For years, the Cruisin’ Reunion has been a popular activity in downtown Goshen, drawing in thousands of car owners, enthusiasts and spectators. Each year, people line the streets, despite the blistering heat, and watch the cars, which range from 1930s roadsters to brand-new Corvettes, go up and down Main Street.
Ken Cass of South Bend, the owner of a red 1955 Chevy, has been attending the Cruisin’ Reunion for the past seven years. He rarely drives the car during the cruise-in, but keeps it parked on a side street, away from the busy traffic cruising down Main.
“I’ve had this car for three years now.” Cass said.
According to Cass, he was driving his 1952 Chevy in South Bend one afternoon when he was stopped by a city police officer. When the officer came up to the car, he immediately asked Cass if he was interested in selling or trading the vehicle.
“After I gave him my phone number, he called me a total of 11 times to ask me about my car. I finally decided I was ready to let the ‘52 go. We did a straight trade — the ‘52 for the ‘55 I’ve got now.” Cass said.
Seven years ago, Cass, an Interurban Trolley driver, saw an advertisement promoting the Cruisin’ Reunion while he was driving his trolley.
“I happened to see a sign for the cruise-in and I thought I’d check it out. I’ve been coming ever since.” Cass said.
Another car enthusiast, Joe Sailor of Mishawaka, parked his 1970 Chevelle convertible in the Verizon parking lot, at the corner of Main and Jefferson streets, and sat in his folding chair, watching the cars drive past.
Sailor, a life-long car fan, now owns nine classic automobiles. In addition to his Chevelle, Sailor also owns a Corvette, a Nova, a Cadillac, and a Camaro, among other cars. Sailor has been attending the Cruisin’ Reunion for five years now.
“I just really enjoy seeing everyone and their cars.” Sailor said.
Almost all the faces of those who crowded Goshen’s downtown sidewalks Friday night were decorated with smiles. And the sounds of horns and rumbling exhaust systems from the parade of cars, motorcyles and even a mo-ped, filled the air.
Camden Chaffee can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 574-533-2151, ext. 314.