You can’t have a cruise without classic cars and there may be nothing more classic to Bellefonte than the Survivor Car class.
After all, these are the cars that the cruise is all about, back when Bellefonte was the place to be on a Friday night, and young people from all around the county would bring their rides in to show off, have fun and meet people. The Survivor Cars are the cars of the folks who were actually driving around back in those days.
That was back in the 1970s, and according to Darrell Furfaro, Bellefonte was then like a scene from the movie “American Graffiti.”
He remembers it well, as he was a young man driving a Cadillac around the town, “cruising around, looking for girls.”
Of course the Bellefonte Cruise brings that atmosphere back to the community once a year on Father’s Day weekend and the Survivor Car class honors that glorious past by being a separate class for drivers who actually cruised around Bellefonte back in the day.
The class is sub-divided into two classes: one for cars that actually were on the road cruising back in the day and one for vintage drivers who have cars that are similar to their past rides.
This year there will be three news cars added to the Survivor Car class lineup that included more than 10 cars last year, including a 1957 Chevy that Furfaro can remember prowling around the block back in the day.
“It was really something. It will be great to see it out there again,” he said. “This car belongs to Greg Davis of Bellefonte. He purchased it in 1972 and has owned it since then. It is one of the most original survivor cars you will ever see. It still has the same tires he put on it when he bought the car. I can still recall seeing Greg cruising the block in this car and the sound of the engine as he let out the clutch. Greg had one of the fastest cars in town and there is still speculation about the races that never happened. I like to think that the mystery about who had the faster car is best left to one’s imagination. I know you will have to look long and hard to find a car the same as it was almost 50 years ago. This will be the first time that Greg enters his car at the Bellefonte Cruise.”
He said that it is amazing to think that some of these cars are still running after all these years, but he said that he knows of a few more that he hopes to get back up and running in the upcoming years. So expect the Survivor Car class to keep growing strong.
And while one might think of muscle cars as being the big thing back in the 1970s, Furfaro said he recalls many different types of cars that people were cruising in back in the day — Volkswagen Beatles … station wagons … you name it — they were all hitting the streets to cruise, because that is where the young people were, said Furfaro.
The 31st Bellefonte Cruise is Friday through Sunday, with an open cruise and sock hop on Friday; car show, entertainment and more on Saturday; and soap box derby races on Sunday. See the schedule below and for more details visit bellefontecruise.org
BELLEFONTE CRUISE | SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Friday, June 14
6-7:30 p.m. — Open Cruise
7:30-10:30 p.m. — Sock hop with The 1910 Fruitgum Company and the WOWY crew.
Marketplace in front of the Courthouse
Kids Zone activities near the YMCA
Saturday, June 15
All day — Marketplace in front of the Courthouse
All day — Kids Zone activities near the YMCA
7 a.m.-noon — Registration
7 a.m.-5 p.m. — Car, truck and motorcycle show
10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. — Frackwater Jack
Noon-5 p.m. — DJ Troy Breon and the WOWY crew
1:30 p.m. — Bike games by USMC veterans
2:30 p.m. — Car giveaway (free entry; must be register and be present to win)
5 p.m. — Car show awards
Sunday, June 16
Noon-5 p.m. — Soap box derby