Part of the capacity crowd from last night’s cruise-in. Photos by Kurt Ernst, David Conwill and Terry McGean.
To some, it’s the budding of trees and the blooming of flowers (often accompanied by the popping of allergy pills), while to others it’s the return of the swallows to the Mission San Juan Capistrano in California. To those of us at Hemmings world headquarters in Bennington, Vermont, the surest sign of spring is the return of cars to our parking lot, marking the official start of cruise-in season.
1915 Ford Model T runabout.
Last night, May 12, was the first event of 2016, and our weather (which has been unseasonably cold) was spectacular, prompting a packed parking lot and plenty of visitors on hand to take in the sights and sounds. As usual, there was something for everyone, from a concours-condition Model T Ford to a 19,000-mile Acura NSX, along with plenty of street rods, muscle cars, classics, and even a few vintage trucks to round out the mix.
A Polaris Slingshot parked next to a Ford Model A; how’s that for contrast?
Weather permitting, cruise-ins are held on every-other Thursday night, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m., with the sole exception being Friday, July 8, which corresponds with National Collector Car Appreciation Day. Upcoming cruise-in dates for our Bennington office are:
- Thursday, May 26
- Thursday, June 9
- Thursday, June 23
- Friday, July 8
- Thursday, July 21
- Thursday, August 4
- Thursday, August 18
Cruise-ins are free to attend and to display your vehicle, and prizes are given out in multiple categories for our editor’s favorites; for more information, visit Hemmings.com/Events/CruiseIns. We hope to see you here for our next event, but in the meantime, enjoy these images from last night’s show.