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« on: May 23, 2016, 12:44:36 AM »

Weekly Cruise In at the Bilo Plaza, Altoona, PA .  .  .
May 30, 2004
Part 1 of 3

During one of my many visits home to Altoona, Pennsylvania, I had the opportunity to revive an old tradition from when I lived there.  The Blair County Antique Automobile Club hosts a weekly Cruise In on Sunday nights during the summer months.  Locations have varied over the years, but usually involved a local shopping plaza parking lot.  The now defunct Bilo supermarket plaza hosted the event on this Memorial Day weekend back in 2004.  The holiday weekend meant I would be driving back to Columbia, Missouri on Memorial Day Monday, thus allowing me to check out the show on Sunday night.  Awesome !

1975 Cadillac Hearse

This car belonged to one of the board members of the BCAAC.  Mr. Feathers was a walking encyclopedia of Cadillac and Buick facts, figures, codes, and specs.  He owned several of each.  I used to store my 1965 Cadillac convertible at his garage.

1978 Chevrolet Corvette

Only 1,991 Corvette buyers ordered Dark Brown in 1978, (around 4%).  I like it even though it may not be everyone's taste.  This car showed 13k original miles.

1972 Buick LeSabre convertible

This is quite a rare car being one of 2,037 produced that year.

1970 Plymouth Superbird

This car, and the similar 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona, exist solely because of NASCAR.  Chrysler created the "Winged Warriors" to compete with Ford on the high banked ovals around the country.  This car features a 440 CID V8, (not sure if it was the base 4bbl or optional Six-Barrel), and a "Pistol Grip" 4-speed manual transmission.  A total of 1,920 Superbirds were produced.

Row of imports

Everyone and everything is welcome at these Cruise Ins.  The whole Import craze wasn't as popular in the Altoona area as it was in other places back then.  But they were always represented at the local shows.

1972 Chevrolet Chevelle SS454

I don't know if this car is an original SS454.  Chevrolet's record keeping in those days was less than stellar. says 5,333 cars were equipped with "SS454" equipment, which would make this car quite rare if it's the real thing.

1986 Buick Regal T-Type

The Regal T-Type was the Grand National's less-sinister-looking brother.  Unlike the all black GN, the T-Type featured various exterior paint colors and blacked out trim.  There was also a Regal Turbo available that still had all the chrome in place.  All three were mechanically identical having the same 3.8L Turbo V6.  

mid-1960s Rolls Royce

I don't know the exact year of this Roller.  This body style seems to have been in production from 1963 (first year for the quad headlamps), to 1966 .  .  .
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continued .  .  .
Part 2 of 3

1970 Cadillac Hearse

Seeing two hearses at a small car show may seem unusual.  But Cadillac Professional Cars seemed to be well represented in Pennsylvania.  I remember seeing a lot of them when I lived there.

1956 Buick Series 70 Roadmaster

The upgrade side molding leads me to believe that this is the top of the line Roadmaster.  This car was beautiful !  I love the factory wire wheels.

Mustang Cobra II and 1970 Mercury Cougar Eliminator

The Cougar Eliminator has always been a favorite of mine.  Those cars are very rare, (2,267 produced in 1970).  And I think I'm one of the few people on the planet that actually likes the Mustang II.  This particular car was really nice !

1933 Rolls-Royce

This beautiful 1933 Rolls-Royce is a right-hand drive import.  Power comes from a 7.7L inline 6-cylinder engine that makes 120 hp.

1967 Chevrolet Impala SS convertible

This was another beautiful car.  I've seen this car many times because it was stored at Howdy Ellenberger's museum over the winter.

1964 Ford Galaxie convertible

1966 Ford Galaxie convertible

1963 Studebaker Gran Turismo Hawk

This is another very rare car, one of 4,634 produced in 1963.  The following year would be the last for the Hawk, and Studebaker, itself, would be gone by 1966.

1969 Dodge Charger R/T

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« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2016, 01:37:38 AM »

continued .  .  .
Part 3 of 3

There was always a good mix of cars at these Cruise Ins

The collector car hobby was, and still is alive and well in central Pennsylvania.

1951 Hudson Hornet

The Hudson Hornet was the king of the NASCAR track in its day.

1971 Buick GS455 Stage 1

This is another extremely rare car !  A total of 801 Stage 1 cars were produced that year.

1969 Oldsmobile 442 convertible

Oldsmobile produced 4,295 442 convertibles in 1969 making this car quite rare.

1971 Plymouth Road Runner

This isn't a particularly rare car, (Plymouth produced 14,218 Road Runners in 1971).  But it is one of 82 Road Runners produced that year with the M51 Sunroof option.

1978 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

The 1977 - 1981 Z28 is my favorite from a styling standpoint.  I've always loved these cars, and would love to own one.  Finding one that isn't rusted away into nothing was, even then, quite a challenge.  This car was absolutely mint, and was for sale for $9,500, which would have been a pretty good deal.

1966 Pontiac GTO convertible

Porsche 944

Porsche produced the 944 from 1982 - 1991.  I believe this is a 944 S2 which was introduced in 1989.

1981 Chevrolet Corvette

The 1980 - 1982 C3 Corvette is my favorite from a styling standpoint.  I had an '81 many years ago and loved it !
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