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Traffic Talk: Car cruisin' makes a comeback

Don Gammill: I read recently in the Duncan Banner in which reporter Rebeka Rutledge told readers that dragging Main Street was making a comeback in Duncan, Oklahoma. Monthly Car Cruise Nights, they call it.
By DON GAMMILL Published: July 22, 2013
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Pardon me while I reminisce. I do that every once in a while, you know. But there is a focus on traffic in this column; a very specific traffic focus: cruisin'.

It was inspired by a story I read recently in the Duncan Banner in which reporter Rebeka Rutledge told readers that dragging Main Street was making a comeback in her city. Monthly Car Cruise Nights, they call it.

Participants will be allowed to cruise up and down Main between 6 and 10 p.m. each third Friday of August, September and October. Actually, they were scheduled to start last Friday.

As an added feature, some stores along the route will stay open late and have special promotions — and prizes.

The idea developed after people attending a recent annual car show expressed their sentiments about cruise nights and recalled the memories they had of such ventures in years past.

Well, it sparked my memory too, from my younger years growing up in Ponca City and dragging Grand Avenue.

Anybody who was anybody in our age bracket (and sometimes even older) was seen driving Grand. Whether on a date, or simply hanging out with friends, you could enjoy cruisin'.

Sometimes, drivers and their passengers would stop and park along the route and wave or talk to others driving by. It wasn't a racetrack. Speeds were at a minimum. You wanted to enjoy the trip and be seen.

If you had a convertible, or a pickup (it was legal to ride in the bed), you could have an added feature — fresh air.

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