A couple of days after attending the 2019 edition of the WAPA Rally, I took my rental 2019 Nissan Maxima SV down the street to check out the latest gathering of classic machines at Curtis Motor Company in Christiansburg, Virginia.
According to Joe Curtis, the proprietor of Curtis Motor Company, he’s held five other “Cruiz-In” events prior to the one I attended; I also attended the Cruiz-In in late June of 2019. For him, it’s just a way for his friends to get together and show off their rides to anyone and everyone who rolls down upon Roanoke Street.
Curtis Motor Company has been my neighbor since I moved into the secluded neighborhood I call home in January of 2018. Early on (before I got my license or started driving cars in earnest), I would usually walk through the lot on a given day — either on my way to the post office, the bus stop, or my local Speedway — stopping for a moment if a particular car caught my attention.
Most of such cars happened to be a part of Curtis’ private collection, including this stunning mid-Sixties Ford F-100 Custom Cab; he also has a 1977 F-150 Ranger XLT in a similar shade as this truck.
Another stunner was this green-on-green 1974 Dodge Charger SE, the final model year for the third-generation car before, like most other cars at that point, taking on personal luxury in the middle of the Seventies. By the looks of the engine bay, this Charger likely is packing more horsepower than it did when first purchased off the showroom floor.
Imports also showed up for the fall Cruiz-In, like this neon green Scion tC. The car has appeared at more than a few car shows in Christiansburg for as long as I can remember.
Here’s something you won’t see too often: a Roush Mustang. Built by Roush Performance in Livonia, Michigan, a stock Mustang is given upgrades to create more power, plus some changes to the exterior and interior to bring some style to the party.
Though I only spent a few moments of my day at this season’s Cruiz-In, I know I’ll be back soon enough, whether I drive there, or make the walk from my Old Dominion home.
Photos: Cameron Aubernon/Aubernon Highway