A Cruise Night to Remember

Herb Caso’s black 1930 Model A Coupe looks just like the car my mother owned during college. 

Caso’s car has a rumble seat, as did my mother’s. (Ford offered rumble seats as options on some Model A’s from 1928 through 1936.)

The original roof on Caso’s car was wood, as it was on my mother’s car, although in the process of restoring his own car, Caso replaced the wood roof with a metal one.

“I modernized everything,” he said.

Herb Caso showed his 1930 Ford Model A Coupe, with a rumble seat, at Cruise Night.

Caso’s automotive treasure was one of hundreds of cars and trucks and some oddities driven and trailered to Main Street in Middletown, CT, for Wednesday evening’s 25th Cruise Night, an annual event sponsored by the city and the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce. (Like many recent gatherings, the event was held virtually in 2020 and 2021.)

The cars on display ranged from badly in need of restoration to lovingly restored, although some were new enough to not yet need restoration – like a late-model Maserati that turned heads near Court Street.

And there were vintage emergency vehicles: a 1939 Cadillac LaSalle ambulance (body by Meteor Coachworks), a 1962 Seagrave firetruck with an open cab. 

Michelle and Shawn Small admire a 1926 Ford Roadster pickup. Shawn is 5.

There was also an assortment of pickup trucks, ranging from a blue 1926 Ford Roadster to two modern trucks that towered over everyone, on very large tires (taller than my nearly 4-year-old grandson) and enormous lifts.

Also on view was a 1967 Ford Cobra 427.

I would guess there were more Corvettes of various vintages on view than any other single model, including a 1963 Corvette that has clearly been treated well, and another in an early stage of restoration.

A 1956 2-door Chevrolet Belair being examined.
A 1962 Fiat 500D. The car has a 0.5-liter engine, which can propel the car from 0 to 60 in about 27 seconds.
Joe Sandella drove his 1956 Ford Sunliner convertible from home, and plans an upcoming trip with it.
Another 1956 Chevrolet Belair – this one in “Crocus Yellow.”
The speedometer on Cathey Fox-VanBlancom’s green 1955 Ford Thunderbird.
This hood ornament advertises Motometer Manufacturing, of Long Island City, N.Y.
This 1962 Seagrave firetruck with an open cab was a popular backdrop for family photos.