Hot rodders return to harbor

Hot rodders return to harbor as summer cruise resumes

by Jason Dietrich

Route 66, Vanishing point, Two-lane blacktop, Thunder Road and now, Harbor Boulevard.

At 6 p.m. Friday, April 27 the 2001 cruise season officially resumes in Redondo when Cruise at the Beach organizers wave the green flag for cars 25 years old and older to start filling the lot at 245 N. Harbor Drive.

Every Friday night last summer as many as 200 woodies, Corvettes and little deuce coupes swamped the parking lot of Ruby’s ‘50s style diner as waitresses in pink and white uniforms carhopped cokes and cruisers kicked tires.

"Last year was great and from the responses I’ve been getting, this year will be even better," said cruise promoter and Hermosa Realtor Darryl Boyd.

Boyd hoped 25 cars would show up when the first season of "Cruise at the Beach" kicked off in late July, 2000. Most cruise nights start early in the spring, picking up momentum as the summer rolls by and petering out as winter nears.

But the harbor front location, and drivers’ nostalgic memories of Harbor Drive as "the" place to cruise in the South Bay, kept hot rodders coming back every week until the weather turned chilly in mid-October.

This year, Boyd plans to get an early start on promoting the weekly gathering at car shows around Southern California and starting the season off with a giveaway on the first night of the cruise. For more information, visit www.cruiseatthebeach.com. ER