Monday, September 21, 2020

You can't lose with the Hendersonville Cruise

It has been awhile since I did a story about the Hendersonville Cruise, but it is still one of the best around. Last Friday, a nice group of classics rolled into the Glenbrook shopping center as the sun set. Perfect weather, a live D.J., and free ice cream sandwiches probably didn’t hurt the large turnout. This is the best time of the year to go to these events. It is the rare point in the season where it isn’t too hot or cold. Many car show have been cancelled this year, so you probably aren’t burned out on these types of events yet. Plus, the season will end before you know it, so it’s a good idea to get out while you can.

I really liked this ’62 Corvette. I don’t know if it really had the big brake package, but the little hubcaps and black tires make it look like it does. A lot of this appeared pretty original, like the seat Roman Red seat upholstery and the spider-cracked trunked emblem. I think the Ermine White paint had maybe been redone a long time ago, but was starting to show some age. The only thing I would have to do here is paint the black in the “intake” grilles behind the front bumpers. Otherwise, this was a pretty outstanding car.

All right, all you Kool Kats. Feast your peepers on this ca-rayzy ’51 Ford Victoria. ’49 Plymouth bumpers, Lancer-style flippers, and passion purple paint makes this the ginchiest grape in town. Does it have bubble taillights? You know it. Does the theme carry inside with purple-and-white pleats-and-rolls? Natch. You’d almost expect this to be making the scene at the local drive in, but even the squares know that the Hendersonville Cruise is the heppest in town. There wasn’t another rod like it in the whole joint. I can dig it, Daddy-O.

If you like your ‘50s cars a little more stock appearing, here’s the one for you. It’s a stunning ’56 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible in the striking color combination of Sierra Gold and Adobe Beige. The interior was immaculate. It had a tastefully installed aftermarket air conditioning system for when it’s too hot to drive around with the top down. When you look at something like this, it’s hard to imagine that this was the common Chevrolet that you could just go buy at the local dealership. It sure doesn’t look common now.

This is one good looking little ’39 Ford coupe. The subdued Folkstone Grey paint gives it a stock appearance at first glance, but closer inspection reveals a little tasteful hot rodding. The mods consist mostly of red wheels, some subtle pin striping, and a lowered stance. The ‘39/’40 Ford coupe is one of the most iconic early-style hot rods ever. The have been, are, and always will be popular because they have almost perfect styling for their time. Put one in the hands of someone who knows what they’e doing, as is the case here, and you have an unbeatable combination.

If you like pictures better than words, I’ve got you covered. I took 273 pictures at this week’s Hendersonville Cruise. You can see the whole lot of them, absolutely free I might add, by simply clicking this link

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