10th Anniversary Star City Motor Madness Cruise Night June 24th

Star City Motor Madness once again comes to Williamson Road, Friday, June 24th from 6pm to 10pm. This is the biggest single event on Williamson Road each year. Many Williamson Road retailers say this is their best day of the year.

In its 10th year, Star City Motor Madness is a massive “cruise-in” on Williamson Road on Friday followed by a 500+ car show in downtown Roanoke the next day from 10am to 4pm. Williamson Road has long been the road for cruising, especially in the 1950s and 1960s when Williamson Road was virtually the only way into and out of the north side of Roanoke.

Cruises occur throughout the U.S. as a celebration of America’s passion for the automobile. Typically cruises consist of antique cars and customized cars. Star City Motor Madness however is open to any auto enthusiast whose car evokes a feeling of nostalgia or excitement.

WRABA is a Diamond Sponsor of the 2-day event. WRABA has been the premier sponsor since Star City Motor Madness’ first year in 2002.

As anyone who has attended the cruise can attest, Williamson Road and its businesses are in the spotlight the evening of the cruise as literally thousands of cars cruise the road and thousands of spectators set up lawn chairs along the sidewalk from Civic Mall all the way to Happy’s Flea Market. In an effort to reduce congestion, beginning this year outside lanes of Williamson Road will be open only to cruising vehicles and inside lanes for through traffic.

Throughout the evening cruisers can park and spectators may enjoy the vehicles up close at Berglund Credit Line. Food and entertainment will be available.

By 2010 Star City Motor Madness had achieved national status as one of the premiere automotive events in the United States. This was due to the Roanoke event being featured on nationwide TV on the SPEED Channel program, “My Classic Car,” with Dennis Gage. You can view the episode online at www.myclassiccar.com/ episode/15/07/

Star City Motor Madness draws from throughout the Mid-Atlantic and beyond. Through fees from the participants and donations from sponsors, the event raises money for the Virginia Museum of Transportation. For spectators all activities are free. For car enthusiasts there is no charge to cruise, though parking at Berglund Credit Line is $10 and across the street from Berglund is $5. To show a car downtown the next day the fee is $25.

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Williamson Road Post office Closes March 2011

What has been a concern for businesses and residents of the Williamson Road Area for the past ten years becomes a reality in March 2011. The Williamson Road branch of the Post Office is closing.

This location has been on the list of possible closings for about ten years now. As recently as a year ago businesses and residents alike again waged the battle to save this branch. Actually, it was thought the battle was won when, after much opposition and strong support from Congressman Bob Goodlatte’s Office, the branch stayed open through a round of proposed cuts. This time it is for real and came with no prior notice to the local Postmaster or the Congressman’s Office.

If you have a post office box at this branch that renews in January, February or March of 2011, your box will not be renewed. You can choose to receive your mail at your street address or get a different box at another branch. The Main Post Office and the branch in Brookside Plaza are your closest options.

If your box rental at the Williamson Road branch renewal occurs between April and December of 2011 your box will be moved to the Main Post Office and used until renewal time when you will have to make other arrangements such as a different box at that or another branch or receiving at your street address.

Once you have made your decision as to where you would like to receive your mail, be sure to change your address with vendors, the IRS and banks. Don’t forget to let us know!

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