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Gearing Up for Classic Car Cruise Season

Photo by Barry Claessens, BC Photography

Photo by Barry Claessens, BC Photography

—   Annette Williams

Reinventing the popular 1960s tradition, Ramona American  Graffiti Cruise has become the go-to Thursday-night event since 2015. Its fifth season, scheduled to launch in April 2019, is sure to be no exception.  

Cruise night founders Kristy and Jerry Keller, who customarily lead the parade of vintage vehicles up and down Main Street, say that the event will likely debut the second or third week in April, depending on the weather. Visit the “Ramona American Graffiti Cruise” Facebook page for updates.

 “We do enjoy cruise night, because it allows us to keep all our vehicles running,” says Kristy Keller. “We have so many, so it’s definitely something we have to do.”

Every week throughout the season, the Kellers choose one of their 12 vehicles to put on the road. 

“We have everything from a 1947 Plymouth Woodie to a 2011 Charger — and everything in between,” she says, adding that the Woodie is the family wagon that she and her siblings grew up with in San Diego. This classic piece of Americana usually makes an appearance during the debut cruise.

For those who can’t get their fill of classic cars, many vintage vehicle owners participate in a weekly car show that takes place every Sunday throughout the year in the parking lot in the 1400 block of Main Street. Everyone is invited to display their cars, and the public is welcome to stop by and show their appreciation. Winter hours are 3 to 5 p.m., changing to 4 to 6 p.m. when Daylight Saving Time goes into effect. The show is canceled for rain. 

In addition, a car show is being planned at 434 Aqua Ln. to benefit the Ramona Senior Center. Organizer Leroy Clubb says the April show is set to take place the Saturday before the first 2019 cruise. 

During cruising season, drivers line up at Ron’s Tire and Brake on Etcheverry Street and travel caravan-style, spectators get comfortable on chairs and blankets along Main Street, and everyone has a great time!