Cruise nights aren’t anything new. The center drag gets roped off, the side pipes get uncorked, and the local roadsters, muscle cars and sleds idle up and down Main Street. It happens monthly in small towns across America. In fact, it’s so common it’s become a part of the American experience. So much so, that the local car cruise is as much an American institution as a hot, juicy cheeseburger, the Super Bowl and boiling the rear tires off your hot rod because some friends dared you to.
This weekend kicked off the weekend-long Temecula Rod Run, one of the largest shows in SoCal’s Inland Valley. Welcoming over 65,000 lover-lovers twice year to its Spring and Fall biannual events, hundreds of cherried-out ‘rods, sleds, bellydraggers, baggers, muscle cars, no-go showboats and lopey-cammed rails as they crowd the historic downtown.
Last night’s festivities were preceded by a charity auction, which raised funds for charities including the Boys & Girls Club of the Southwest County. Friday night’s cruise-in was a slow procession of some serious old school iron. We were quick on the scene and caught hundreds of pictures and were wowed at some of the local talent. While the foot traffic was light, the car owners happily strutted their car’s stuff as they positioned for their spot for Saturday’s Show & Shine.
Every year the show accepts over 500 vehicle entries as well as welcoming thousands of automotive enthusiasts and spectators. The cruise fired off with plenty of fanfare at 5pm and ran until 8pm, where owners covered up their precious machines until the sun broke over the westerly mountains Saturday morning.
So if you’re liking what you’re seeing, you’re in luck! We’ve got a whole lot more coming your way in the next couple of days, including a huge Editor’s Top Ten Rides that we hand-selected over the two-day event which is sure to stir things up. We really wanted to pick some cars that first, were not the usual fare that you’d find in the winner’s circle at your local car show, but also showed some serious know-how and ingenuity. Trust us, you’re gonna like what you see!