Commercial Street came alive once again with color and spectators as the annual Cruisin’ Classic Car show populated it on Saturday. Morgan City sponsored the car show to raise funds for the new splash pad at the Riverside Park.
There were cars of all eras from 1975 and older. In talking with some of the owners of these brilliantly restored cars, each car and it’s owner brought it’s own unique history. Dwaine Olsen of Ogden Utah displayed his cherried-out bright blue Mach 1 1969 Ford Mustang. He brought this car back from the dead. The car, he said, should have never even been driven on the road when he got it. In talking about his passion for these older classics, he said, “ I love these cars because under the hoods, it’s easy to work on their engines. It’s fun.” Though they don’t win money on this show, sometimes they will receive trophies and bragging rights.
Richard London proudly displayed his 1929 Model A, Ford Sports Coupe. This car was one of Ford’s first mass produced cars available to the public at an affordable price. In this car London demonstrated how the early passengers of the 1920’s could open the front paneled window to get air. The back window of the car had snaps and zippers in case the front seat drivers wanted to converse with those in the open air back seat. They could just unsnap and unzip the panel to bring children or very small passengers into the car conversation.
The temperature gage looked like a car hood ornament and was on the front of the hood. The gas tank was in the middle next to the front window.
The next flashy car, repainted silver and black, with side chrome accents was a 1956 Ford Fairlane. The owner, Jeff Houser’s daughter Heidi, shared how her dad had this gem of a car since his high school days, and gave her permission to bring this slick 50’s car to the show, with strict guidelines that she take very good care of his baby.
Earl Steen and Neil Kilbourn of the Warlords Car Club, proudly showed a 1928 Purple Dodge Sedan. Earl had modified this car’s original look and cut 6 inches of the top of the car, to look like a sporty low rider (low roof). When asked how comfortable it is to ride in the car, he said, “It’s not so comfortable, and takes 10 minutes to get in the car and 20 minutes to get out.”
To see these cars all spiffed up is impressive. We sometimes can’t fully appreciate all the work, time, and effort that goes into restoring one of these old beauties. Truly a lot of time and love goes into bringing back to life these solid, metal, classic cars.