Classic cars cruise down Landis Avenue – Vineland Daily Journal
For one night every year, Vineland steps back in time to the days when people met on the Avenue to cruise their cars.
The roar of the engines was contagious. One after another, vintage, muscle and specialty cars fired up and filled the air with the sounds of horsepower. They cruised up and down Landis Avenue, many adding the smoke and smell of burnt rubber.
The event started with a static display of about 2,000 cars that lined both sides of the Avenue from West to East avenues and even spilled into a few parking lots. Spectators overflowed the street, everyone anxious to catch a glimpse of the cars at the 24th annual Cruise Down Memory Lane.
“It’s a tribute to the cruising back when Landis Avenue was four lanes. It’s the largest cruise on the East Coast,” said Marvin Askins, of Franklinville, a member of the Cruising Down Memory Lane Committee.
“We are a car culture, and during the 1950, ’60s, ’70s, there was nothing to do so kids, myself included, cruised up and down Landis Avenue when it was four lanes. It was like a social gathering. We showed each other our cars, and we admired each others cars. Every time someone got a new car, they were out on the Avenue,” said Askins.
The Cruise Down Memory Lane is organized by Main Street Vineland and coordinated by the Cruise Down Memory Lane Committee. Golden Corral was the main sponsor with many local businesses also providing sponsorship.
“This car show is unbelievable. I love it,” said Nick Mesiano of Pittsgrove. “I’ve always wanted to write a letter to thank the organizers because it is so incredible.”
His favorite part is the cruise, and he couldn’t wait for it to start.
Richard Morton of Vineland displayed his 1964 Chevy Chevelle El Camino at the show. He bought the car brand new in 1964, sold it a year later and then bought it back again a year after that. “It’s a labor of money,” he said.
A labor he is proud of. “It’s mine. I started it, and I finished it,” he added.
“This is the best car show I’ve been to,” said Al Syvertsen of Galloway as he admired the variety of cars.
There were muscle cars, antique cars and specialty cars that stretched down eight blocks. Spectators strolled down the street admiring the display while posing in front of their favorite cars for pictures.
Michelle Rivera and Alex Garcia of Vineland had a particularly long road ahead of them. They had to stop at every few cars so that Alexis Garcia, 3, of Vineland could pose for a picture next to the cool cars. “He’s having so much fun,” said Rivera.
The Vineland Police Department was on hand to direct traffic and help to ensure safety during the cruise.