Cities preparing for Telegraph Tomorrow Cruise Saturday


Cruisin’ Telegraph
Photo courtesy of Robert Ankrapp
Classic cruisers of all kinds will converge on Telegraph Road Saturday for the annual Telegraph Tomorrow Cruise. From 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., vehicles will cruise from Eureka Road in Taylor to Puritan in Redford Township.

By SHERRI KOLADE and JAMES MITCHELL
Sunday Times Newspapers

The annual Telegraph Tomorrow Car Cruise will take to the streets between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Saturday.

Classic car lovers from throughout southeast Michigan will meet on Telegraph Road and the route will take vehicles along Telegraph and through the cities of Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Taylor and Redford.

It is expected that the event will bring in thousands of drivers and spectators.

Several business owners and business operators along the Telegraph corridor plan to make their parking lots available for cruisers and spectators while other local businesses are hosting cruise-related events, according to a Dearborn Heights press release.

Dearborn Heights Mayor Dan Paletko, a classic car owner and car enthusiast, said in the press release he is looking forward to welcoming fellow classic car buffs to the city.

“We’re expecting another great cruise this year,” Paletko said in the press release. “We always look forward to welcoming a lot of beautiful cars to Dearborn Heights, along with a host of spectators. It’s shaping up to be a great day.”

Dearborn Heights Police Chief Lee Gavin said in a press release his staff is ready and prepared for the expected traffic and high rate of visitors in the area.

“We’re planning for another fun, safe event in Dearborn Heights,” Gavin said in a press release. “Our goal is for cruisers and spectators alike to have a safe, enjoyable day.”

Dozens of events large and small are available to cruisers and spectators. Options in Taylor include:

• The “Official Pit Stop” in Taylor will be Telegraph Dodge-Chrysler-Jeep, 12000 Telegraph, open to the public to park, listen to live music from 12:30 to 5 p.m., grab a free water or enjoy the concessions. Elise Muntian said the Pit Stop includes a tent near the band stand, and restroom facilities will be available to the public;

• Drinks Saloon, 9015 Telegraph, has been ranked among the top destinations for the Cruise, and manager Barbara Bowles said the tradition continues.

“We’ll be doing our usual with a pre-party on Friday,” Bowles said.

A disc jockey will be at work in an outdoor tent throughout the cruise, and food and refreshments will be available inside and out.

“When the cruise is over, come on inside,” Bowles said.

For more information on the 2012 Telegraph Tomorrow Cruise, including information on support opportunities for local businesses, contact Bob Ankrapp at 313-277-7405, or email him at rankrapp@ci.dearborn-heights.mi.us.

(Sherri Kolade can be reached at skolade@bewickpublications.com. James Mitchell can be reached at jmitchell@bewickpublications.com.)