Tuesday, May 5, 2015

A new cruise in town....

Saturday, May 2, we decided to attended a new start up cruise in Fredericksburg, VA at the Pep Boys Auto Parts & Service.  This is managed by the Fredericksburg Classic & Muscle Car Club….the same club that manages the Friday night cruise at VA BBQ.  This cruise is held once a month the first Saturday of each month; if it is successful maybe next year the club will have more Saturdays…..  This cruise fills a need of the car community around here, the closest other Saturday cruise, for us, is in Manassas about 29 miles away.  We were unable to make the inaugural cruise last month so this would be our first visit.

The parking lot will have room for about 80 cars and with the 60 that cruised in Saturday it filled up nicely.  The mix of vehicles varied from a stone stock ’51 Plymouth to a gaggle of big tire, Pro Street rockets and most everything in between.  New cars, old cars….fast cars, slow car….stock cars, streetable race cars….cars, motorcycles and yes even farm trucks are all welcome!  There are a few food choices close by and a WAWA for fuel. The cruise location is next to Rt. 3, a major East/West roadway with Rt. 1 & I95 within walking distance….it really is centrally located.  Ingress/egress is a little dicey with the speed bumps and major pot holes.  But once in the Pep Boys lot everything works just fine.  About half the lot backs up to a grassed area which is great for canopies….plus I always prefer to park my lawn chair on grass instead of asphalt.  This time the club had a novel 50/50….as usual the winner receives half of the value of the tickets sold in cash.  But a neat twist this month was that after the winner was drawn they drew another ticket….for second place!?  A person donated a really cool desk light made from engine parts; piston and connecting rod….really cool piece.  So….the Princess won it!  We are trying to downsize our life....I have been selling stuff on eBay, Craig’s List, online yard sales, and other places….and she brings home more….stuff.  The Princess was all squealy about her new acquisition; she likes to win anything….it’s what Princesses do.  So we now have a new addition in the hoarder room but there will be peace in the Shotwell hovel for awhile.  As I have often remarked, all cruises have a distinct personality….this one feels very warm & comfortable to us, like an old friend….we will be in attendance often.
Sunday we cruised 29 miles to the 34th annual Bull Run Street Rods Rod Run (show)….the 34th….do you get the idea this is a popular event? Do you think the club knows how to run a show?  There is no down side to attending this event and if you have a special ride, I recommend it.  This event is usually open to older vehicles only but this year they opened it to all years!  I personally like this idea, I like all kinds of rides.  I couldn’t count the cars adequately but I took pictures of about 130….I know there was more in attendance.  This is the second “big” show around here so people will bring out their new finished projects for all to see, variety is the norm for this event.   The weather was perfect and the fellowship was intense.  These large shows usually allow us to catch up with old friends we don’t see much during the year.  After we set up camp the Princess and a few other ladies invaded the host restaurant, Burger King, and didn’t return for a couple hours.  I was busy taking my pictures and Lou was talking to people about Fisher House Foundation and Cruisin For Heroes….we always get more done when a couple of us attend events together.
After the awards were given out and the event was officially concluded….Lou & Arlene, David and the Princess & I decided that we needed to cruise to Culpeper for ice cream…..a perfect ending to a perfect day…..I love this hobby.