draws people to Vineland from all over and makes our downtown a true summer destination for fun events—something that it’s been doing for a quarter of a century.
If you need more information on the Cruise, call Marv at 856-697-6306 or, the day at the show at 609-442-4083, or by e-mailing him at marvin350@hotmail.com. You can also call the Main Street Vineland office at 856-794-8653.
I’ll have lots to report in future columns on my trip to the National Main Streets Conference in Milwaukee, so stay tuned.
Make downtown Vineland your destination for your shopping needs, as well as for fun all year round. Save money on gasoline, avoid the long lines at the big-box stores, malls, and shopping centers—and also enjoy the events we have in town.
For more information on Main Street Vineland, call 856-794-8653, visit mainstreetvineland.org or check them out on Facebook. You can also e-mail rswanson@vinelandcity.org.