Engines will be roaring this weekend as classic cars and show bikes roll into downtown Jamestown.
The Downtown Jamestown Development Corporation will be celebrating the 9th Annual Thunder In The Streets and the 20th Annual Downtown Cruisin' Friday.
More than just cars and bikes, the events have been tailored to entertain crowds of all ages. During Thunder in the Streets, which will run from noon to 11 p.m., there will be several shows from Team FMX, a stunt team. The shows will be staged at 2:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. In past events, other stunt teams including the Star Boyz have been on hand to dazzle the audience with their daring acts.
"Although Thunder is only a one-day event, we are still planning a top-notch event for all motorcycle enthusiasts. We would like to invite all motorcycle clubs and organizations to take part in the event by having a display or setting up a booth within the event," said Ashley Anderson, DJDC special events coordinator. "This is a community event, and we want to support all of our local motorcycle clubs."
The Downtown Cruisin' will take place from 5 to 11 p.m., and will occupy the entire core of downtown Jamestown. Event officials expect hundreds of custom-made, classic and antique cars and trucks to turn out for the show. Cruisin' will also feature special guests as it has in past years. In 2011, visitors were treated to the sight of KITT from the television series "Knight Rider," the General Lee from "The Dukes of Hazzard" and Herbie the Love Bug.
"Cruisin' is always one of the most anticipated events in downtown. Thousands of people come out onto the street and enjoy the hundreds of vehicles that are on display," said Anderson.
The Untouchables, who have played at the Cruisin' in past years, will be providing a soundtrack for the evening. The band, which has gigs around the Western New York area, will be performing classic hits on the corner of Third and Main streets from 7 to 11 p.m.
Due to the increased number of participants this year, there will not be a cruise into downtown. But, all vehicles are still required to check in at the Jamestown High School parking lot. Registration for the event is currently open, and there is a $5 donation required to enter a vehicle into the show.
During the event, West Third Street, Cherry Street, Pine Street, North Main Street and Spring Street will be closed after 3 p.m. to accommodate the incoming show vehicles. The DJDC requests that individuals parking in the downtown area find alternative parking beginning at 3 p.m.
For more information on the two events, visit discoverjamestown.com or call 664-2477.