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21st annual IIM, Inc. Cruisin Sherwood a day of fun and firsts

by: Ray Pitz Visitors to this year's IIM, Inc. Cruisin’ Sherwood got a chance to view more than 525 vehicles including this 1932 Packard 903 Coupe.

Record crowds, great classic, custom, and special interest vehicles, super weather and a series of 'first time evers' made this year's Cruisin' truly memorable.

The first ever Cruisin' marriage proposal was compelled by 'the weather, the day, the excitement. It just felt right,' explained the groom-to-be. His betrothed's 'yes' was broadcast throughout the town by show D.J. Scott Tom to a cheering crowd.

'For the first time at a traditional car show, nearly one dozen electric powered vehicles collected to draw lots of questions for the hobbyists presenting their expertise and passion,' noted Chamber of Commerce President Scott Johnson. 'Visitors and car exhibitors alike were interested in this type of custom car,' he added. The Oregon Electric Vehicle Association members spent the day explaining their technology and comparing volts, watts and amps to horsepower, torque and fuel mileage.

'Over 150 volunteers managed about 525 registered cars, trucks, motorcycles, military vehicles and even a tank, once again making Cruisin' something for everyone. We are glad to be a part of the show,' said Tracy Hebrock, CFO of IIM, Inc., Cruisin' title sponsor.

The show included 70 vendors and served an estimated 20,000 spectators. Over 30 sponsors, led by IIM, Inc, helped make the show possible.

The partnership of the Sherwood Cruisers Car Club, The Sherwood Chamber of Commerce and the City of Sherwood covers all aspects of the show, from the blinding smoke of the burn out competition, to the fun diversion of the Kid Zone to first aid to trash patrol. The Cruisers Car Club focused its energy on safely parking show vehicles and registering owners for trophy judging.

'It takes a huge community effort to stage one of the largest car shows in the state,' Bruton said. 'Citizens let us take over their neighborhoods and streets, an army of individuals and groups from churches and companies volunteer to do the legwork and businesses sponsor to help everyone enjoy great cars and a great community,' she added.