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Cruisin': The ‘Sonic’ Shivers
In April 11 Issue
Russell County News
By Ron Cowell, Columnist

The 2009 Cruise in year got off to a good start Friday night April 3rd at The Sonic Drive In at the Key Village Shopping Center in Russell Springs.

The first Local Block Party of the summer season was held there and in spite of cool weather, a little rain and some wind the die hard car people attended.

Mike & Dwayne Easu polished up their beautiful 1955 Chevy and brought it out to the Block Party.

Already this year they have taken their “55” to Murtle Beach to show. Their “55” is cherry but it’s also a driver and has been all over the country, North, South, East and West.

While they were on the road they stopped off to have the car rubbed out and shined up. This is an every year event for them. They are truly car lovers.

Mike and Phyllis Taylor got the “57”Chevy out also and brought it to the Party. Mike and a few of the OUTSIDERS Car Club members have been busy on this car all winter. Mike was hoping to have it ready by spring.

Over the winter months he has changed the transmission and  put a new engine in the car.  

He did some body work on the floorboards and put new carpet in the car.. It’s looking good and Congrats Mike on meeting the deadline and having the car ready for this season.

Larry Whittle made it to the show also with his 48 Plymouth Rat Rod!

This car has to be seen to appreciate it. Larry has been asked many times if he is going to restore it. His comment is,, I’m having so much fun with it the way it is, I think I will just leave it like it is and drive it.. Larry’s “48” always brings a smile to everyone’s face when they see him pull up in it. Complete with the Rat hood ornament.

Doc Monin rolled up in his old Ford from the “50”s. This is just one of many cars that Doc has. What makes his cars so special is, that his are all original or at least as original as they can be. Doc is more into the classic car and keeping it just as it was when it rolled off the assembly line.

He has some beautiful cars. Everyone is always wondering what car he will drive up in this time. Doc was also talking about the Lakefest Celebration this year.

The GREAT news is there will be car show no matter what.

Every year Doc puts on a wonderful show with the help of The Lake Cumberland Antique Car Club and the past year The “OUTSIDERS” Car Club.

This year I will be doing the DJing for Doc and providing the music and announcements for the show.  Make plans to attend this show. You will never see so many beautiful cars, all original at one show.

My wife Miss Fill, Children’s Librarian at the Russell County Library worked all day getting the “60” Chevy out of storage and all polished up for the Block Party at Sonic.

This was the first time the “60’ was out for an event this year. You can tell summer is close when you see the Classic cars out on the road.

A BIG treat for all that night was when Gary Sullivan brought his Woody he spent all winter getting ready for this year. We told you about this car last week in “Cruisin”.

This was the first time I had actually seen the car. When you see this car and all the love and labor  that went into it you will truly be amazed. I’m sure if you attend any of the Cruise Ins or Shows this year you will see Gary and his Woody cruisin’ the lot.

Not shown in the picture was another face that we see at all the events.

Themie Shepherd was there with his camera and his car, taking pictures of the first get together of the year. Theme is working hard on a car show that will be held Sept. 12th at the old Houchens store.

This show is being sponsored by Terry Stevens and Stevens Pipe and Steel. All proceeds from this show will be going to Ronald McDonald House. This is a show you will not want to miss.

It was great to see everyone out with their cars and talking about up coming events and of course, talking about their old cars. I’ll keep you posted each week on what will be coming up locally. If you haven’t attended one of these events you really need to make plans for this year.

If your Car Club is having an event and you would like us to tell everyone about or someone who you would like to see featured in this article send all information to, .

All information on upcoming events needs to be in at least two weeks before the event.

If your Club or church or group is having an event and you would like to display some classic cars at that event let me know at least two weeks before the event.

I will put you in contact with one of the clubs that will gladly bring their cars out for display.

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