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Downtown cruise made possible by cooperation

On Sept. 2, with the cooperation of the City of Altoona, the Blair County Antique Auto Club had the 10th annual Downtown Cruise.

More than 600 vehicles of all sizes and kind lined 11th and 12th avenues. Hundreds, if not thousands, of spectators were in attendance.

For those people not aware, the cruise was not only an exhibition of vehicles past and present. All monies collected from registration fees and items on sale is ultimately donated to needy charities in Blair County, except for services provided by the city fathers.

Not to be lost on the exhibition of all types of vehicles was the professional performance of Phil McCaulley, whose presentation of various types of music, with his extraordinary voice, which, in my opinion, and the opinion of many in attendance, was superior to many professional singers.

And I would be remiss not to mention Rockin’ Robin, forever young, whose music from the ’50s and ’60s brought back many memories to an old geezer like me.

The cruise, in its 10th year, was a dream of 40 years of Rick Spielvogle, who single-handedly orchestrated everything concerning the in-town cruise. Kudos to the city, the BCAAC and all participants involved. The food was great, thanks to the Boy Scouts and other vendors.

Bottom line: Don’t ever stop dreaming the dream so that we may relive the activities we enjoyed in the ’50s and ’60s, Rick Spielvogle.

See you next year. Be there, or be square.

Romeo J. DeBartolome Jr.

Greenwood, Altoona

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