Car buffs cruise into new spot on Wednesdays in Folsom

By: Margaret Snider, Telegraph Correspondent
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Who: The Cappuccino Cruisers
What: Wednesday night cruise-ins
When:  5-9 p.m. Wednesdays through October
Where:  Raley’s/Smashburger Shopping Center, 705 E. Bidwell St., Folsom
e-mail capcruisemaster or call (916) 988-6376
Cost:  No entry fee

FOLSOM, CA - If classic car enthusiasts fail to find Cappuccino Cruisers at the Red Robin on Riley Street on Wednesday evenings, it will be because Red Robin has moved to Palladio, and the car club has moved two blocks away to 705 E. Bidwell St. The Cappuccino Cruisers is going into its 18th year of Wednesday night cruise-ins, as well as special events throughout the season.

The choice of the new location was a natural one.

“Both Raley’s and Smashburger from one time or another have been associated with things that we do, as a sponsor in some way,” said Ray Marchese who, with his wife Chris, founded Cappuccino Cruisers. “When I brought the idea, they jumped at the chance.”

Marchese said that all the merchants in the center invited the event with no reservations.

There were 212 participating cars on April 17, the first night of the season at the new location. Besides the participants, he said, more spectators came, some of whom didn’t cross paths with the event while it was on Riley Street. A number of these may join in with their cars in the future.

“I had a couple of people come up to me who didn’t bring their cars because they had a question as to how things worked,” Marchese said. “They didn’t want to drive their car down or over without knowing all the details.”

Smashburger did double the usual Wednesday business on the car club’s opening night, according to Marchese, who said they had a line going out the front door. Raley’s has also noticed a difference.

“Our customer count has increased on Wednesday evenings and we’re getting a little bit more business later in the evening,” said Justin Smith, Raley’s assistant store director. “It’s brought a lot of excitement into the area and to the parking lot.”

Some participants were new or nearly new to the event. Larry Taylor’s ‘56 Ford F400 truck has been in the family for years; he remembers his father bringing it home when he was around five years old, in the late 60s. He is from Cameron Park and hadn’t been to the previous Red Robin location for years.

“I was told about this one and I said, well, cool, I’ll give it a shot,” Taylor said. “They’ve got a great showing.”

Carl McCoy, owner of McCoy Homes of Folsom, and his wife Marylou have a 1941 Ford convertible and like the new location, though Carl wishes it had more shade.

“We eat somewhere around in the area, usually,” Marylou said, “after we park the car and get it cleaned up and ready to show.”

Scott and Kitty Bailey of Folsom didn’t bring their car, but enjoyed the show. They have a 3,500 horsepower, ‘68 Chevy Camaro that will go 250 mph.

“It’s all about the music and the cars,” Scott said. “It doesn’t really matter where it’s at as long as you’ve got good hot rods and good old time music.”

The last cruise-in of each month will be a theme night; in May it will be wagons, woodies, and sedan deliveries night. On that last Wednesday of the month, everyone attending is asked to bring a nonperishable food item for the local food bank.

Since 1995, with the contributions of canned food, toys, and money, over $136,000 has been raised and given back to the community, Marchese said.