Troy gets a blast from the past at Spring Cruise-In

TROY, Ala. (TROJANVISION) — The streets of Troy gleamed with polished chrome and echoed the roar of engines this weekend during Troy’s annual Spring Cruise-In car show.

“It’s one of my favorite events that we do,” said city employee Leigh Anne Windham. “Antique cars come down and are put on display, but it’s about the interaction between the attendees and participants talking about the cars that is the fun part.”

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From meticulously-restored vintage cars to eye-catching custom builds, event organizers said the cruise-in always has something for every car fan. One participant explained just how special the event is to him and what he hopes for younger audiences.

“I came down for the first one which had a good turn-out,” Art McKnatt said. “Not many young folks are interested in old cars. I’d like to see them take an interest in the old stuff because even though I’ll go eventually, I don’t want to see the cars go too.”

Attendees got to admire a wide variety of cars, from iconic muscle cars to cars that would make collectors go wild. All while being able to listen to live music, eat at local restaurants, and have some family-friendly fun.

“I’ve built my own cars for years,” McKnatt told TrojanVision. “It’s just a hobby of mine that I thoroughly enjoy while also enjoying the people that I’m able to meet. There’s always a bunch of nice folks at these showings enjoying the cars. It’s something that I just feel like is a good thing.”

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“I’ve always had a passion for old cars,” Benjamin Smith, owner of a 1965 coupe mustang, said. “I got this car when I was 12 and worked on it with my dad to restore it. At 16, we finally got it done and it’s something we enjoy showing off.”

The cruise-in was more than just a gathering of car lovers, it was a celebration of shared memories, passions, and vibrant spirit for the community itself. One that the community says will continue to shine like chrome.