Auburn Cruise-In adds fun on Fourth
By Jim Turner

Posted on January 1, 0001 12:00 AM

     Despite competition from other Fourth of July activities and despite its long-time organizer being unavailable, the Auburn Cruise-In was a huge success on a fun day at Auburn's beautiful park on an equally beautiful Independence Day.
     When it was learned that event organizer Bob Wylie would be unavailable on this holiday. J.R. Cundiff of Russellville, who has organized similar events in other parts of the county, took over with the able assistance of his wife Zelma.
     Over 50 vehicles were entered, ranging from cars almost a century old to a 2009 sports car. Motorcycles, trucks and adaptations of a number of auto bodies and engines were on display in the shaded area around the creek at McCutchen-Coke Park.
     Mayor Dewey Roche presented his annual trophy, and awards were handed out recognizing the age of vehicles and of entrants along with those coming the longest distance.
     A highlight was the presentation of a new award from the Auburn Historical Society. Founder Eloise Hadden chose the 1955 Chevy Bellaire owned by Bobby and Linda Keown of Morgantown. "I call the car 'Girlfriend,' because when someone asks where he is, I say, 'He's out in the garage with his girl friend,'" Linda laughed.
    Many of the other wives of exhibitors could echo those sentiments, since owning a vintage vehicle is a major commitment. The number of couples present, however, demonstrated a car show is a family affair.

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