All makes and models at Kingtown Cruise In


                                                                                                           Photo by Christy Porter
The weather on Saturday was perfect for the Kingtown Cruise In, where the cars shone, 
the food smelled delicious and the conversation was like-minded.
By Christy Porter
Managing Editor

Classic cars and motorcycles of all years, makes and models, with their owners, were represented at the third annual Kingtown Cruise In held in Licking on Saturday.
Coordinators Dennis King and Doug Hebblewaite host the cruise in as a tribute, in memory of Hebblewaite’s father, Danny Hebblewaite, who passed away several years ago. King was Danny’s nephew, but “more like a brother,” stated King. The three shared a love of vintage vehicles, with Danny owning up to 20-25 over a period of many years, most being Chevrolet Chevelles, which he was partial too. King now maintains numerous rides and enjoys the camaraderie of fellow lovers of the vintage, powerful and unique. Bragging rights and burnouts were for fun only.
                                                             Photo by Christy Porter
Dennis King (center) visits with attendees at Saturday’s Kingtown Cruise In. 
King hosts and co-coordinates the event with Doug Hebblethwaite 
in memory of Doug’s father, Danny Hebblethwaite.
Prior to Danny’s passing, he often wanted to go to other cruise in events but was not always physically able, so the three had discussed doing a cruise in locally. They didn’t get it organized before he went into a nursing home. King said, “Three years ago Doug came to me and said, ‘Let’s do a cruise in, in memory of Dad.’”
This was the beginning of the Kingtown Cruise In. Attendance continues to be good with an estimated 200 people and 55 vehicles counted, coming and going this year. Stephen Gale, with Stevie’s Small Town Karaoke & DJ, provided classic hits music.
Everyone was welcome, with King and Hebblewaite providing 200 hamburgers, 200 hot dogs, chips and water again this year for all attendees, while it lasted. Desserts were available for purchase at the Wildcat Travel Club Bake Sale; the club also held a BB Poker Shoot and had corn hole raffle tickets for sale. The World Travel Club had a booth selling Cajun Spices and .243 Ruger Rifle raffle tickets. Kingtown Cruise In t-shirts were also available.
Car enthusiasts from Licking and the Route 63 Car Club, Salem and the Current River Cruisers, Rolla, Mansfield, Mtn. View, Winona, Birchtree, Ozark, Eldon, Columbia, Fulton and California, Mo., attended the event to show off their vehicles, enjoy others vehicles and socialize with like-minded aficionados.
Photos by Christy Porter

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