Hundreds enjoy monthly cruise in
by Rachel Davis
Jun 04, 2012 | 1644 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Car enthusiasts from Central Alabama Rodders Society (C.A.R.S.) host a monthly cruise in at the Jasper Mall. Photo by: Rachel Davis
Car enthusiasts from Central Alabama Rodders Society (C.A.R.S.) host a monthly cruise in at the Jasper Mall. Photo by: Rachel Davis
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In a scene that looked like The Fast and the Furious collided with Grease, Jasper Mall’s parking lot was filled with car enthusiasts on Saturday night. Fully-restored classic hot rods, unique vintage vehicles and brand new cars, customized with the latest innovations, sat side-by-side.

It was all part of the monthly cruise in held on the first Saturday of each month, from April to October. The events are hosted by Central Alabama Rodders Society (C.A.R.S), which is a group consisting of 30 members who are the leading car enthusiasts in the area.

“We’re not all antiques,” said one of the organizers and C.A.R.S. members, Jimmy Robinson, said. “If you enjoy your car, we want you out here.”

This is the fifth year for the cruise ins, which usually attract 100 or so cars and month, according to organizers.

“We have a very diverse crowd” Robinson said. “We’ve got people here from 16 years old to probably 80 years old. We just like to have a good time.”

People bring cars from all different time periods, in all types of condition, to the show. The event is open to everyone, not just members of the club.

Organizers and interested residents mingle to discuss restoration and customization. They bring lawn chairs and refreshments to the cordoned off area of the parking lot.

“We have a good time, good fellowship and a great membership in the club,” another C.A.R.S. member, Bob Jent, said.

This is all leading up to their yearly “Cruise In on the Square,” held at the square in downtown Jasper. This year the event will be Oct. 20, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Last year the annual cruise in attracted about 350 cars and many more car enthusiasts. There will be no admission, and door prizes will be given away, including a cash drawing every 15 minutes throughout the day.

“We just want to get the car hobby out there.” Robinson said. “It doesn’t cost anything to participate.”

A large portion of festivities are paid for by the group’s sponsors, Carl Cannon, Henslee Auto Body, Barry’s Furniture, Maloy Ford Lincoln Chrysler Dodge Jeep, Jasper Diner, J&B Recycling, Miller Roofing, Lightweight Tire & Automotive and Collins-Burke Funeral Home.

For more information on the C.A.R.S. events, call Bob Jent at 275-7881, Johnny Shumate at 275-5257 or Glenn Ferguson at 544-0844 or visit the website www.centralalabamarodderssociety.com. Vendors interested in the October event can contact Gerald Buzbee at 300-3731.