Friday, September 22, 2023

Thursday Night Cruise-in at Cabelas

 About three weeks ago we got invited to a cruise-in that has been taking place regularly on Thursday evenings between five and seven at the local Cabelas parking lot . As it's only a couple miles from home I had to check it out .

 Been there three weeks in a row now and it has not been disappointing at all.

Met some cool old duffers like these two rough looking cats Dan with the 64 Impala and Mike with the 64 Galaxie convertible.


The event was started this spring by car geek and all around good kid Derick Rabida seen here in the "topless" shirt with the little purple Nissan truck.

Mostly a boy racer and tuner thing until us Gray-beards started showing up recently .

You never know what will turn up

Bear's mint 57

Or some fool in an old Volvo

A kid with a right hand drive Toyota with tuner V8 engine

. . . or a Japanese import Honda Kei-Car

Also right hand drive

With its Japanese inspection sticker

Dan's 64 Impala

An immaculate AMC 72? Javelin

A 71 Celica

With a monster clutch eating Lexus V8 engine crammed in it

A hard top sixty something Galaxie

A well preserved 89 Nissan 240SX

With a mint interior

To a 77 Oldsmobile with the choked down F heads and monstrous Holleys just for show

Or whatever this sled is

With a giant five liter Ford V8

With an interesting interior

My friend Scott's pristine 53 Customline Ford

A superbly restored candy red 66 Charger

That tempts even the most non-Mopar schlep like me . . .

. . .  with its classic sweeping lines

. . . and iconic interior

Modern cars don't have nothing on this

Sad to think already today these are just a nostalgic memory

A baby yellow sixty something . . .

Ford Fairlane

The "Ladies Man" pimp-mobile with purple under-lighting . . .

. . . decorated with drapes and crystal tumblers for his Courvoisier

And an 83? Celica Supra with a recent buff job


Even the Harley Drawn Hot-Dog cart was there to feed the hungry last night.




  1. Nice assortment of cars, I like these impromptu car gatherings, Real cars, not cars made up for nothing but car shows. I want to real guy with limited funds kinda thing and could be a daily driver.

    1. Its definitely a brung what you built kind of event. And everyone there does. And though the majority there were the young guys with the sort of car that holds little interest to us older folks, I do appreciate it is their interpretation of the same idea. Most of them were born post 9/11. They are into the 90s and newer stuff that they grew up with and they think of as "old" cars. They are smart at things I'd never dream of like turbos, and boosting and reprofiling ECUs and tweaking the mapping computers to get 250 hp out of little two liter VW and Honda engines. And they have been very welcoming of us old guys. So its all good and there is great camaraderie. Derrick who started the gathering with just a few friends does what he can to greet everyone personally and thank them for coming. And should he spot anyone doing something stupid that might get us kicked out, he publicly and live on Fakebook shames anyone doing so and asks them not to come back. Apparently early on when he first started the event in the spring the local cops came to Cabelas management and complained and claimed folks were misbehaving and the manager told them to get lost cause they were watching us on they security cameras and had not seen any undue behavior.