>Dave Niley’s Fifties Cruise-In … Saturday, September 11th in downtown Greenville


Dave Niley joined a small group of fellow Chevrolet enthusiasts to help with the formation of a Greenville Cruise-In featuring 55, 56, and 57 Chevys about 21 years ago. Although the event, held the first Saturday in September after Labor Day, has been held on Broadway for years, the first three years the Cruise-In was held at the old Colony Restaurant. According to Dave, the first year featured 200 cars and was considered a success. 600 cars were entered in 2009 and more are expected this year.

The group/club that exists primarily to conduct the FIFTIES CRUISE-IN currently has 18 members but would welcome additional members that are interested in working to make this and the other two cruise-ins conducted over the year a success. The expressed reason for these events is a love of the vintage Chevys coupled with a love of their home town — Greenville. As a footnote, Mrs. Niley, Karen, is the proud owner of a 57 Chevy Indian Ivory & Blue convertible. This is considered a rare and treasured vehicle that Dave said, “I would like to have that car but Karen will not sell”.

The Cruise-Ins are a not for profit effort that attempts to break even by charging a small entrance fee for the competitors. The fee pays for the prizes, gifts and entertainments. Dave mentioned that last year people attended the event from all the adjacent states besides all regions of Ohio. Dave said that a group of over ten thousand was estimated to be on Broadway when the greatest numbers of people were present. Last years’ attendance estimate was between eight and ten thousand people. Based on the available area on Broadway and the side streets less the area set aside for the cars, there is room for about ten thousand people but remember people are coming and going at all times. The Niley estimate is very reasonable.

All the money received is used to conduct the Cruise-Ins and to maintain the club with all the excess contributed to local charities. The Club would welcome help from business sponsors. There are door prizes and contests for the kids and even adults.

The objective of this event is to show off the Chevys, any other vintage cars and the positive features of Greenville — such as the Broadway façade and the warmth of Greenville folks. This has proven to be a successful formula for the last 21 years. The positive attitude displayed by Dave and Karen Niley should help the CRUISE-IN continue to be a success. See all of you there.

  1. #1 by Anonymous on August 24, 2010 - 8:22 pm

    >This has always been a great car show. Thanks to Dave Niley and the others that work hard to put the show on.

  2. #2 by Anonymous on August 25, 2010 - 12:05 am

    >What a slap in the face for the young people. The old hypocrites relive the 1950s and 1960s in downtown Greenville, but cruising is now illegal.

  3. #3 by Anonymous on August 25, 2010 - 12:39 am

    >8:05-why do you think cruising is now illegal? When we cruised we stayed in our cars. (got out only for Chinese fire drill). Did not park backwards in parking spaces in trucks with speakers in the back blaring. Never saw anyone out on the streets smoking and carrying on. We had good clean driving from Broadway to Frisch's and back never really causing any problems that I can remember. I think the young people of today ruined for themselves.

  4. #4 by Guest#1 on August 25, 2010 - 3:33 pm

    >The car show is fun, They draw some great old cars and a big crowd.

  5. #5 by Anonymous on August 25, 2010 - 6:58 pm

    >@8:39 Yeah, it was quite the Utopian society back than… FAIL

  6. #6 by Anonymous on August 25, 2010 - 8:16 pm

    >"Anonymous August 24, 2010 8:05 PMWhat a slap in the face for the young people. The old hypocrites relive the 1950s and 1960s in downtown Greenville, but cruising is now illegal."Why don't you explain how cruising is illegal?

  7. #7 by Anonymous on August 26, 2010 - 1:43 pm

    >I was from the generation between the true cruisers and the youngsters that felt parking and walking around peeing on bldgs and graffiti was "acceptable". We felt the parkers/walkers were trouble even back then. Cruising was definately a great thing, but as most things, good things must come to an end. So sad.

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