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About 200 cars line downtown Kincardine for first Cruise Night of the season

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Rob Owens of Kincardine stands with his 1955 Chevrolet Bel-Air which was named Car of the Night during the first Cruise Night of the season, Friday, in downtown Kincardine

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Dan Smith (R) and Dianne Schopf of Paisley get ready to leave in their 1923 Ford T-Bucket Roadster

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Paul French (in red hat) of Mount Brydges chats with the crowd about his 1922 Ford Model-T Touring Car

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Gerry Wettlaufer and "Bear" of Kitchener pose with his 1969 Plymouth Road Runner

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Gregg McClelland sits in the driver's seat of the 2010 Ford Mustang, the Hospital Lottery's top prize

About 200 cars, new and old, vintage and classic, of every make, model and style, lined downtown Kincardine Friday night for the first Cruise Night of the season.

A huge crowd turned out for the event, thanks in part to the sunny, warm weather and clear sky.

Dan Smith of Paisley had his 1923 Ford T-Bucket Roadster on hand for people to view. He bought it eight years ago from a fellow in Walter's Falls who just had it kept in storage.

A lot of time, money and hard work later, the Roadster looks shiny and new, with glistening chrome and leather seats, and everything running beautifully.

Gerry Wettlaufer of Kitchener had his 1969 Plymouth Road Runner on display. The fancy paint job was done in 1972.

Paul French of Mount Brydges was pleased to show off his 1922 Ford Model-T Touring Car with a few upgrades to keep it roadworthy.

Car of the Night went to Rob Owens of Kincardine with his newly-painted 1955 Chevrolet Bel-Air. He has four classic cars that he's fixing up, but this is the only one on the road.

The Kincardine and Community Health Care Foundation had its bright red 2010 Ford Mustang on display, the top prize in the Hospital Lottery, raising money for equipment at the Kincardine hospital.

Gregg McClelland of the foundation, said one-third of the lottery tickets have been sold, and they were selling quickly at Cruise Night. The tickets are $100 each or three for $250. Besides the car, there are numerous other valuable prizes to be won.

The tickets are on sale until the main draw Oct. 16. An early-bird draw will be held Sept. 9. There are only 1,500 tickets available.

Ross Pratt of the Kincardine Cruise Night committee, said there were about 200 cars registered for the Friday night event, but there were likely a few more that didn't register.

He said last year at the Labour Day Cruise Night, the last of the season, about 300 cars took part.

"In the past two to three years, it's been getting bigger and bigger," he said. "The event started several years ago with the Drifters Car Club, and then we took it over. Of course, when the weather's good, you get a lot of cars coming out."

There are two more Cruise Nights this year: July 30 and Sept. 3, 6- 9 p.m.

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Sven Wehrmann (L) and Cale Peister of the KDSS Kinetic Knights demonstrate the robot that was built as part of the robotics program; for more information, check the website at www.team781.com  

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Motorcycles line Harbour Street

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A 1941 Ford Coupe owned by D&B Wallis of Bayfield

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A 1957 Chevrolet Bel-Air owned by Garry Jackson of Wiarton

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A 1938 Plymouth Coupe owned by Dave Phillips of Burlington

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