Villages Monthly Cruise In
Contributed by Ed Sindoni
The “snowbirds” may have left, but the car count is still over 200 here in The Villages. This show is open first to the residents of the community, and then others may be allowed in if there is room. Each month a different Villages’ car club has the honor of hosting the event and leading the vehicles into the square for display. On hand to feed the crowd are the brick and mortar establishments as well as some “portables” brought in special for the hungry folks.
Many spectators are content to browse through the parked classic vehicles (must be at least 25 years old), but the best part of the show is watching the parade enter the Spanish Springs Square. The rumble is very pleasing to the eardrums. This usually begins at about 2:15 and the show itself wraps up at 8pm. This whole event has something for everyone, as shopping is nearby, and a host of other restaurants are within ¼ mile. Just watch traveling in the area as this is a golf cart community, and they appear fearless.
A few vehicles to highlight, and just by chance, they are all Oldsmobiles.
This 1964 Olds F-85 Cutlass Convertible is owned by Aileen and Bill Powell from Belleview, FL. This very rare car spent most of its life in Nevada, and originally came equipped with a 330 cubic inch engine and a three speed on the floor. This beauty has been upgrade with new paint (PPG color/clear) in 1995, 5 speed overdrive transmission, 455 (now 462) Olds engine, front power disc brakes, and all custom in-dash Auto Meter Instruments. You know you’d like to be at the wheel of this one.
Bill and Sandy Wright from The Villages are the proud owners of this 1966 F-85 Deluxe Holiday Coupe with a 442 option. Look closely at the picture and yes that is a 4 speed floor shift lever! Many factory options had been ordered with this California car which made it 1 of 798 442s built in this configuration of a total production number of 21,997. It was bought new at Holiday Olds in San Bernardino, CA. This car had five previous owners, but has never been restored by any of them. It is a very clean, unique beauty.
Dave Kozak brought his newly acquired 1972 442 Olds with him to The Villages from Schenectady, NY when he moved there about seven years ago. The 350 engine has lots of power options to operate: front disc brakes, steering, windows, and top. This car is also equipped with A/C, AM/FM stereo, and an automatic transmission with a floor console. This was the last year for the convertible, and only 1,175 were made. Sunglasses are suggested for both driving and viewing this shiny gem.
Additional pictures form the show are HERE.