Shrewsbury ‘Cruz’ Nights Draw Car Lovers

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Bill Shea does his best impression of "Back to the Future's" Marty McFly at Hebert's Cruz Night in Shrewsbury.
Bill Shea does his best impression of "Back to the Future's" Marty McFly at Hebert's Cruz Night in Shrewsbury. Photo Credit: John Swinconeck

SHREWSBURY, Mass. - Every Thursday night, cars from all eras park on the lawn of Hebert's Candy Mansion in Shrewsbury, as owners show off their wheels and what's under the hoods.

Photo Album In Pictures: Hebert's Cruz Night In Shrewsbury

Among the auto junkies is Butch Trotto of Shrewsbury, who brought out his 1934 Ford hotrod on Aug. 8. It was the first time he came out to Hebert's "Cruz Night," and that week's event was officially cancelled due to rain. That didn't stop car fans like Trotto from lingering on the lawn to show off their rides.

"I go to meet people," Trotto said. "I don't go to auto shows for trophies and stuff."

Bill Shea of Hubbardston goes to wow onlookers with his collection of DeLoreans, the legendary stainless steel car made infamous by John DeLorean's drug trafficking charges, and famous by its appearance in the "Back To The Future" trilogy.

"The reason I bring the car is to bring smiles to people's faces," Shea said. "It doesn't matter if someone is 8, or 88. When they look at a DeLorean, they know what they're looking at."

Collecting cars is a family tradition in the Shea family, as son Patrick Shea can attest. Patrick Shea was showing off his 1991 Ford Mustang that was a Florida Highway Patrol car, and restored by Patrick to retain the cop car look.

"People are really drawn to it. It's a unique car," he said, adding: "This was my tenth Mustang. I've had 11."

Leo Scansavoli has been to his fair share of car shows. He visits them frequently as a salesman for a wax company. Cruz Night draws a smaller crowd than major auto shows, he said, but he finds a diverse number of enthusiasts.

"Here, you constantly get a turnover," he said,. "You'll come with your Mustang this week. Next week, someone will come with a Camaro."

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