Saturday, October 15, 2011

Riverside Red-X Cruise benefits from exceptional staff. Too bad this is the last one of the season

Friday night, we went someplace that we hadn't been all year. The Riverside Red X Cruise is held every second Friday night throughout the summer, but for one reason or another, I always manage to find something else to do.

I kind of feel bad about that now, because the people that are responsible for putting this together really work hard at it. They have a D.J., loads of great door prizes, and dash magnets. We were met by someone as soon as we drove up who handed us prize drawing tickets, and within 30 minutes, three of them were called as winners. When everything was over, they gave me an event T-shirt. They had coal fires set up to roast free hot dogs and s'mores. It was one of the most congenial car cruise staffs I've ever seen.

Unfortunately, other people must be thinking like I have all summer, because there weren't all that many cars. Clearly, folks don't know what they've been missing.

There were some nice things to look at, though. There was not one, but two non-hot rodded '49 Chevys; a two-door sedanette and a four-door sedan. You don't see that very often.

There was a nice '78 Z-28, a '70s AMC Hornet, a couple of rat rods, and another '63 Chevy pickup that wasn't mine. All-in-all, we're talking about a nice little selection.

Plus, once you're already out at the Red-X, you can partake in one of the most unusual shopping experiences around. There are all kinds of clearance things in there, from the unexpected, to the downright weird. Little Chinese bells and figurines and things are on display all over the place. They even have a grocery store and sell fried chicken. If nothing else, it's more fun that going to Wal-Mart.

Now, the Longbranch cruise in Overland Park is strong every Friday night, so I know the car people are getting out there on Fridays. A strong cruise in the Northland seems like a good thing to me. Hopefully, this one can get even more successful in 2012.

The worst part about Friday night's Red-X cruise was that it was the last one of the season. There won't be another one until next summer. That gives you just a few months to get that ride polished up and get up to Riverside.

In the meantime, here are a few pictures from Friday night's cruise to hold you over until next year.

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