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July 4, 2014

Thousands turn out for Cruisin' good time

GOSHEN — Three-year-old Zachary Watts waited and watched while eating his popcorn.

He stood on the corner of Lincoln and Main streets in downtown Goshen with his grandparents Sue and Dan Buzzard of Goshen.

The sounds of revving engines, squealing tires along with the rumbling of exhausts surrounded Zachary during First Fridays Goshen Cruisin’ Reunion.

He spotted a gray Dodge Charger near the Goshen Theater and waved his little hand.

“Hi Mommy. Hi Daddy. I saw mommy and daddy,” he told his grandparents, as his parents, Angela and Raymond Watts, cruised by. Zachary impatiently waited for them to drive around the block along with a street full of classic vehicles.

“They go fast and I want to drive a blue car someday,” he said.

The crowds started gathering well before the official start of the popular event at 5 p.m.

Everything came together for this First Fridays. It was the Fourth of July and the weather was perfect — sunshine and the temperature hovering at 77 degrees.

Paul and Jill Miller of Goshen claimed their spot in the middle of the block by the Goshen Courthouse.

“This is just beautiful (the weather). We got down here by 4:15 p.m. I used to go cruising in a yellow Gremlin down Main Street every weekend and oftentimes during the week in the late 60s and early 70s,” Jill Miller said. “This brings back so many fun memories. They’d burn more rubber back then and it was always kind of noisy. It was a bigger deal back then.”

Her husband also spent his time cruising during the same era.

“We were always changing and swapping our motors, transmissions and tires back then,” Paul Miller said. “Kids can’t modify or customize cars like we did. There’s too much computer equipment now.”

There were newcomers to the event like Sam Miller of LaGrange and Harry Troyer of Burr Oak, Mich. The old buddies swapped stories and shared memories of cars and trucks that became classics through the years.

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