I have wanted to do another article on the Monday night cruise-in that was held weekly at Merchants Crossing for over eight years for some time now, but actually waited too long.  Merchants’ Crossing cruise-in was recently shut down by the malls new property owners.  Larry Day the promotor of this cruise-in had some bad days during the holidays as a representative of the new owners out of New York stopped by and told Larry that they did not allow car cruises on any of the properties they owned.  Even Applebee’s restaurant, also without any prior notice of the cruise-in being cancelled and one of the main sponsors of this weekly event tried to keep the show going at Merchants Crossing but to no avail. Applebee’s restaurant had just recently done a complete interior up date that included many murals on the walls including a few pictures of the Monday night cruise.   There was one of my car with the wife sitting in a lawn chair in front of the car.

NOTE: This Event Replaces the Former Merchants Crossing Cruise- In

Starting at 4 pm-7:30 PM., and held at the SHELL FACTORY this Event will be held Every Monday (September – May) except for Rain & Some Holidays. The Shell Factory and Nature Park is located 1½ miles north of Pine Island Road (on FL 41) @ 2728 North Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers, FL 33903. YOU CAN’T MISS THE Shell Factory & Nature Park Sign! This is an open cruise in, FREE for all makes, models, years of vehicles; cars, trucks, street rods, customs, rat rods, muscle cars, collector vehicles and foreign manufactured vehicles. The new sponsors are giving a 15% Food Discount at the Shell Factory’s“Capt’n Fishbones Restaurant” and in the Shell Factory Gift Shop! for all Cruise –In Participants! There are over 380 dedicated and great Cruise In Event Parking Spaces - Just follow the signs to the ONE WAY ONLY ENTRANCE TO THE CRUISE IN EVENT PARKING AREA and a separate ONE WAY ONLY EXIT! No food/beverage coolers or alcoholic beverages in the Cruise- In Event Parking Area. Plenty of spectators parking will be in a separate area, and Spectators are very welcome, however, spectator parking in or driving through the Cruise In Event Area is Prohibited! Bicycles, Tricycles & Golf Carts are not allowed in the Show Car Area! Mobility Scooters are of course very welcome. The event will have multiple door prizes every week, two 50/50 drawings, and a Super Door Prize every other week. FREE National Street Rod Association Safety Inspections will be available the SECOND MONDAY of each month. This is an NCA (No Club Affiliation) event hosted by the NCA Automobile Enthusiasts of SW Florida and Sponsored by the Shell Factory & Nature Park. The event is presented by an all-volunteer group! For more event information call Larry Day @ (239) 772-9941. For vendor info please call; Richard Dunmire @ (239) 292-9360 or send e-mail to 

I sure picked the right Monday January 18, 2016 to see the new location Monday Cruise-in as they had Butch Patrick as a guest with two cars featured in the ‘64 TV show the Munster’s.  At eleven years old Butch played Eddie Wolfgang Munster and now at age 62 people still seems to have a passion for this old TV show as they all wanted a picture with Butch.  Even my wife wanted a picture with Butch.  Now as usual sitting back and looking at the pictures I took will give you a real look at this new location for fun and cars. 

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