This past Saturday night (8/6/11) we went downtown to check out the cars in this year’s Flashback Cruz. I had hoped to be early enough to catch them while they were still at Drake Park but by the time we got there they had started their cruise through downtown. All of downtown was blocked off to traffic not involved in the cruise. From Franklin to Greenwood and Bond to Wall the only cars allowed on the streets were 1974 and older. There was an impressive group of cars (374 cars this year) from restored Model A’s to all vintage of hot rods and even a Bat Mobile.
We lucked out and got a window seat at Summit Restaurant where we could enjoy an appetizer and a cold drink and watch the cars drive by. The Cruz lasted close to two hours and never got old as there seemed to be new cars joining in each time around. After finishing our food we headed out down the sidewalk where there were even more cars parked on the street. This allowed us an opportunity to get up close and personal with the cars so we could check out the interiors, the paint and the chrome. There were cars in all stages of restoration/modification from T-buckets in flat black primer to cherry ’57 Bel Air’s. I also noticed that there were a fair amount of cars that never even drove the cruise circuit so I was glad that we did do some walking.
The Classic Chevy Club of Central Oregon has been hosting the Flashback Cruz on the first weekend of August for 26 years. The event starts with a pre-Cruz-in at Baxter Auto Parts on the north end of town Friday night. On Saturday they have a Show ‘n’ Shine at Drake Park followed by the downtown cruise and then a free street dance (definitely family friendly) on Minnesota Street. (Picture)
Sunday they drive up to Mt. Bachelor for some Car Olympics. I’m not sure what the Car Olympics involves but it sounds like it could be fun. If you find yourself in Bend on the first weekend of August I would definitely recommend checking out the Flashback Cruz. It’s all free and a lot of fun.
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