Check out this great article by the Littleton Independent's Jennifer Smith about the Littleton Cruise!
Cruiser crew flexes American muscle
Original Content By: Jennifer Smith
Remember back in the day, when the kids would pile into their hot rods and muscle cars and cruise Main Street, honking at passers-by, cranking hot tunes like “Little GTO” by Ronnie and the Daytonas?
You know, way, way back in the day, like last Saturday?
That's when Harold Schultes and the rest of the Littleton Cruisers met up at Woodlawn Shopping Center (as they do every second Saturday), rolled over to the Littleton Court House and rumbled their way down Main Street and back up Alamo Avenue a few times in an impressive show of shiny steel.
“We're just a bunch of old guys getting together and driving around like we did back in the day,” said Schultes, downshifting his beefy 1965 Chevy Chevelle Malibu SS, painted a delicate “Evening Orchid” shade of purple. “It's just what the old farts do.”
Met with grins and waves on the bustling streets, for many of them, it was literally a return to the good old days.
Mike Devlin, Littleton High School Class of 1960, remembers cruising Littleton Boulevard in his friend's little red Kaiser Darrin, spurring in him a lifelong love of the brand. His 1954 “Pine Tint Green” Darrin and blue 1954 Kaiser Special stood out from the crowd on that Saturday afternoon, among the 50 or so other classic beauties assembled at Woodlawn.
“Littleton is still great for cruising, because it still has its small-town character,” he said. “And the Darrin is a real eye-catcher.”
American muscle, however, is not just for the old guys. Killian Bailey, 24, and his friends were captivated as they checked out each specimen.
“I was just going to get some beer at the liquor store, but this is even better,” he said. “It's classic Americana, it's Detroit steel. They're built to last.”
Schultes' friend Don Nigh raced on quarter-mile tracks like Bandimere Speedway most of his life, and remembers cruising Main Street, Federal Boulevard, Colfax Avenue in his younger years. He said cars are something whole families can bond over, and notes there are second- and third-generation racers at Bandimere even today.
“There's always something about going fast — and here's the song that says it all,” he said just as the deejay cranked up Jan and Dean's “Dead Man's Curve.”
“We both popped the clutch when the light turned green, you should have heard the whine from my screamin' machine.”
Though the Littleton Cruisers stuck to Main Street's 25 mph speed limit, the rumble of their engines in unison made them sound like they were racing through town.
“I've always been a muscle-car guy, it's got to go `vroom,' ” said Schultes. “… I've got a cover, but it's never been on the car. I like it when I lock up the garage at night and I can look at the car.”