Contributed by Ed Sindoni
The first Saturday of the month traditionally has been the time for the cruise to and at Dade City encircling the court house now between the hours of noon-4pm. The tradition continues and during the winter months includes the invasion of cars brought south to those seeking Florida’s warmth and sunshine.
Besides the vehicles, the shops and cafes thrive because of the visitors, and basically all have an enjoyable afternoon listening to DJ sounds of those long remembered past years. Yes, the Guess Who, Everly Brothers, Elvis and Four Seasons are there right with us. But as with most cruises/shows, the best part is exploring the other rides and owners who attend.
One such person is Steven Tuck who presented his better than factory new 1962 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz. This Caddy is powered by a 390 cubic inch engine (325 hp) to pull its 4620 pounds and 222 inch body along the road. But let’s go back to what peaked Steve’s interest in Cadillac.
At the age of 13, Steven saw an elderly couple pull up to his father’s church with their 1969 Coupe DeVille, and this just “wowed” him. Someday, he thought, someday. Fast forward to 1999 when he sold his Lexus, and then had to make the hard choice between a ‘61 or ‘62 he had found. The ‘61 Biarritz convertible had belong to Carol Burnette, and needed extensive work. The ‘62 was Victorian Gold with a sandalwood interior, and because of its trim level, was loaded with options including cruise control. In 2003 the car was given a three year restoration, has been a consistent award winner at high level shows, and been featured in Hemming’s Classic Car.
Many other high quality vehicles surrounded the courthouse including a 1957 red and white Ford Fairlane, 1956 Chevrolet baby blue and white 2 door hardtop, and your choice, as this is all so subjective. March promises be be stellar show, as many of the seasonal folks won’t leave until April or May.
See all of the pictures HERE.