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July 5, 2006 > A blast from the past

A blast from the past

by Janet Grant

Imagine a time when life in America was simpler. When everyone liked Ike, frozen TV dinners were a high-tech wonder, and a fun time meant cruising Main and hitting the burger stand in a chopped, channeled, souped-up coupe. You can relive some of those simpler days on Saturday, July 8, at the Newark Chamber of Commerce's Classic Cruisers USA Classic Car and Truck Show.

An idea of almost a year ago has grown into reality thanks to the Chamber and car club, Classic Cruisers USA, joint sponsors of this first time event. Over 100 vehicles from around the Bay Area and throughout California will be on display in a celebration of the great cars of the past. Alongside American muscle cars of the '50s and '60s will be vintage gems of earlier days. Among the classics visitors will see Packards of the early 1900s, a 1931 Cadillac Sedan, a 1954 Corvette and even a 1958 Fremont Police Cruiser.

America's torrid love affair with the automobile blossomed when Henry Ford first rolled his black Model-Ts off the assembly line in 1908. Hailed as the "Everyman" car, it was stylishly simplistic, reliable, and affordable. This highly successful vehicle initiated a new era in personal transportation, lending freedom and individuality to America's rapidly growing middle class. In succeeding decades, sleek roadsters and chrome plated beauties reflected the romance of that era. Following the popularity of early California hot rods, factories began producing their own brand of performance and muscle cars in the '50s, '60s and '70s pulsating with performance, personal expression and the lure of the open road.

For some, classic automobiles stir nostalgia; to others, a classically restored car represents a work of art and a piece of history. Show chairman Dick Modzeleski said that like today's celebrities, classic cars are stars within their own right. It is a true love affair for car enthusiasts who spend hours polishing, tinkering and babying them. And that tremendous effort is evident when these automobiles are displayed in pristine condition.

So come on hip cats and make the scene at the Newark Pavilion, where the cars are "cherry" and the people are "cool." There will be food, vendors, raffles, '60s music, children's activities, and of course a spectacular mix of vintage cars and trucks from America's past - where life seemed simpler and the open road beckoned us all.

Classic Cruisers USA Classic Car and Truck Show
Saturday, July 8
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Newark Pavilion
6430 Thornton Ave., Newark
(510) 791-7923

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