The roar of engines, the exhaust from the tail pipes, and sleek frames that shine in the sunlight; it could only mean one thing. Since 2003, McGregor has hosted their annual Great River Car Show and Cruise, which is open for all cars to enter to compete for trophies, or just tag along for the cruise on Great River Road in Clayton County. From vintage to late model sports cars, there’s a wide range of cars that enter, and they’re all gathered around the triangle park in McGregor for all to see.
Ever since I was a little girl, my family has been involved with car cruises and clubs. We have a 1990 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am, so as long as a show allowed newer cars, we were there. At that age, I didn’t have the same amount of appreciation for cars as I do now; now that I’m older, I’ve become more interested in vintage items of interest, and cars tend to fall into that category. When the Great River Car Show and Cruise in McGregor came up, I had to go and see what would pull into the park.
That morning, the park was full of class and sport; classic and sport model cars that is! Music from the 50s and 60s played throughout the park, giving the park a rock and roll vibe throughout the day. The savory aroma of burgers sizzling away in food vendors made my stomach grumble, yet the roar of a Corvette as it pulled into the next spot pulled me closer to the classic cruisers. Car owners admired each other’s cars, especially those that were wonderfully preserved. There were classic cars with cherry red and aqua blue paint, and further down there were sports cars with duochrome paint and ghost flames. The sunlight reflected off the shine of the glossy finish of the vehicles, making them glow in the sun. It was a sight to behold.
I unwrapped a juicy cheeseburger from the food vendor after I checked out all the cars, and took a big bite of the savory sandwich. When the clock struck two o’clock, a rumble could be heard across the park as all the cars lined up to get ready for their cruise on Great River Road. Everybody lined up along the streets to see the cars off as they revved their engines to show what their car was really made of. The lingering scent of exhaust filled the street, though it wasn’t unwelcome; it was more like an ode to the past of what cars used to be, and a progression of how cars have changed. Car shows such as this one are always a real treat, and watching them as they rode off into the afternoon truly made this day in Clayton County special.
Written by Jayna Felder | Photo Credit to Great River Car Show and Cruise