Gavin Huffman, 3, bounced up and down on his father’s lap as a Corvette motorcade spun down Southeast Main Street in Roseburg.
“It’s about to begin,” he cried.
Gavin joined other spectators on the sidewalks of Roseburg on Saturday night to watch classic and vintage cars go by for the 39th annual Umpqua Flatheads Roseburg Graffiti Night Cruise.
For Gavin’s dad, Andrew Huffman of Newberg, night cruising was a family tradition. As a teenager, Huffman worked at the family food stall serving elephant ears and other fried items.
âThe younger ones looked at the cars and the teenagers worked at the pit,â he said.
Huffman watched his own children and nieces enjoy the night’s festivities. His daughter Thalia Huffman, 5, loved the mascot bear that climbed into the passenger seat of a convertible.
âIt was awesome,â Gavin said.
Russell Johnson of Roseburg didn’t miss a single night of the cruise. For Johnson, Graffiti Weekend is the time of year he can reunite with high school friends who have moved.
He also loved taking out his hot rod – a lowriding 1931 Ford with a Chevrolet engine on display.
“I let the kids crawl all over the car,” Johnson said.
For Rob Edmunds of Elkton, Saturday marked his first time cruising with his car. He pulled out his 1972 GMC Sprint decorated with a stuffed bull hanging from the rearview mirror, an ode to his rodeo days. He left his cowboy hat at home because of the heat, but made sure his cowboy boots were on.
The night cruise brings back nostalgic memories for Edmunds.
âIt kind of brings me back to high school,â he said. “A guy said to me the other day, ‘It makes you feel 10 years younger.'”
Bob Lecrone, from Los Angeles, came to Roseburg to see friends and show off his toys. As a car enthusiast, Lecrone has expanded his collection to include more than 75 vehicles, some of which have famous pasts.
His 1947 Willys Jeep was used throughout the classic 1970s show, MASH. His friends called him and asked him to bring it for the night cruise, he said. Lecrone, who worked in film productions, decorated the vehicle with a foam machine gun.
In addition to his Jeep, Lecrone brought a 1967 Galaxy 500 which he bought from his late father’s friend. While his father never had the chance to own the car, Lecrone made sure to weld his father’s ashes under the front dashboard. That way he will always be able to drive the car he loved, Lecrone said.
The crowd grew larger overnight, to the delight of Leon Brown of Myrtle Point. He came out with a 1960 Ford Ranchero and a 1969 Trailswest Campster.
âAfter the pandemic, it’s good to see people come out and without masks,â he said.