The REAL Meaning of “Cruise Nights”

Skinny Kenny Chrismer, checking something under the hood.

Skinny Kenny Chrismer, checking something under the hood.

Back when I was a kid, I remember piling in to the back seat of Dad’s ’34 sedan, and cruising with the club on several occasions. These were not what we now know as “cruise nights”, where people show up early and camp out all day with EZ Ups and lawn chairs. They were more along the lines of casual club runs, where they would meet up at a common location and make several stops along a route. The particular night, in the photos, was a “Hey, let’s hit all the Steak-N-Shakes” in the StL area.” night.

I’m sure that we did some pass throughs, and made a few stops, but the point is, they were not “static” events, where it was about parking and staying for a long time. One stop may have been to order a Cherry Coke, another stop to grab a burger and fries, and another stop to have some ice cream or a shake. With each stop, there was opportunity to get out and hang out for a little while.

With these kinds of events, we had a blast. They were family events, so there was always some kid trading going on, where we’d ride in various hot rods for a little while. Gave me an appreciation for other hot rods than just Dad’s sedan!

Another benefit of this kind of “cruise night” is that more of the general public get to enjoy the cars, too. Because you are driving from location to location, folks get to see the line of cars as they are moving down the road and at the next stop.

I’m sure there are still guys that do these kinds of things, but I know that it’s a lost art, thanks to several cities with “no cruising” ordinances, but heck, these kinds of events are not “stop and loiter”, in nature, the very thing that those ordinances are about.

So…it’s time to break the mold. It’s time to redefine “Cruise nights”, to be about actually cruising, and not an extended parking night.

Bret
Bret@StreetRodder.Net

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The FUN is in the RUN!!!

Paul Vitale, placing his order (His T roadster pickup is now owned by Ernie and Bobbie Maine, in Caney, KS, and is still DRIVEN)

Paul Vitale, placing his order (His T roadster pickup is now owned by Ernie and Bobbie Maine, in Caney, KS, and is still DRIVEN)

Jerry and Sharon Gose, in their '37 Chevy Coupe

Jerry and Sharon Gose, in their ’37 Chevy Coupe

Porkey Leake, Cal Tiefenaur, Maureen, and Don Ward.

Porkey Leake, Cal Tiefenaur, Margaret and Rodger Bell.

Dickie Carroll and Bert Wenker

Dickie Carroll and Bert Wenker

Dave Conrad and his date, in his '32 sedan.

Dave Conrad and his date, in his ’32 sedan.

Maureen, sitting in Don's roadster

Maureen, sitting in Don’s roadster

St Louis Hot Rod Hundred Prep

A shot of Clay Vance’s ’37, while we were on the Oklahoma City Hot Rod Hundred!

With all the running and gunning over the past couple of weekends, with the HAMB Drags and Frog Follies, I figured it would be a real good decision to stay close to home this past weekend. Other than swapping parking spaces in the garage, and getting the stake truck in the “go” spot, not a whole lot done here.

The Stake truck got parked in the back of the garage, after coming home from St Louis back in July. For some reason, I think to punish me for not driving it, it’s carburetor started acting up, after it sat for a while. I took the carb off, on Wednesday, and gave it a good cleaning, and the truck ran great. The next day, it started hesitating on acceleration again. I may have to rebuild the other 94 that I have sitting around, and see how it does.

In the meantime, the pre-registration date for the St Louis Area Hot Rod Hundred was coming to a close. The actual event date is October 11, but we were wanting to get our participant list filled up and get T-shirts ordered in plenty of time. My phone and e-mail have been going crazy!

I have a different excitement about the St Louis event, than I did with the Springfield Hot Rod Hundred. The Springfield event was an overwhelming success, albeit more of an “open” event, up to vehicles that were pre-73. The St Louis run is predominantly pre-49 hot rods, and a good portion of the participants are my “hot rod mentors”! It’s an opportunity for me to show them that I have been a good student of the hot rod tradition.

I don’t want to make the events sound like they are “StreetRodder.Net” events, as they are not. I’m a supporting club member of the CrossMembers Car Club, which is the club putting on the Hot Rod Hundred events. So far, we’ve done Phoenix, AZ, Springfield, MO, Oklahoma City, OK, and Dallas, TX. St Louis will be the final one for 2014.

If you want to join in on the fun, please go to the Hot Rod Hundred web site, download your form and send it to me, with your entry fee, and we’ll get ya on the spreadsheet.

The next Springfield Hot Rod Hundred will be April 4, 2015. In the next month or two, I will be doing another “Route Scout”, and am always open for folks to run along, so I can get some feedback.

Bret
Bret@StreetRodder.Net

http://StreetRodder.Net

The FUN is in the RUN!!!