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It Ain't the '60s

Ain’t it true that every Thursday I rant about what happened at the cruise (or is it “kruise”) the night before?  This week there was a better turnout of cars and people than normal.  With so much activity, there was excitement in the air and a few of the younger enthusiasts started to do some street racing.  They were screeching their tires, burning rubber and revvin’ their engines just like in the old days.  The only problem is, this isn’t the old days.  The laws are stricter, the fines are steeper and the  gendarmes (“pooh-leece” if you will) ain’t used to street racers.  And another thing to think about is the speed equipment is better today, so the cars are probably faster. That kind of ups the danger level.  If things get too much out of control, someone could get hurt . . . or killed.  In my humble opinion, these guys (or gals) should cool it.  This ain’t the ’60s.  In fact, even back in the day, it was better to take behavior like that to the drag strip where it belonged.

4 thoughts on “It Ain't the '60s

  1. Mark Koenigsmann

    I got in on the end of the era of cruisin’. In the early 70s ther was still a lot of cruising, before the energy crisis but now it is dead.
    On Long Island, NY , we had a cruise in every Friday night at the LIRR Bellmore Station but kids were street racing, spinning the wheels and there were a couple of deaths [so I am told] so guess what the end of that. I like a hot rod but my favorite are the classics, owner of a 1949 Cadillac Series 75 [7523X]. I lve all kinds but towards the end there were too many 2005 Chevy Malibu’s with the only mod spark plug wires matching the outter color of the car. I wonder where all the oldies like the Model T’s went. My Cadillac has a stuck engine so I can’t drive it but I would if I could.
    I also remember a lot of Road Rallies here on Long Island, they seem to be gone too. I loved the old MGCC events , or maybe that is because I used to own an MG Midget. I even cruised in my MG Midget it was small but fun. Oh to get those days back again.

  2. Mark Koenigsmann

    I got in on the end of the era of cruisin’. In the early 70s ther was still a lot of cruising, before the energy crisis but now it is dead.
    On Long Island, NY , we had a cruise in every Friday night at the LIRR Bellmore Station but kids were street racing, spinning the wheels and there were a couple of deaths [so I am told] so guess what the end of that. I like a hot rod but my favorite are the classics, owner of a 1949 Cadillac Series 75 [7523X]. I lve all kinds but towards the end there were too many 2005 Chevy Malibu’s with the only mod spark plug wires matching the outter color of the car. I wonder where all the oldies like the Model T’s went. My Cadillac has a stuck engine so I can’t drive it but I would if I could.
    I also remember a lot of Road Rallies here on Long Island, they seem to be gone too. I loved the old MGCC events , or maybe that is because I used to own an MG Midget. I even cruised in my MG Midget it was small but fun. Oh to get those days back again.

  3. John Gunnell

    Mark

    I grew up in Staten Island, N.Y. My first car was a ’55 Chevy 210 Del Ray coupe that I got from my grandfather in ’66. About that time there was some racing at the old E.J. Korvette store on Staten Island each Sunday for a month or so. I think the stest car was a ’30s Pontiac sedan with a later V-8 stuffed in it. It didn’t have very good brakes and nearly went through the fence at the end of its run. One Sunday a local judge came> After that, the cops cracked down and the street racing was over.

    "Gunner"

  4. John Gunnell

    Mark

    I grew up in Staten Island, N.Y. My first car was a ’55 Chevy 210 Del Ray coupe that I got from my grandfather in ’66. About that time there was some racing at the old E.J. Korvette store on Staten Island each Sunday for a month or so. I think the stest car was a ’30s Pontiac sedan with a later V-8 stuffed in it. It didn’t have very good brakes and nearly went through the fence at the end of its run. One Sunday a local judge came> After that, the cops cracked down and the street racing was over.

    "Gunner"

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