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Third Annual Cruise In

Photo by Shari Harris
From left, Gale’s ’66 Coronet 440, Baker’s El Camino and Firebird, and Barwick’s Bel Air were some of the stars at the Cruise In Saturday.

Third Annual Cruise In
By Shari Harris
The 63 Car Club and Crow Creek Bar & Grill hosted their third annual Cruise In on June 8. The overcast skies may have made some hesitate to bring their “babies” out of the garage, but several diehards were there to make the show memorable. The first ten drivers received a plaque and a t-shirt, and the next ten received a plaque.
Stephen Gale was playing the tunes, setting the mood with 60’s music.
Tom Gale brought his ’66 Coronet 440. The food tray on the driver’s window was a perfect match for the era in which this car was built. Gale redid the upholstery, floorboards and body work on the car before sending it out for a paint job.
Dennis King had a ’66 SS Chevelle 454 4-speed that he’s owned for 25-years or longer. King held a benefit cruise-in last weekend in remembrance of Danny Hebblethwaite, where he had an excellent turnout of 40-50 cars and gave away 154 hamburgers and over 150 hot dogs.
Keith Baker of the Glass Depot in Houston sent two cars to the cruise-in: a ’68 Firebird and a ’69 El Camino. The bright orange El Camino received many compliments.
A 1951 Studebaker also received many second looks. Roger Hill owned the truck for 45-years, but had it redone two years ago.
Mitch and Janice Barwick arrived in a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air two-door sedan. This car was a beaut.
John Staff brought his classic, a ’64 GTO 4-speed.
The ’79 Corvette 350 4-speed likely had the fanciest paint job of the early-goers. Jim Black’s dark blue metal flake car was definitely an eye-catcher.
A ’70 SS Chevelle 396 belonging to Ronnie Moncrief was purchased from a MLB player in St. Louis and was all original.
Wrapping up the first ten were Mike and Tina Creech, who arrived in a ’90 Mustang GT which Creech bought after a wreck and did all the body work on to restore it to it to its original glory.
If you like classic cars, don’t miss the Rte. 63 Car & Bike Club’s show at the Licking Old City Park on July 6th. There will surely be something there for everyone!


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