Cruise on Central Car Show and Cruise-In October 2014

2014 Fall Cruise on Central

2014 Fall Cruise on Central

To call the Cruise on Central a big event would be a gross understatement, as there were literally hundreds upon hundreds of cool, and usually immaculate, cars from every era, and every specialized interest, both out on Central Avenue and on display. The weather was spectacular, warm but not too warm, and of course there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. The biennial Cruise on Central, which is held on the second Saturday of April and October, draws collectors, enthusiasts, spectators, and cruisers from throughout Arizona and beyond, for what is regarded as one of the state‚Äôs oldest and best cruise-in events.

Cars of every description share the field at the 2014 Fall Cruise on Central

Cars of every description share the field at the 2014 Fall Cruise on Central

Beetle meets 57 Chevy in this unusual automotive confection

Beetle meets 57 Chevy in this unusual automotive confection

Australian Ford Torino

Australian Ford Torino

This annual year’s Fall Cruising on Central, already a huge event, was one of the perhaps the most well-attended cruise we’ve seen in the last 3 years. Whether its a sign of an improving economy or just a coincidence, Nancy Perry Productions, which has been the event’s promoter for the past 14 years, must have done a heck of a job organizing and promoting the event, because it was wall-to-wall with thousands of people, and lots of interesting rides, cruising up and down Central Avenue, and on the huge show field that was set up in the Park Central Shopping Center’s parking lot.

As parking together on the show field is well-nigh impossible if you don’t all arrive early and together, LCCI Central Arizona Region members were instructed to meet up at our traditional viewing location on the Northeast corner of Earll Drive and Central, where we had the best seats in the house for watching all of the cars that were on parade, as well as those turning in to appear on the show field. Well over a dozen members met up to hang out and watch the seemingly never-ending supply of interesting scenery drive by, from classic cars, limited edition models, customs, hot rods, drag racers, low riders, sports cars and trucks of all kinds, there were even some ex-military vehicles.

Vendors and manufacturers were on hand, selling everything from vehicle accessories, products and services, food, commemorative event T-shirts, and even vintage clothing with which you could accessorize your ride, for those up for wearing period-authentic clothes. Also on hand, was Nancy Perry’s primary DJ, Greg Mathers, spinning classic tunes from the 50s through to the 70s, we’re so impressed with his incredible sound system and deep catalog of vintage hits, that we’ve hired him to be our DJ for the car show and awards banquet at Heatwave 2015.

We’ll of course get another opportunity to enjoy Mather’s spinning talents at the Westgate Car Show later this month, and we’re sure to be back, sitting in out usual prime spot, for the Spring Cruise on Central in April 2015; we wouldn’t miss it for the world!

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