By Jill Brubaker Reigh
Hollidaysburg Correspondent 

Classic Cars Line the Streets of Hollidaysburg During Cruise-In

 

Jill Brubaker Reigh

Mike Leamer of Hollidaysburg shines the engine of his 1970 Pontiac GTO that he has owned for 25 years. He did all the restoration except for painting. This 99 percent original "numbers car" GTO has won many awards.

After a wet week, the only slick thing on this Friday evening, May 31, were the buffed chrome fenders and wheels on the classic cars lining the streets of Downtown Hollidaysburg. Gleaming metal shone in the sunshine as Friday evening brought droves of folks to the Diamond.

The event was the popular Downtown Hollidaysburg Allegheny Street Cruise-In hosted by the Borough of Hollidaysburg. The event originally started with the borough's 175th anniversary, returning for its ninth year. Stuckey Automotive sponsored the event.

What besides cool cars can beckon visitors than some great music? How about music on the Diamond with "The Fabulous Flashbacks," introduced by Katrina Pope, newly appointed Hollidaysburg Borough director of community relations and events.

Cars lined Allegheny Street along with side streets, bumper to bumper for the cruise-in. It was like stepping back in time, strolling along with an incredible variety of vehicles, all required to be built earlier than 1973.

Car owners were proud to talk about their vehicles. Many have been rebuilt from a pile of parts while others have been kept in prime condition since they left the assembly line decades ago.

Participating vehicle owners plus visitors gathered early to get a prime spot for their car and their chairs. One of the early birds was Matt Weitzel of Duncansville. He brought his fully customized "Dreamsicle," a 1960 Chevrolet C10 Pickup. Weitzel bought the truck a year ago and has done all the custom work himself. After working full time during the day, he comes home and enjoys tinkering in his garage on his toys.


Harold Rossman of Hollidaysburg has restored several cars, including the "Timber Rattler," so named for its wooden truck bed. His 1952 Chevy 3100 Deluxe Pickup was original when he bought it but he added an automatic transmission along with air conditioning. It even has a bench seat from a Cadillac Escalade with seatbelts already built in. He did all the work. Purchased 13 years prior, Rossman's work took about four years. He uses it just for car shows. Rossman also rebuilt a 1955 four-door Belair that was his dad's, along with a 1938 Chevy sedan built for his son and a 1947 Chevy coupe.

Mike Leamer brought his 1970 Pontiac GTO that has 99 percent original interior and exterior. This GTO has won Best of Show in the past. The GTO hasn't been shown in 10 years until Friday. Leamer decided to participate because all the family were in town.


No matter which car, looking in car windows was as good as a window into the past, with dial dashboard displays, push button radios and stick shifts being the norm. Ah yes, welcome to Nirvana.

Check out http://www.hollidaysburg.org for upcoming events.

Jill Brubaker Reigh

This 1960 "Dreamsicle" Chevrolet C10 Pickup is fully custom. Matt Weitzel of Duncansville did all the work himself as a hobby in six months. Weitzel drives the truck as much as possible to work for enjoyment.

 

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