In an effort to keep up with demand, Cruisin’ on Broad is expanding to Main Street and will stretch from 3rd Street to 9th Street.

Oscar Miller, an event organizer, came before the London City Council Monday night to request the city’s help as organizers make the event even bigger this year.

Miller asked the council to approve closing Main and Broad streets for the events.

“The only thing that bothers me is that if we do this, you can’t get from the east side to the west side very easily,” London Mayor Troy Rudder said.

Miller said the event, which averaged about 150 classic cars in 2007, might draw as many as 500 this year.

To help make that growth happen, organizers are making additional changes to the event. The event will be held from 2-8 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month from May through October.

Miller said the May event will feature top cars from around the area, along with a top-fuel dragster. In June, custom motorcycles will be on display. In addition, organizers are planning a power cruise, which will begin in Knoxville, Tenn. and Cincinnati, Ohio. The cruisers will meet in London. In September, organizers are planning to showcase local police and fire departments. Laurel County native and former Kentucky National Guard Adjutant General Donald Storm will be on hand to speak. The event will culminate in October when American heroes will be recognized. The Heroes Showtruck, owned by Dale and Connie Ison, will also be in London that weekend.

Miller said the change in time allows business at downtown banks, the courthouse and the court clerk’s office, which are open until noon on Saturday, to be completed.

Gil Russell, who was involved with Somerset’s Summer Nights Cruise for seven years and is now working with Cruisin’ on Main, told the council that Summer Nights Cruise grew to the point where it was bringing 1,100 cars to Somerset from all over and pumped about $16 million into Somerset and Pulaski County’s economy. However, Somerset’s downtown, where the event is held, is set to undergo renovations which will affect the area’s ability to host the car show.

“Last year 332 cars came from Cincinnati to Somerset,” Russell said. “We can bring this town (London) to life on Saturday.”

The City Council unanimously approved a motion to close the streets to accommodate the car show.

“It sounds like the timing is right to do this,” council member Danny Phelps said.

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