TROY — One could say it was a “roaring” good time at the Strawberry Festival Cruise-In.
More than 140 engines revved and parked on the Market Street Bridge on Sunday. Cruise-In Chairwoman Jenny Weaver said in the past there would be a cruise-in on Friday night of festival weekend, followed by a car show in the park on Sunday.
Because of the change in location, a 150-vehicle limit was enacted, but it didn’t stop a variety of vehicles coming in for car enthusiasts to enjoy.
“We have any and everything,” she said. “We have motorcycles, we have trucks, we even have a fire truck. Everything ranges in years from 1933 to present day.”
One of the newer and most popular vehicles on display was the Polaris Slingshot, which Weaver explained was actually a motorcycle which looks like a car and requires the driver to have a motorcycle license to operate it.
Darryl and Courtney Carter of Miamisburg are the owners of the Slingshot, as well as a Dodge Challenger which was also at the show.
According to Darryl, the Slingshot has one rear wheel and two front wheels, a windshield and an entertainment system with it.
“I bought the base model and upgraded the sound system and wheels,” he said.
He added that the Slingshot can go from zero to 60 miles per hour in three seconds, which would be enough to “throw someone in the backseat.”
Many of the cars at the show however threw it back to an earlier period. Larry and Terri Wogaman of Houston brought their 1960 Thunderbird to the show, which boasts a Corinthian white exterior, turquoise leather seats and 352 v8 automatic engine.
“There’s only 54,000 miles on it,” he said. “Those are the original miles, and the only thing that we’ve ever done is paint it once. Otherwise, it’s original.”
He and his wife have taken the car to many shows, including an upcoming show in Dearborn, Mich. to celebrate the Thunderbird’s 60th anniversary.
“We’re looking forward to it,” he said. “We get to go through the Ford Museum and it’ll be a good time.”
The originality came through for the Wogamans — their Thunderbird won the Queen’s Choice award.
The other winners included Tom Myers of Tipp City, who received the Cruise-In Chairman’s Choice Award for his 1957 blue and white Chevy Cameo; Larry and Linda McKibben of West Milton, who received the Festival Chairman’s Choice Award for the stone brown/gray 1930 Ford Deluxe Roadster; and Ken and Gloria Houghtaling, who received the Mayor’s Choice Award for their 1968 red and black Chevy Camaro.
The Sponsor’s Choice Award went to Al Saunders for his 1950 Chevy Impala.