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Chuck’s 34 Ford Coupe and Linda, “The Princess” 33 Ford Coupe

 Ashland, VA Chick-fil-A Cruise-In
Stafford, VA
Brusters Cruise-In Bull Run Car Show Manassas, VA 
 Weekend 4-29, 30, 5-1-2011

 Pictures By Charles Shotwell aka Chuck the Slacker
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If you Don’t Cruise….you Lose!

Friday afternoon and the Princess and I met Fred at WAWA to leave for the cruise at Ashland, VA.  The cruise officially begins at 6PM but as I have written before the traffic around here is really hateful and Friday night….forget about it!  So to make sure we made the 55 mile run without being late we gave ourselves plenty of time, we left at 2:30.  Naturally we encountered very little traffic on the trip?  We got there at 4PM!  Chick-fil-a had roped off the parking lot but no one else was there including Fayraysounds, the manager of the cruise!   So much for anticipating the traffic….  At least we got to pick our parking spot.  After a few lame attempts by me of choosing the “best” parking place I decided it would be much better to let the Princess choose….hmmmmm  You think I would have learned my lesson about letting  her pick the parking place, I guess I’m not very trainable?

Around 5PM the regulars started cruising in….this cruise always has a high percentage of traditional hot rods, it’s really cool to see them rumbling in one after another.  There must be something in the water down there that ignites the imagination of those guys/gals.  The first to come in was a rat rod tow truck….maybe he knew something?  Jim showed up with his Rotten Peach ’46 Ford PU, this hot rod is always a source of interest….and Jim loves to talk about his ride to anyone, especially if the questioner is a girl, a nice looking girl, a single nice looking girl….I’m just saying.  Some of the couples have discovered what fun it is to have two hot rods in the family….it was really cool to see the lady cruising in driving her T-Bucket….goggles and all!  We experienced the same evolution of lady drivers while we rode motorcycles.  When we started riding in the 60’s women never rode their own bikes but about 15 years ago we started seeing more and more lady bikers.  And now we are seeing a similar evolution with the hot rods….  I like it when the Princess and I ride in the same car but when she drives her hot rod and I’m alone in the RedRat it’s somehow quieter …. I didn’t say that!  Be sure to check out the “Studebaker” hot rod and the ’51 Mercury pick up.  The black ’63 Chevy was flawless, like something out of a time capsule.  And then….the white Citroen 2CV….I’m not saying anything else about that.  The host of the cruise is Chick-fil-A and they give free sandwiches, drinks and refills to all the drivers which keeps us eating healthy….love those french fries….grin  Around 8:30 it started getting cooler so the Princess said it was time to head home so we cruised north to Stafford and put the hot rods away for the day.

Ashland, VA Chick-fil-A Cruise-In


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