Cruise in fun and nostalgia at the Lauri Ann West Community Center

Car aficionados and hot-rodders alike can head to O’Hara for a trainhead festival that’s sure to please.

The first-ever Community Center Cruise will take place on August 14 at the Lauri Ann West Community Center along Powers Run Road.

Presented by Chip Ganassi Racing, the event will feature over 80 vehicles in a classic pull and park format for car enthusiasts. It will be from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is free.

“This event is designed to bring the community together while sparking interest among young people to get involved in cars and auto shows as a hobby,” said Keith Cassidy of Indiana Township.

Cassidy hosts the show with West Deer’s Lee Borczyk, who spent years restoring a 1954 Chevy 210 two-door sedan.

Together, the pair have decades of automotive knowledge to share with guests.

They touted the hobby as a bridge to connect generations and create lifelong memories, especially through restoration and storytelling.

Cassidy owns a 2002 Mercedes-Benz SL500 AMG and sits on the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix operating committee.

He said he has attended auto shows for 50 years and cherishes the camaraderie and inspiration they promote.

The community center will display vintage, custom, sporty, muscle, luxury models and cars in the making.

Attendees can expect to hear stories behind each vehicle as they watch closely.

Nadine Ostrowski, public relations manager for the community center, said food trucks will also be a draw for the family event.

Mr. Bulgogi’s Korean BBQ from noon to 2 p.m., Pittsburgh Pancakes from 1 to 3 p.m., DJ Steaks from 2 to 4 p.m., and Let’s Taco from 3 to 5 p.m. should serve as food on wheels.

Aspinwall Everyday Gourmet Café will have a pop-up tent with additional options.

There will be raffles including a collection of car care products, gift cards for meals and a 16-inch Huffy bike.

“We love having families come from all over the Fox Chapel Area School District and beyond,” Ostrowski said. “It’s about sharing stories and food and making memories together.”

Parking and presentation of a vehicle are free. Dashboard plates will be given to the first 100 participating vehicles.

Tawnya Panizzi is editor of Tribune-Review. You can contact Tawnya at 724-226-7726, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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