‘Cruisin’ to the Oldies’ enjoys record-breaking year
by Celia Shortt
Senoia’s annual car show, “Cruisin’ to the Oldies,” was a big hit in downtown Senoia Saturday as it brought together people from all over Senoia and Georgia.
“We had gorgeous weather and big crowds,” said chairman of the Senoia Downtown Development Authority Suzanne Helfman. “I think it will be bigger than last year. It’s getting bigger every year.”
In its ninth year, this was in fact a record-setting year for the event with 292 cars registered. The cars were from all over and showcased different parts of America’s history and pastimes. They even allowed some to fulfill dreams from the past. Eleven-year-old Chandler Pierce came to “Cruisin’ to the Oldies” with his family to see the cars. His favorite car was Scooby Doo’s Mystery Machine, but he also enjoyed seeing the Batmobile.
Jerry and Valerie Patrick own AKA Junk and entered the show for the first time this year. They own both the Mystery Machine and the Batmobile.
“It took three years to build it (the Batmobile),” said Valerie. “It’s still not finished. We’re always doing something to it. We really like the turnout. I think it’s nice to have the community support something like it (Cruisin’ to the Oldies).”
For Michael Attenborough, this year’s Cruisin to the Oldies was his first car show. He submitted his red 1987 Porsche.
“That was my dream car when I was a kid,” he said. “I had the poster on the wall.”
A year ago, his dream came true when he was able to buy the original car, becoming its third owner. Attenborough and his father started to restore a 1968 Porsche when he was in high school, but they were not able to finish it. Attenborough had also been wanting to be a part of the car show for a while.
“I live here in town,” he said. I’ve been wanting to come on over and walk around. It worked out really well this year.”
Others, like Earl Randall, have been coming to the show for a while. Randall has helped with the event and also restores cars for a living. This year, he showcased his 1934 Chevrolet, which he restored from the ground up during the past 9 years. “The Car Guys,” Scott Sargeant and Charlie Filkins, emceed the event, while “The Mustangs” provided musical entertainment. Also on hand were vendors from Senoia and other parts of the state.
Danny Peeples won “Best in Show” with his 1956 Chevrolet Truck; “The Best Paint” went to a 1961 Corvette owned by Randy Pope; “The Best Interior” went to a 1951 Ford “Vicky” Hardtop owned by Billy Pore; and “The Best Engine” went to 1954 Chevy Corvette owned by Mark Wiley.