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Talking about the auto industry nowadays is pretty depressing. Two-thirds of Detroit is now kept afloat by the taxpayer. Nobody's making any money. Politics trumps Pontiacs. Capitol Hill gasbags blather on about the small, fuel-efficient cars we all supposedly want. Cool, fun cars that look good, go fast and make loud noises don't fit the new narrative.

So it was with great pleasure and a sigh of relief that, while running a couple of errands on Friday, I came across the weekly Classic Nights Car Club cruise taking place by the Dairy Queen in Monroe, CT. As luck would have it, I'd thrown my camera in the back seat before I left the house, so out I hopped, moseying over for a look around. Thank goodness for cruise night; It's cathartic. Current events take a backseat for a few hours every Friday as visitors, young and old, simply enjoy the great old cars for what they are. At cruise night, the people are friendly, the music's retro, and brands never die. It's all good if you ask me. Have a look at the attached gallery and judge for yourselves.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      For anyone near Arlington, WA feel free to come by the Burger King on SR 9 & 204th St NE every Saturday evening 5-10 pm. Always a good turn out. Everything from the typical Classics, Rods & Customs, to the exotic such as Ferraris, vintage Bentleys & Jaguars, or even the local Ariel Atom.


      • 5 Years Ago
      I wonder what it is about DQ. That's where our local (Beaverton, Oregon) hot rod gatherings take place every week as well. Everything from vintage Model T's all the way up to current models, it's a great time.
      • 5 Years Ago
      sounds like one helluva good time to me...........
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is a hardcore group of cruisers! They've been ruling that block for over 3 decades and the membership had grown exponentially since the 80's.

      This is a HOT SPOT! Later in the evening, most of the time, the other half of that lot will get filled with some modern cars.....800hp Cobras and Supras as well as a ton of other import and domestic cars find their way there. By 9pm you have a better than average car show on your hands.

      About two miles from there is the Route 25 Expressway.....a perfect venue for drivers to put their money where their mouths are.
      • 5 Years Ago
      nice shots, so many great cars.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sounds like a good time.
      • 5 Years Ago

      Amen Alex.

      Cruise night is starting-up here in my neck of the woods too. I like to get there early when they're arriving or late when they're leaving. That way you get to hear the cars too.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I live in CT, and while it's a great cruise night, I dislike "cut off dates".
      Our cruise night in Bristol (run by the Bristol Auto Club) has no cut off dates.

      Great pictures.

      • 5 Years Ago
      love the row of vettes,and the GTO and TRANS AM next to each other!
      • 5 Years Ago
      if only american cars still had this kind of soul.
        • 5 Years Ago
        For those in the Motor City, cruise season has all ready started. You can see classic iron almost every night of the week. Ive had my 71 Olds 442 out a couple of times.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Watch out cruise night planners.

      The annual Dream Cruise in the Detroit area, has now been followed up by a "Green Cruise" where all the enviros come out to protest the burning of fossil fuels. You will be next on their hit list, you horrible polluting bastards.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's OK, show up in your big heavy car, with a huge V8 making all kinds of noise, and leave a nice 100-ft burnout to show them how much you care... :-)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Detroit will endure. We, Michigan, always does. Just enjoy the Wings and the Tigers and relax.
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