Get your motor running for Torrington’s Main Street Cruise

Get your motor running for Torrington’s Main Street Cruise

TORRINGTON — Every summer, the city’s Main Street welcomes car collectors and fans for a night of viewing, judging and prizes, with donations benefiting local organizations. Last year, Glenn Royals’ annual car show, Main Street Cruise, didn’t happen because of the pandemic — so he’s determined to make this one the biggest and best.

Main Street Cruise had been scheduled for Friday, but a threat of bad weather postponed it until July 30. All proceeds will benefit the Torringon Police Activity League and Police Explorers, two organizations that provide support and activities for young people through the Police Department.

“I just want to see lots of people get out there and enjoy it,” Royals said. “There’s no fee for spectators, only for the cars, so it would be great if they’d make a donation. We’re not asking for millions, but for people to step forward. Let’s help each other.”

Royals didn’t want to postpone Friday night’s event, but said he was worried about the weather. “When people see there’s a downtown show in Torrington, they flock to it,” he said. “I want people to come up and enjoy themselves. I don’t want them to drive up here, and be caught in a downpour.”

He’s expecting big crowds on July 30, and between 300 and 400 cars on display. “People have been waiting so long — a year-and-a-half, and this was going to be the very first one,” he said. “We’re taking out all the stops to make sure everyone enjoys themselves.”

Royals said the PAL and Explorers programs need financial support all year long. “My main concern is, I want to get money for these young kids, to keep PAL going, and the Explorers going,” he said. “They haven’t been able to raise any money at all this past year.

“These programs keep kids off the street,” he said. “They’re with adults at the Police Department, having a good time and learning things. Young kids need direction and they’re getting it, from very qualified people in our police force.

“We have two excellent chiefs right now — our fire chief, Peter Towey, and our police chief, William Baldwin. They really care about the people in our town,” Royals said. “The programs give our kids a place to go. (The car show) is a way to support that.”

According to the Police Department’s website,, the PAL program is holding a summer camp in August, and registration is now open. The camp will be held Aug. 16-20 at Elks Pond. PAL is also holding a basketball league and a golf camp this summer. Information on PAL’s activities can be found on the PAL Facebook page.

The Torrington Police Explorers is made up of area youths who meet weekly and learn about law enforcement techniques and duties while also preparing for a potential career in law enforcement, should they choose to take that path, according to the Police Department.

Both organizations have paid staff, but they go above and beyond, Royals said. “Officers Rob Simmons and Chris Smedick give so much of their time and care so much,” he said. “I’ve been working with the kids in these programs, and I’ve met so many nice kids, and the officers, too. They treat them like gold.”

For information on the Main Street Cruise, go to or find them on Facebook.

For more information on the July 11 Falls Village Car & Motorcycle Show, call Jacobs Garage at 860-824-5861 or Like The Falls Village Car & Motorcycle Show on Facebook.

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