Classic Cars Cruise-In at Clearview, WA

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Last weekend I was helping some friends of the family get their house ready to sell, hauling gravel and pulling weeds. Really exciting stuff, I know. I decided to take a 10-minute break to get my 55-cent iced tea refill at the Starbucks just a few blocks up the road. This happens to be in a small shopping center with a grocery store, and O’Reilly’s (Springfield’s finest!), a McDonald’s, and a few other stores. What I didn’t know was that every Saturday afternoon, when the weather is decent, the parking lot fills with classic cars, trucks, muscle cars, rat rods, and even a few modern machines. You can imagine the look on my face when I first pulled into this parking lot. I even pulled up near an older gentleman and asked if this was a regular event. He said “yeah, we’re here every week.” I vowed to come back the next weekend, grab some of my favorite or most interesting shots, and share them with you, and that’s exactly what I’ve done. Take a look.

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This 1964 Ford Fairlane 500 was easily my favorite, and one of the best-looking cars ever made, in my opinion. This particular car has had some serious restoration work done to it, and it shows. It’s not completely stock, but it’s still fantastic to look at. That deep, tomato red is just a gorgeous color.

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How does a MX5/LS1 swap strike your fancy? My little brother-in-law understandably thought this was a Corvette at first. As engine swaps go, this is one of the better ones I’ve seen. You’ll notice that every wire, cable, and hose has its place, and nothing looks half-done. I wish we could have stuck around to see this red rocket take off.

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The following are just a random selection of some of our favorite cars from last night.

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A 1969 Chevrolet 3-Door Suburban

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Not sure what this is. Anyone?

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 I don’t know the year of this AMC Gremlin, but I believe it’s a 1973.

I can’t think of a better way to spend a warm summer night in Washington than to spend it with other car guys, looking at classic cars and trucks. I’m really glad I stumbled on this cruise-in, and you can bet I’ll be coming back as often as I can. The number of warm, dry weekends we get around here is pretty limited, so it’s important to take advantage of chances like this whenever I can. I hope you enjoy the pictures.

 

[Photos Copyright 2013 Hooniverse/Marcal Eilenstein]

12 Comments

        1. Some of the cars I saw have clearly been to some shows, so it's not surprising. Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry

  1. Wow, a '57 Ford instead of the expected '57 Chevy.
    If you park a '57 Ford next to the overdone, overhyped, done-to-death '57 Chevy, you'll see why Chevy lost out to Ford in sales that year. The Ford is so much better looking (except for those headlights, I know).
    Of course, neither of them hold a candle to a '57 Plymouth, but I digress.
    And it's a Ranch Wagon 2-door wagon to boot!

  2. One of the best things about the vintage car hobby in Washington state is the plethora of imports. Here in the heartland, it's all about 'merican iron. Nothing at all wrong with that, we built some of the world's best. But I totally miss the variety here in K.C. I visit a lot of car shows, humbly parking my ratty Alfa (coincidentally purchased in Vancouver WA nearly 20 years ago) in the visitor lot where it never fails to get as much attention as the much nicer domestic vehicles being displayed.
    An enterprising lad could probably pay for his expenses by loading the eurotrash of the West Coast on a transporter and offering it up at any farmer's market in the heartland.

  3. By '73, all cars sold in the US had 5-mph front bumpers. Therefore, the Gremlin is a '72 or older.

  4. Love the Miata! That thing must be supercar quick with that engine. Of course if I was to do it myself I'd hide all clues of the V8 making it a sleeper.

    1. Aside from the plate there doesn't appear to be any visual queues that it is a v8 powered monster. When the hood is closed anyways.

  5. So some guy decides to clean up his stock appearing, fridge white, 4 door 10 year old Grand Am to a cruise in and has the unfortunate luck to park in front of that beautiful Fairlane. I suppose the Grand Am was nice as far as 10 year old Grand Ams go, but he's totally out classed with that Ford. Good on him, though, for having pride in his ride.

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