Golf carts were one of the biggest hits at a car show.

Golf carts were one of the biggest hits at a car show.

Brenda Pinnell, chairwoman of the Clintonville Area Chamber of Commerce's annual "Cruise the Ville," held Aug. 22 at Whetstone Park, said that transportation to and from the parking area for the celebration of all things vehicular was a real crowd pleaser.

"The residents really loved it," Pinnell said. "I'm telling you they were thrilled."

Members of the local Kiwanis Club and representatives of the chamber board volunteered to drive the carts throughout the daylong event.

A hog roast put on by Weiland's Gourmet Market also was wildly popular, as were the kayak demonstrations offered by Clintonville Outfitters.

"That went great," Pinnell said. "We need to promote that even more next year."

Some local Boy Scouts staged a Pinewood Derby, organized more or less at the last minute, in the park's shelter house, and they have plans for an even bigger version next year, Pinnell said.

A motorcyclist showed up to register, as did a man who uses a motorized wheelchair.

"He wanted to register his electric wheelchair, God love him," Pinnell said.

He did, too, and won a trophy since his was the only entry in the category.

The Gas Pump Jockeys brought their loyal following to the entertainment portion of the day.

But, of course, the point of an event called a "cruise" is cars, and cars there were.

People with that special jalopy or that customized creation or that mint-condition vintage auto began lining up at 8:30 a.m., even though registration wasn't supposed to start until 10, Pinnell said. By the time people registering vehicles threw up their hands and just let more cars come in, 232 drivers had signed up, Pinnell said.

On hand were Alpha Romeos, Ford Mustangs, Corvettes and even an Avanti. The oldest car dated to 1932, while the manager of a local Verizon Wireless store brought his $100,000 2009 Audi.

"It took people's breath away," Pinnell said. "We just had every type of vehicle imaginable."

In spite of chilly weather and some drizzle, the chairwoman estimated more than 100 cars participated in the cruise portion of the gathering. The vehicles went north on High Street, east on Morse Road, south on Indianola and west on Arcadia Avenue.

"The parade of cars was much better attended by residents this year," Pinnell said.

For the first time this year, organizers had special edition T-shirts made, and Pinnell believes a new tradition has been established.

"We almost sold out," she said. "There's only a few left. We were very pleased that sold so well, so we will be designing a new T-shirt next year.

"We've come a long way."