The 26th annual Carousel Cruise, hosted by Willamette Valley Street Rods, saw 225 cars spanning multiple decades and styles roll into Riverfront Park.
Classic muscle cars and rat rods rumbled into Riverfront Park alongside new Corvettes and Challengers on Saturday as the Willamette Valley Street Rods hosted their 26th annual Carousel Cruise.
Over 225 cars spanning multiple decades parked on the grassy field and popped their hoods for spectators. Couples and families strolled among the rows of cars, pointing out their favorite features.
“The diversity of cars is the draw,” said Street Rods member Ken Marshall. “There’s a good mix of old and new here, and sometimes it’s an old car but it’s new to [the owner].”
That was the case for Chris Donner, who was polishing his new-to-him 1964 Plymouth Fury convertible. Donner, who owns a Game Over Arcade in Lincoln City, has a love for all things classic. His father and grandfather are both into classic cars, and his father Darrell’s 1966 Dodge Charger was parked next to the Plymouth at the cruise in.
Donner won the car at an auction in Washington about a month ago. Since then, he’s already put hundreds of hours into fixing filters, plugs, brakes and tires. He had gone to the auction looking for parts for another vehicle, but after spotting the Plymouth and doing a bit of research, “it was everything I was looking for.”
Turns out Donner got more than he could have imagined. The car spent 25 years stored in a garage under a car cover, and even the children of the original owner hadn’t touched it. After purchasing the vehicle, Donner realized it was a rare three-speed manual transmission model. He’s already had offers on the vehicle since the auction, but has no intention of selling.
“Once we started tearing it down, it was really exciting when we realized what it was,” Donner said. “I like the obscure [cars], the ones you don’t see at other shows.”
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