Mountain State Street Machines planning special fall cruise-in

The Inter-Mountain file photo by Tim MacVean Morris Kittle, of Elkins, right, and Jerry Phillips, of Buckhannon, talk about the engine on Kittle's 1965 Pontiac GTO at an Elkins Cruise-In event in the parking lot across from the Elkins Depot Welcome Center.

ELKINS — Throughout the summer, a local group was active downtown and is planning for a special fall cruise-in to take place the weekend the Mountain State Forest Festival kicks off.

Mountain State Street Machines has offered a weekly cruise-in at the Delmonte Market in downtown Elkins this summer and the event has become increasingly popular.

Morris Kittle, treasurer for the group, said the initial goal of holding a weekly cruise-in was to bring auto enthusiasts together.

“We’re car lovers, and there’s a lot of people who are car fans and enjoy these kinds of events,” Kittle said. “There is a huge calling for this kind of event.

“This was something that was started by Brad Hutton – he sponsored it, but we’re all working together, the Mountain State Street Machines and the Delmonte,” he added.

On Sept. 30 the group will be hosting a special fall event with no registration fee. The event is open to antique and unique cars, trucks and motorcycles, and is slated to take place from 1-6 p.m. at the Randolph County Senior Center.

Kittle says he hopes to see a large turnout as the Forest Festival will also be holding an event in downtown Elkins the same day. The festival’s “Heat in the Street Chili Cook-Off” will begin at 3 p.m. on Davis Avenue between Third and Fourth Street.

Kittle explained the Street Machines event is not officially part of the Forest Festival, but he is hopeful the two events will compliment each other and bring more people downtown.

Musical entertainment will be offered throughout the Street Machines event and prizes will be awarded during the course of the day.