Wow! What a Cruise-In!
There was a touch of fall in the air last Saturday as thousands of spectators spent the evening “remembering when” at downtown Greensboro’s Rock ‘n Roll Days Cruise-In. Classic, antique, and vintage cars as well as hot rods and collectibles lined the streets of downtown.
The event, produced by the Georgia Classic Cruisers Car Club and the Greensboro Better Hometown program is a downtown favorite each year. Car Club event chair, John Smith reports that there were 97 visiting cars and14 club cars in town on Saturday. The large turn out of vehicles made this Greensboro’s best Cruise-In’s in recent years. Visitors traveled from surrounding towns and even neighboring states to enter cars in the popular Greensboro Cruise In.
Greensboro’s Rock ‘n Roll Cruise-in is known for the wide array of vintage vehicles it draws from across the state and this year’s Best of Show was a 1957 Chev Bel-Air Convertible. Steve Asby, owner of the convertible, traveled all the way from Marietta, Georgia. This Bel-Air has a crate LS-3 Cammer engine 480HP, a 4L60-E Transmission, Pro- Link rear 4 Bar suspension, Fat Man frame and coilovers and Rocket Wheels. Recently he won Best of Show at the O’Reilly’s World of Wheels in Atlanta.
“We were really pleased to have such a great turn out of cars this year,” states Barney Ross, Georgia Classic Cruiser member. “ The Cruise-In is one of Greensboro’s most anticipated event of the year and we had a wonderful sections of cars from all over the state of Georgia. We had cars travel as far as two hours away.”
Other favorites of the evening were a turquoise blue Chevy Bel-Air, 1936 Chevrolet 5 Window Coup, 2009 dragster, and many more.
New this year, event sponsors Jimmy Britt Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and The Yesterday Café sponsored photos for each car participant. This folder included a photo of each car owner and their car. Jimmy Britt Chevrolet, Buick, GMC was even on hand with a host of brand new cars.
On the Court House lawn stage Terance Lonon and the Untouchables performed hits from the ‘50’s and ‘60’s live throughout the event. Guests were havin’ a good time, as the band crooned the old “Doo Wop” favorites. Children of all ages hula hooped on the courthouse lawn as the band played the night away.
The shops of downtown Greensboro were open late and ready to meet the scores of visitors in town for the Cruise In. Many shops featured window decorations especially for the event! Diners at the Yesterday Café stepped back in time as they were waited upon by a host of pink ladies, girls in poodle skirts and boys wearing saddle oxfords. The styles around town were suited to match the classic cars that lined the streets!
The Cruise-In is always one of Greensboro’s most popular downtown events and was enjoyed by all again this year. For more information about the Georgia Classic Cruisers, visit www.GeorgiaClassicCruisers.com. Next up in downtown will be Downtown Trick-or-Treat from 5-7 pm on Wednesday, October 31.