Sunday, September 13, 2009

Classic Cars & Cruisers Around Kinnelon

Dawn WinklerWere you aware that just down the road from us in Kinnelon, you can admire the most beautiful classic cars and cruisers? That's right, in Riverdale at the National Guard Armory, sponsored by the Tri-County Cruisers.

Cruise Night takes place on Thursdays from May through September. The last one of the 2009 season takes place September 27 so you have two more opportunities... [assuming no rain].

I learned about this fun on-going event from our friend, Dawn Winkler [yes, that Mrs. Winkler from Apple Montessori] who, with her husband Tim, participates regularly with their classic cars.

Above, you see Dawn next to their 1969 Ford Mustang Fastback. The engine is a 351 Windsor [see below].

Her 'baby' - not pictured here - is a 1973 Mercury Cougar RX7 with a 351 Cleveland engine. As Dawn describes it: "It is all original and everything works except the clock. My car has a/c, power driver seat, rear window defogger, power front disc brakes, power steering, fmx transmission, leather interior. It was the last year that they made this size cougar based on the pony cars. 1974 they went big like the Thunderbirds."

The Tri-County Cruisers was established in 1993. The event at the Armory includes about 60 to 70 cars, all in beautiful condition. I enjoy visiting with my daughter because it's such a fun opportunity to talk about some of the cars I remember growing up, and the roadtrips we took as a family before air-conditioning, and...

1969 Ford Mustang FastbackAccording to Dawn, the Thursday night event has changed places over the years because of different circumstances. Space, food, even the police!

The Armory, though, seems like the perfect spot with ample parking and easy access from Route 23.

If you go, do look for Dawn and Tim and say hi. Their cars are beautiful and they can introduce you to others who participate in the Tri-County Cruise night with their beautiful Classic Cars.

By the way, the definition of "classic" varies as you can read from the Wikipedia entry. Tim and Dawn's cars fit the description of unique, definitive, rare and classic.

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