Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Nice turnout for the Outta' Control Hot Rods Cruise in Platte City

Saturday night was a perfect weather night in Kansas City, and I was very happy to see that a bunch of people decided to enjoy that weather at the Outta’ Control Hot Rods Cruise at the Pizza Shoppe in Platte City.  Larry and the boys work really hard to put this event together on the third Saturday of the month, and their hard work is obviously paying off.  In spite of several other cruises going on around town, there was a whole lot full of great stuff to check out here.

This ’69 Camaro RS/SS was among them.  The colors were excellent—black with white stripes and the black and white houdstooth upholstery.  The RS part of the equation included those awesome hidden headlights and console gauges.  Add the 396 big block and four speed, and you’re looking at one sweet ’69.  These cars are popular anyway, but one this nice, with this kind of equipment, just sits on another level.  Look at that picture—this is a great car.

Speaking on another level, here’s an old Chevy that resides on a considerably lower level than that Camaro, but may actually be more unusual.  This little red ’85 Chevette was for sale for $2,500, and I almost think it was worth it.  I can’t even remember the last Chevette I saw at a car show.  Actually, this might be the first Chevette I ever saw at a car show.  And with only 43,000 miles, this is the nicest one I’ve seen in 20 years.  My mom used to drive Chevettes back in the day, so I have a lot of memories with these.  I always wanted to cram a 3.8 V6 into one for the ultimate sleeper.  As nice as this one is, it might actually make a good candidate.

Here’s a ’72 Ford LTD four door hardtop that was way nicer than you would expect it to be.  This thing was a real time capsule.  Even the brocade interior looked like it had never been sat in.  These were pretty big old cars, but that 400-c.i. V8 under the hood was a pretty big engine too.  And these weren’t just stuffy old ladies’ cars.  Guys like Dirty Harry and Burt Reynolds in White Lightning ran the guts out of these.  This one is so nice, however, that I doubt Dirty Harry will ever be offered the keys.

My family took the old truck to this one, ate a pizza, stayed for the 50/50 drawing (I’ve never won one of these, but as they say, you can’t win if you don’t play), and had a great time.  Take a look at the slideshow below, or click this link for a better version.

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