The Clinton Township Gratiot Cruise’s early days began when the original committee, with the support of the Township Supervisor, Bob Cannon, a few businesses such as Dorian Ford, Moran Chevrolet and the Alibi Inn had to fight to host the cruise.
Public meetings were held and concerns about drag racing and traffic nightmares were all put to rest and the Clinton Township Gratiot Cruise was born. The first event had thousands of people and thousands of cars.
Although the committee’s primary concern was always to share their love of classic cars and hot rods with the community, the Clinton Township Gratiot Cruise has always had a family-friendly component.
Linda Walter, Director of the Clinton Township Parks & Recreation Department, somehow outdid herself every year, from planning box car derbies to painting real cars, she brought cars to life for the kids. Over the years, she made sure that more than 20,000 kids left the cruises with a smile.