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Cruise-in at Goodin's brings back memories

Classic autos on display in Chenoa Saturday during the Red Carpet Corridor Festival.

The old Goodin’s used car lot came to life Saturday during a cruise-in organized by the Midwest Real Street Machines/Outlaws.

Those cruising the Mother Road during the annual Route 66 Red Carpet Corridor Festival strolled through the classic car display outside the old Chenoa gas station.

Midwest Real Street Machines/Outlaws has been around for about six years now.

“It started out with 30 people and we are up to around 2,600 members right now,” recalled group member Rich Sullens.

In addition to cruise-ins such as this, the group does drag racing and will hold two races in Indiana this summer.

“This is the first time we’ve tried (a cruise-in) here,” said Sullens.

Sullens and others helping with the cruise-in enjoyed meeting many different people as everyone seems to have a story to tell.

“We met a lot of people all the way form Joliet to out of state that do this drive.”

Midwest Real Street Machines/Outlaws has a large following as Sullens knows quite a few people. Look for the group at the Fairbury Fairgrounds this summer for an American Legion event honoring car enthusiast Jim Smith. Smith, who was a good friend to Sullens, passed away recently.

“Everybody that’s getting older wants four wheels under them instead of two and everyone wants to have cars like back when they were in high school,” added Sullens.

All makes and models were accepted during Saturday’s cruise-in at Goodin’s and there were no feels, trophies or judging involved – just a great time.

Other Chenoa Route 66 Red Carpet Corridor highlights included the annual 5K run and walk on Saturday morning and city-wide garage sales on Friday and Saturday. The Matthew T. Scott House was open for tours and visitors could register for the Chenoa 4th of July golf cart raffle near Chenoa Pharmacy. A food truck and live music were featured downtown.

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