KEAN 105.1 hosted the 34th annual Abilene Cruise Night Saturday, Oct. 1. Many Abilenians come every year to the show, whether to show off their car or just enjoy the fun atmosphere, cool cars, and comfortable weather.
Albert Garza has showed his for the past eight years, he has brought his beautiful car to the show, but now he competes. Garza bought his car, a 1964 Chevy convertible Impala, for $18,000 three years ago, but said it could be appraised at $38,000 with an original 327 engine but all new wheels and interior.
“The cruise is just for fun,” Garza said. “At the car show, you can win plaques and trophies. It’s pretty much just for pride.”
Garza wasn’t the only Impala owner who took pride in his vehicle. His friend, Jason Deleon, brought his 1964 hard top, which he bought in pieces six years ago.
“I don’t have a clue how much I’ve spent on the car, and I don’t really want to know,” Deleon said.
Deleon said he has been coming to the car show for 30 years.
“I redid everything, bumper to bumper,” Deleon said. “I also put a sound system in there because I like to be loud when I’m cruising. The cruise is just for fun and chilling.”
Gene Reed showed his 1967 Pontiac Firebird 400 Original. Reed bought his car with only the flashy red paint on it. Reed has attended many shows and won several times in the eight years he has been coming and said he was proud to show his car.
Car owners paid $30 to participate in the competition.