Car Cruise - Lauri Ann West Community Center

 Lauri Ann West Community Center’s Inaugural Cruisin’ at the Community Center is August 14

Lee Borczyk with grandson, Johnny, open the hood of his 1954 Chevrolet 210 Two Door Sedan.

Join auto aficionados, hot rodders, collectors, gear heads and enthusiasts Sunday, August 14 for the Lauri Ann West Community Center’s inaugural Cruisin’ at the Community Center. The event is presented by the legendary Chip Ganassi Racing.

Guests can expect more than 80 vehicles showcased at this classic pull-up and park car cruise at the Community Center’s picturesque hilltop location in O’Hara Township. Antique, custom, sports, muscle, luxury models, in-progress cars and more will all be featured. Trucks are also welcome. 

Enjoy hearing the stories behind each vehicle from those who build, restore and maintain them while getting an up-close look.

Lee Borczyk of West Deer Township and Keith Cassidy of Indiana Township are the leading advisors for the event. Given their love of cars and experience with car cruises, they have been instrumental in getting the word out to the car cruise community. Borczyk spent years restoring a 1954 Chevrolet 210 Two Door Sedan. Cassidy owns a 2002 Mercedes-Benz SL500 AMG and serves on the operating committee of the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix. He has also been attending car shows since the 70s, noting the camaraderie and inspiration they promote. “This event is designed to bring the community together while fostering interest for youngsters to get involved in cars and car shows as a hobby,” Cassidy says. “Restorations/rebuilds are great father and son projects, bridging generations and creating lifetime memories,” he adds.

Keith Cassidy of Indiana Township in his 2002 Mercedes-Benz SL500 AMG.

Food trucks are also part of this family-friendly event. Mr. Bulgogi Korean BBQ (12-2pm), Pittsburgh Crepes (1-3pm), DJ’s Steaks (2-4pm) and Let’s Taco (3-5pm) will overlap in two-hour windows. Aspinwall Everyday Gourmet Café will have a pop-up tent with additional gourmet food options.

Raffles are also a reason to stop by as area businesses have contributed an array of items. Gift baskets to be raffled include a collection of car care products from Advance Auto Parts, a Dining Around the District basket featuring gift cards from local restaurants and a For the Ladies basket. Attendees can also get their name in the hat for a 50/50 drawing and a Huffy 16” Rock It Boys Sidewalk Bike generously donated by Walmart.

“These are the kinds of events we love to do here at the Lauri Ann West Community Center. We love having families come out from all over the Fox Chapel Area School District and beyond. It’s all about sharing stories and food and making memories together. We hope everyone reading this will come out and join in the fun!” says Nadine Ostrowski who handles community outreach for the Lauri Ann West Community Center.

The event runs 12-5pm and admission is free. There is also no fee to park and show your vehicle. While there is no competition/prizes, dash plaques will be given to the first 100 participating vehicles.

For more information, visit The Lauri Ann West Community Center is located at 1220 Powers Run Road in Fox Chapel.

About the Lauri Ann West Community Center: The Lauri Ann West Community Center inspires community engagement through arts and cultural programing, childhood enrichment, and top-notch health and fitness offerings. Located at 1220 Powers Run Road on an eleven-acre park-like setting in the Township of O’Hara, the Community Center was founded in 1982 by a group of dedicated citizens who sought to keep the former elementary school open as a community resource. We service the 6 municipalities that comprise the Fox Chapel Area School District and our work is made possible by the support of our donors, members and friends.

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