blank 08/24/09 10:33PM Classic Cruisers, Green County Cruisers, hot rods, Muscle Cars, street rods

Car show boasts classic cruisers
By Hilary Hawke

Classic Cruisers Car Show

After three rained-out events, the Greene County Cruisers finally succeeded in holding their first annual Athens Cruise-In and nearly 40 gleaming, pampered cars were on display to the delight of both aficionados and admirers.

Treasurer Si Bashan said they had been trying all summer to get the Athens event off the ground but had been stymied by the summer's sultry weather.

With 48 members, the Greene County Cruisers, established on Feb. 21, 2008 for the sole purpose of “having fun and showing off our cool rides,” describes their mission statement as “Fostering camaraderie among car enthusiasts and collectors.”

And there were plenty of both on hand Thursday, Aug. 20.

Ronald O’Bryan, a retired LaFarge worker,  showed off his canary yellow 1925 Model T Roadster, a replica he finished last month and which already has 400 miles on it.

Si posed in front of his pristine condition, fire-engine red 1987 Chevy Monte Carlo Super Sport.

Bashan, who has been restoring cars since 2001, retired form Stanley, Dean and Winter a couple of years ago and has been indulging his lifetime passion for cars since then.

“90% of our members are retirees,” he said. “We get together to swap ideas, network, compare cars and help each other out.

“We held our first annual car show at the Athens-Leeds Firehouse a couple of weeks ago,” he added.  “We attracted nearly 50 cars.”

Harold Jenkins pointed out the oldest car at the show, a 1935 Ford and his own stunning 1968 Pontiac Firebird.

Bill Brown, a member of the largest group along the Northeast, the Skull Street Road Club, drove up from Saugerties with his custom painted, peacock blue 1941 rebuilt Chevy.

Brown, who runs a landscaping company and goes nowhere without his comfy camp chair, said, “I would come out seven nights a week if I could.”

Ed 'Mig' Migliaci of Freehold showed off one of the more exotic looking cars at the cruise-in, a black 1951 Kaiser Henry J Compact. With a limited production between 1951 until 1955, there are few left in the world.

Mig’s car won the King of the Hill award in all classes at the Lebanon Valley Car Show in 1995. Innovative in his restoration, Mig, who runs a meat grinding equipment business which supplies more than 100 Price Choppers, uses unusual materials such as a BBQ rack for a front bumper.

The club is open to anyone 16 years old and up interested in cars, bikes or trucks.

It sponsors several events every season including cruises, car show and club rides.

Their next event is the Wheels of Time Cruise Nights at the Greeneville GNH September 16 at 6 p.m.

The club also meets every Wednesday at the new paved parking area of the B&B Lounge on Route 32 in Cairo from 6 to 9 p.m.. and features music, trophies, door prizes and more.

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