Saying Goodbye To Summer

Another cruising season has come and gone, leaving behind only memories and the occasional scent of tire smoke lingering on the cool fall air.  While things started off slowly, the usual suspects came out of the woodwork in greater numbers as the summer rolled in unexpectedly late.

Cruising itself is a strange phenomenon;  it bridges the divide between genres of auto enthusiasts, forging a common link between greasers, tuners, restorers, rodders, off-roaders, and anyone else that takes pleasure in rolling on four wheels.  The sheer joy of rolling through the streets surrounded by your fellow gearheads, their engines roaring in your ears and the smell of too-rich exhaust tickling your nostrils, is beyond description.  It’s an experience not only of motion and senses but of an unspoken fraternity between car folks.  Just being on that street or in that parking lot brings you into a community of people who share a love for the machines that inhabit these beautiful summer evenings.

Now that the organized cruise nights are over (Pony Corral at Grant finished last week, Tavern United pulled the plug two weeks ago), we’re going to take a look back at the cars, the trucks, and the people who made cruise night what it is.  Even though too much snow, cold, and wind waits between us and the next cruise season, I can hardly wait until it’s time to roll out the cars once again and take our rightful places on the roads and in the cruise shows of summer evenings.

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L-R:  Corvette C3 Stingray, ’51 Chevy Coupe, ’79 Monte Carlo


L-R:  ’57 Ford Fairlanes, Jimmy Genakes’ ’76 Caddy, 1st Gen Camaro


L-R:  Wall Street Diner on Portage, ’87 Dodge Ram, Model A pickup


L-R:  Paul Williamson of Willy’s Garage, the unofficial Winnipeg Datsun club, hood ornament on a vintage Plymouth


L-R: ’62 Pontiac Parisienne, ’57 Pontiac Wagon, 1969 Camaro Z/28


L-R:  Fabulous 50’s Cruise Night, 1970 Cadillac, Ford Thunderbird


L-R:  ’54 Pontiac Star Chief, Model A Roadster, winning Cruiser of the Week


L-R:  “Guitar Hero” bus, ’58 Pontiac, Ford F-700


L-R:  Netherlands-spec 1948 split-window beetle, ’33 Dodge, 1st gen. Camaro


L-R:  1964 Impala SS, Tuners at the Pony, Chevy “AsTruck”


L-R:  Airbrush detail, Greg’s ’54 Meteor, 58 Chevy Impala


L-R:  Classic chopped Rat Rod, Winnipeg’s smallest hot rod, Customized Dodge Magnum


L-R: Evil Dave Radley’s Harley, winners of the “Rate My Ride” contest, ’51-90 Ford ThunderCoupe


L-R: The summer’s dirtiest ride, Dodge Charger “General Lee” Replica, Chevy El-Camino


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