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Hot-Roddin' and Rollin' -- Chromed-out Parrot Key Cruise-Ins return Monday

September 29, 2016
Melissa Schneider - Editor ( , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Get ready to take in a managery of classically chromed-out coupes, radiantly revved-up hot rods and sexy, stunningly sophisticated supercars, as the folks of Parrot Key Caribbean Grill, 2500 Main St., kick their seasonal Cruise-In Car Shows into overdrive, with the first show rolling through Monday, Oct. 3, beginning at 5 p.m.

A continued hot-rod-haven year after year, Salty Sam's marketing director RJ Snider expects the first show of the season to be fueled with lots of classic cars from all automobile eras.

"Last year, for the first show, we saw 50 cars. This year we are expecting more!" he eagerly stated. "We have a good group of guys who show up to almost every show. Some belong to local car clubs and some do not, but we always have a lot of Corvettes and Model As that show up to show off their stuff."

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Sweet, sexy Chevelle. Photo by MELISSA SCHNEIDER.

At any given P.K. Cruise-In Car Show, a perusing car enthusiast can spot hot rods and rat rods, Model As and Model Ts, Porsches, Lambos, rag-top country cruisers, a smattering of street-runners, and of course, classic big-blocked beauties, from your Camaros, Chevelles and GTOs to the Mustangs, Trans Ams and Chargers. You just never know what (or who) you will see.

Participating in the monthly event is free to everyone whether you want to show off your rockin' ride or just want to come down to stroll by everyone else's.

"We invite any and all car enthusiasts to come show off their cars!" RJ?said. "It is free to enter the show and this has helped us get some really cool entries in the past. You just never know who might show up and what they might bring."

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As any event offered by Parrot Key, guests can enjoy prize drawings for both car-show entrants and car-show browsers. "We will be having prize drawings for registered cars again this year, and are also adding in a few things to help boost the attendance," RJ?said. "Car show registrants (registered cars) will get one entry for every car show they attend to try and win the grand prize car package, which will include some really great auto shop discounts and goodies. The car show guests (those without cars) will also be eligible to win some great prizes just by voting for their favorite cars at the show."

So, everyone's a winner those who bring their beautiful beasts of metal, those who come by to check out the collection, and those who come by just to dine.

"We will have the famous Frank Torino spinning some great car show tunes he is our DJ for every show!" RJ?said. This local DJ?really does a great job bringing the crowd to their feet. "Also, we will be hosting a charity 50/50 raffle with the proceeds going to Operation Open Arms."

Of course, no Classic Cruise-In will be the same with the loss of "Corvette Jerry,"?one of Parrot Key's past pivotal car show coordinators. He pretty much knew every car and every club who attended the shows, and had a true passion for all things car-related.

"Everyone here really misses Corvette Jerry, he was a really great guy and truly loved cars more than most," RJ?said. "We were able to host a charity raffle during last year's car shows and raised almost $1,000 in his honor. We donated the money to the University of Chicago Cancer Research Institute where Jerry spent a lot of his time for treatment. Jerry's son said this would be a really great way to honor his father and help others in the future."

If you're planning to roll in one of your treasures, RSVPs are not necessary, but it's important that you come by earlier than the start time of 5 p.m.

"We do fill up the best spots on a first come, first serve basis. The only rule we have is that any car registering to be in the show must be parked by 5 p.m.," RJ said.

Parrot Key's Cruise-Ins will take place on the first Monday of every month, and once season is at its busiest, such as February and March, they will be offered twice a month, on the first and third Mondays.

"Expect to have a great time! Not all Mondays have to be boring. Come by and check out all of the awesome classic cars we have, grab a beer or wine at the mobile bar, or head inside either restaurant for a delicious meal.

Speaking of "either"?restaurant, normally closed Mondays, Salty Sam's BBQ?hot spot, Bootlegger's BBQ will be open during car show hours Monday.

For further information on Parrot Key's upcoming seasonal Cruise-In car shows, visit or call 239-463-3257.



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