Classic cars make the loop during Cruzin’ to Colby in downtown Everett on May 28, 2017. (Kevin Clark / Herald file)

Classic cars make the loop during Cruzin’ to Colby in downtown Everett on May 28, 2017. (Kevin Clark / Herald file)

Vintage cars will rule the road at Everett’s Cruzin’ to Colby

The annual show this weekend makes downtown “the place to play on Memorial Day.”

EVERETT — A century of gleaming hot rods and cool cars will take over downtown.

The car show Cruzin’ to Colby is back for the Memorial Day weekend tradition.

“We are going to have 100 years’ worth of cars there,” organizer Scott Pattison said. “We will have something from the 1920s to 2022.”

About 300 cars have signed up for the 6 to 9 p.m. controlled cruise on Sunday along Colby and Hewitt avenues.

“They’ll cruise for a bit and pull over and then hang out with their buddies. It’s a real social event,” Pattison said. Spectators will get a chance to admire the cars and envy the owners.

Monday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. is the “show and shine,” with over 400 cars on display, plus food venues and live music.

Cars include a 1932 Ford three-window coupe, ’57 Corvette, ’59 MGA Roadster, ’65 convertible Volkswagen Beetle and “a lot of first-generation Camaros,” Pattison said.

The event draws thousands of people downtown.

“Our motto is, ‘The place to play on Memorial Day,’” Pattison said. “Last year we had to make it, ‘The place to play on Labor Day.’”

The weekend in 2021 was changed due to the pandemic.

This is the 22nd year for the car show. It should be the 23rd.

COVID-19 canceled the car show in 2020, but there was a last-minute neighborhood cruise when drivers of the vintage beauties cruised north Everett and residents watched the spectacle from their yards and front porches.

New this year is a kickoff concert at 5 p.m. Saturday, featuring Everclear and Tonic with Spirit Award.

“We’re closing one block of Colby, between Everett Avenue and California Street,” Pattison said. “It’s a beer garden with a stage and live music.”

Restaurants will be open and there will be a food truck at the Saturday concert for ages 21 and older.

The events on Sunday and Monday are for all ages.

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