Ready to roll to sunnier weather

Mike Stortini takes his shami to his 2014 Genesis GT Coupe at the fourth annual Queen Street Cruise at GFL Memorial Gardens in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., on Friday, June 14, 2019. (BRIAN KELLY/THE SAULT STAR/POSTMEDIA NETWORK)

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Mike Stortini was kept busy wringing his chamois Friday night.

Heavy rain made for a wet start for the fourth annual Queen Street Cruise Festival.

Stortini parked his 2014 Genesis GT Coupe at the festival grounds at GFL Memorial Gardens. He used the chamois to clear water off his car.

He feared the rain “stopped a little too late” to draw auto enthusiasts, and the public, to the downtown site. Stortini has participated in the “great event” since its launch in 2016.

The Weather Network forecasts a more promising Saturday, with mainly sunny conditions and a high of 15 C.

“The forecast is supposed to be positive,” said Stortini. “Here’s hoping.”

If the better weather comes as expected, Stortini plans to bring his 1966 Mustang GT to the festival. The vintage Ford make earned the best restoration award at Queen Street Cruise Festival in 2018, as well as additional kudos at Cops and Rodders at Bellevue Park and Mustang Stampede in Mackinaw City.

Registration for a car show Saturday at GFL Memorial Gardens starts at 9 a.m. Cost is $20. The public can view automobiles from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

George Pinder and Patches perform from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Boneyard follows from 1 to 4 p.m.

Johnny’s Chophouse, Lil’Orbits Mini Donuts and Pino’s Get Fresh Foods will be on site.

The event website is