Strolling through this Dairy Queen parking lot is like journeying back to a bygone era.
Here, you can take a trip down Nostalgia Lane to a time when AM radio ruled the airwaves, and fuzzy dice hanging from the rearview mirror were all the rage.
That’s because dozens of cars, most of them American classics, are on display every Thursday evening at the Dairy Queen Grill & Chill Cruise-In, 23671 State Road 54 in Lutz.
Proud owners happily show of their rides.
They exchange stories with fellow gearheads and enthusiasts, alike.
Many of their tales center on the painstaking work it takes to restore these beauties, as well as the rigorous maintenance schedules needed to keep them in tip-top shape.
This show is just of one of several hosted in the Tampa area by Paul Figoni of Let’s Roll Promotions.
He began his car show at the Dairy Queen in Citrus Park about 14 years ago.
When it started, it was geared toward American classic and muscle cars, but over the years it has evolved to include a wider array of styles — which, as a result, has captured the hearts of a diverse population of car enthusiasts.
As the sun was beginning to set on the last Thursday in September, the sounds of “Crossroads,” a Land O’ Lakes oldies band filled the air.
They provided the perfect soundtrack to this voyage back in time.
Car enthusiasts visiting the show could drool over dozens of classic vehicles, including a 1960s Plymouth Sport Satellite, a couple of 1950s-era Ford Thunderbirds, an iconic 1954 Cadillac, a 1930s Ford Model A hotrod, a 1970s era Toyota Celica, a late 1960s model Chevrolet Chevelle, a 1968 Triumph TR250, a few vintage Corvettes, and a rare Studebaker Avanti.
And, it’s simple to participate. You just cruise in.
There are no fees to include your ride at the show. But those registering do get a chance to win the 50/50 drawing and door prizes.
Want to know more? Check out Let’s Roll Car Shows Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/letsrollcarshows.
Published October 09, 2019