The Golden Super Cruise
Roger Mock –
Growing up, I remember my dad taking me down to the local Krystal’s (a fast food restaurant) on the 1st Saturday of the month to check out the small car meet. It wasn’t anything big, just a group of about 2 dozen guys meeting up to show off their muscle cars and hot rods and talk about cars. At the time, my dad would try to explain what each car was and what was special about them, but I was too little to fully understand and appreciate the beauty of these machines. What I do remember is the noise they made and their bright flashy colors. It wasn’t until I got older that I really started to develop a love for cars, in particular classic American cars.
When I first moved to Denver, I noticed quite a few classic cars driving around during the weekends of summer. I’d see a few parked, as well, and would always snap a picture to show my dad, who could always identify them. As it turns outs, just like the guys that meet at Krystal’s, there is a monthly gathering of gearheads out here called the Golden Super Cruise. The Super Cruise is held on the 1st Saturday of the month between May and October, just down the road from Martin/Martin along a ½ mile stretch of South Golden Road. On those Saturdays, every parking lot on both sides of the road are filled with all kinds of cars. There are hot rods, muscle cars, kit cars, super cars, off-roaders, dragsters, trucks, etc. Some of my favorites are a couple of Ford GT’s, a 1969 COPO Camaro, a 1969 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, a 1970 Chevy Nova with a 454, and a 1932 Ford with a supercharged flathead V8.
One of the best parts about the Super Cruise is that quite often the owners of the cars are sitting by their vehicles and are more than happy to talk to you about them. I’ve found that it’s a great way to learn about cars. Throughout the day, many owners will fire up their cars and take a trip up and down South Golden Road to show them off for spectators who set up chairs on the side of the road. Later in the day, for the Cruise’s main event, all the owners drive their rides through downtown Golden in a sort of parade. Attending the Cruises has only strengthened my interest in cars and has made me realize that I’d like to buy a project car someday to build myself. Right now, I’m thinking either a ‘32 Ford or a 3rd generation Chevy Nova, but I haven’t decided. I encourage anyone who even has a slight interest in cars to come check out one of the Super Cruises. It’s a great way to spend a summer Saturday. If you’d like more information, the website for the Cruise is www.goldensupercruise.com