Bill McEwen looked around at the Thunderbirds and classic hot rods on display during Culver’s of Huntley’s Cruisin’ Car Show on Tuesday, but his favorite was his very own 1966 Thunderbird.
McEwen, of Lake in the Hills, and his son Dan, 17, came out to show off the classic T-Bird, painted a bright red. He just started getting into the cruise night circuit last year. McEwen finds he gets many ideas to do more things to the car, which was restored when he bought it.
“I saw it and had to have it,” he said.
He doesn’t drive it on a daily basis.
“Oh no,” he said. “I try not to drive it in the rain or snow.”
Richard Myers, Culver’s assistant manager, said the Cruisin’ Car Show is starting to get a following by word of mouth. DJ Rudy Kay, of Huntley, does three or four cruise nights or shows a week throughout the area, and he thinks Culver’s is popular because it has a family feel to it.
Steve Holland had his car, a 1965 El Camino, on display with the hood up to show off its engine. He said the Culver’s Cruisin’ Car Show is at a good location — off Interstate 90 and near Sun City Huntley — and has a good layout. Myers, too, is great to work with on the show, he said.
Holland is with Racers for Christ, a group that provides religious services and prayers for racecar drivers at events. The Union resident said Racers for Christ also prays for the drivers’ safety.
He set up a table with free literature at Tuesday’s Cruise Night.
Besides his own, Holland’s favorite car was a red 1931 Ford 5 Window Coupe street rod.
Another impressive car was a 1932 DeSoto owned by Richard Vehrs, of South Elgin. He’s had the car since 1974 and restored every part himself before having it professionally painted.
He usually shows off the DeSoto twice a month, although “it depends on what the wife says,” Vehrs said.
Cruisin' Car Shows will be held June 26, July 10 and 24 and Aug. 14 and 28 at Culver's, 13240 Route 47, Huntley, Ill.