The Littleton Cruise was founded and organized by Harold Schultes in 2009.
As we celebrate our 7th successful year, we thought it would be fun to take a look back and the following original article published by the Littleton Independent Newspaper in September of 2010 is a great way to do just that. Enjoy!
Original Newspaper Article
By Heather Sackett -Littleton Independent
"Once a month, the streets of Littleton would be filled with Chevelles, Corvettes, El Caminos, Barracudas, Mustangs and other iconic muscle cars of the 1960s if Littleton resident Harold Shultes had his way.
Shultes is organizing a cruise night in Littleton on Sept. 11. Street rods, rat rods and muscle cars will begin gathering at 4 p.m. at the Old Santa Fe Mexican Grille Express parking lot on Broadway. The cars will then cruise down South Broadway to Ridge Road and Littleton Boulevard west to downtown.
The concept is simple.
“A bunch of car guys like me get together and show off their cars,” Shultes said.
The informal event is a spin-off of a much larger one that takes place in the city of Golden the first Saturday of every summer month. Hundreds of classic cars gather in parking lots off of South Golden Road and then cruise around town, showing off their custom features.
“People just bring their coolers and set up along South Golden Road and just watch the cars go through,” Shultes said.
While they are parked, before the cruise, the public is invited to get a closer look at the vehicles and ask questions of the owners.
“They want to know what year it is, if that’s the original engine, things like that,” Shultes said. “Everybody’s got a sob story about a car they turned lose in the ’60s and now it’s worth a couple thousand. I had a couple Dodge Chargers I never should have let go of.”
The Littleton cruises will probably be smaller that the Golden Super Cruises, at least at first. A Littleton cruise Shultes organized last month attracted about 15 cars. Still, Shultes says the cruises could bring business and money into Littleton’s shops and restaurants.
“It’s picking up interest as we go along,” he said. “Littleton Boulevard is the perfect place. It’s a great parade route. It could be a good marriage. It brings a ton of money.”
The heyday of the American muscle car — two-door, rear-wheel drive vehicles with big engines — was also during the peak of the drive-in movie theater, which probably had something to do with the cars’ popularity, Shultes said.
Shultes, 61, graduated from high school in 1966 in the thick of the muscle car era.
“You need to be 60 to understand why this is a popular hobby,” he said.
The owner of a lavender (Evening Orchid) 1965 Chevelle that he bought in 1986, Shultes says he’s a Chevy guy. A car similar to his that sold for $3,000 brand new in the 1960s could easily garner $30,000 in some circles today.
“It’s just cars that I had or wish I would have had in high school that go fast and make a lot of noise.”
Original Source: Littleton Independent Newspaper, Littleton, CO