I definitely get around to a lot of events. I go to a BUNCH of car shows, nostalgia drag events, and regular drag racing events all over the Southeast, so if there’s an event within a couple hours from home, there’s a pretty good chance I’ve tried it out. One cruise in, however, I had not attended was the First Friday Cruise In located in downtown Gadsden, Alabama. It’s held on the first Friday of the month…hence the name. Now that I’ve seen just how cool it is, I hate that I’ve missed it for so long!
We arrived in Gadsden at about 4:30 local time–I thought we’d be fairly early, but there was already a nice turnout. I grabbed a handful of flyers for the Coker Tire and Honest Charley Cruise In and thought I’d have a tough time getting rid of all of them. Boy was I wrong! I ran out of my first big handful of flyers, so I went back to the car and got the rest of ’em….then proceeded to run out of those too! It turned out to be a great event with an awesome turnout of cars and trucks! Lots of good ol’ American muscle cars, with a nice mix of hot rods, rat rods and the like. We even saw Paul Atkins (famous interior guy) and his very very cool Corvette convertible, along with several other high end hot rods from the area.
Gadsden’s Cruise In has a festival vibe with lots of vendors and several musical acts, including a killer three-piece blues/southern rock band. They played lots of Allman Brothers stuff, so I was instantly a fan. As we were on our way out, we grabbed some fried goodies from one of the many food vendors, then headed East toward Lawrenceville, Georgia, where we’d be staying for the night. Our long drive was highlighted by a late night stop at The Varsity for a couple of chili-covered pieces of Atlanta cuisine. All in all, the First Friday Cruise In was well worth the drive, and I hope the folks that received flyers for the Coker Cruise In will make the drive up to Chattanooga to join us on April 21st! Either way, there’s lots more cool blog material cycling through my brain, so I should have a steady stream of stuff for a while!