Cruise-In Revs Up Memories Of Car Songs

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Well I’m not braggin’ babe so don’t put me down,

But I’ve got the fastest set of wheels in town.

When something comes up to me he don’t even try,

’Cause if I had a set of wings man I know she could fly.

She’s my little deuce coupe,

You don’t know what I got.”

“Little Deuce Coupe,” by the Beach Boys

This Saturday, Green Valley Park will once again become a revved-up drag strip of more than 300 classic automobiles, trucks and little deuce coupes; all standing proudly, with their buffed-out, turtle-waxed bodies and brilliantly polished chrome carburetors, bumpers and custom exhaust pipes shimmering brightly in the Arizona sun.

This year’s 18th annual Beeline Cruise-In Car Show, with Bob Bondurant, international racing celebrity, doing the judging and with its over 200 vehicle entries, promises to be the best car show money can buy. (Actually attendance is free, and all money generated from the sponsors, vendors and raffle sales will be divided among 11 area not-for-profit organizations. A truly altruistic event.)

In addition to Brian Wilson’s 1963 “Little Deuce Coupe” above, many of us remember that the 1960s brought us a myriad of gas-guzzling, high-performance, drag-racing songs.

The Beach Boys also hit the airwaves in that era with “Fun Fun Fun,” “I Get Around” and “Shut Down” — tales of cruising to the hamburger stand with the radio blastin’, gettin’ bugged drivin’ down the same old strip and revving up our engines ’cause it sounds real mean.

In the mid 1960s, Ronnie and the Daytonas released their big car hit with “G.T.O.,” as did Wilson Pickett with “Mustang Sally” and the Rolling Stones with “Route 66” — with their three deuces and a four-speed; ride, Sally, ride and you get your kicks on Route 66!

You may also remember Jan & Dean’s classic, “The Little Old Lady (From Pasadena),” which peaked at No. 3 on Billboard’s pop chart in the summer of 1964. The song tells of a Southern California granny (“Go granny, go!”) that “the guys come to race from miles around, but she gives ’em a length, then she shuts ’em down.”

This week’s music trivia question is: can you complete the end of the following lyrics from Jan & Dean’s “The Little Old Lady (From Pasadena),” in which Granny drives a little too fast down her local road?

Everybody’s sayin’ that there’s nobody meaner,

Than the little old lady from Pasadena.

She drives real fast and she drives real hard,

She’s the terror of ...

Is the correct ending: A) Sax Fifth Avenue, B) Primrose Lane, C) Sesame Street, or D) Colorado Boulevard?

Be the fifth caller this week and have the right answer and you’ll win a CD that I’ve titled “Baby, You Can Drive My Car,” a compilation of 20 of America’s greatest classic car songs.

Now, let’s check out last week’s music trivia question: Can you name the Louisiana born and raised, not-so-slim singer/songwriter/ pianist who, in 1961, sang his version of the “Easter Parade?” Among his many Top 10 hits were “I Want To Walk You Home,” “Ain’t That A Shame,” “Walking To New Orleans” and “Blueberry Hill.”

Was it A) Ray Charles, B) Fats Domino, C) Sam Cooke, or D) P. Ta’ Rabbitt?

The correct answer was Fats Domino.

Congratulations to last week’s first-time winner, Bob Fulton, who won a set of 800 thread-count sheets from the Mattress Experts, courtesy of owners Kristine McCormack and Cindy Gregory. Bob said, “My king size bed is sure going to appreciate this!”

A little about this week’s winner: Bob was born and raised Snowflake. When he turned 19, he followed his heart to Winslow to work for the railroad. Little did this adventurous young man know at the time that he would make the daily runs from Needles, Calif. to Albuquerque, N.M. for the next 43 years, until he retired in 1993.

Bob met his late-wife, Karen, in the latter part of the 1970s on a fishing trip to Roosevelt Lake. The two were married for 27 years and had many memorable moments together. In addition to their mutual interest in fishing, the couple enjoyed playing in a local band. Bob was quick to say, “We didn’t play to get paid, we just had a great time jamming with the group.” He also enjoys hunting and doing yard work.

Bob’s favorite music genre is country-western and says his three favorite artists are the Sons of the Pioneers, Jim Reeves and George Strait.

Lastly, if you’ve recently become engaged and would like to have your engagement pictures taken (for free!) at beautiful Green Valley Park (a simply breathtaking way to announce your upcoming wedding in the Payson Roundup and on your favorite social media), give me a call.

Hope to see you at the car show. Please stop by our booth and say hello!

DJ Craig — Phone: 468-1482

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