By Bill May
Being a gearhead myself, I feel lucky that we live in an automotive enthusiast rich scene. This area supports all genres of automotive fanatics from professional racing in circles or straight lines to rat rodders and import fans making them fast or cambering them out. Let’s not forget the bike scene– again, all groups of people with different styles who love crotch rockets to stretched out, rumbling Harleys. If you have an interest in driving fast or spinning wrenches, maybe even both, this area has much to offer.
On almost any given weekend you can find a car gathering somewhere in the Tri-Cities– some published for anyone to join and some close knit groups texting each other, “Hey, everyone wanna meet-up tonight?” Throughout the summer months there are even a few gatherings that happen every weekend, without miss. Some of these weekly events have even garnered substantial attention with the event being nationally televised. Not many places have that claim to fame, especially in our region.
Not only do we have a robust car-centric crowd, we also have a number of facilities, and automotive related businesses supporting each genre of gearhead. Some people may shake their head and think, “that car is too loud” or “that car looks stupid.” However, to the owner, it’s perfect. Makes a personal statement about their individuality. Some people just want to go fast, and some people just want to cruise their creations. What we all enjoy is passing another car freak and seeing them break their necks trying to catch a glimpse of your ride. That’s when the grin grows across your face and you think to yourself, “Yep. She’s sweet, isn’t she?”
Would you like to see a regular automotive related car column in The Loafer featuring some of these events, photos, builders, and individuals who sport these rides? If so, let us know on our Facebook page: facebook.com/theloaferonline