This ‘cruise-in’ signals summer’s end

See the parking lot at SE 122nd Avenue and Division St. turned – for six hours only – into an auto show of most unique vehicles …

Old and new, the parking lot was turned into a festival-o-cars at southeast Portland’s PIZZA BARON “End of Summer Cruise-in”.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
From Mopars to foreign cars, motorcycles to roadsters, the parking lot in front of landmark Pizza Baron at SE 122nd Avenue and Division St. quickly filled with special-interest vehicles on Sept. 17 as the “End of Summer Cruise-in” got underway.

“Why pay to go to a roadster show?” asks Sherry Lankerson, as she and her husband Jack surf the sea of gleaming metal and glass. “There’s an amazing selection of cars here.”

Clay Lamb shows off his 1963 Plymouth Sports Fury to the “baron” of Pizza Baron, Bill Dayton. “Had one of these in High School,” Lamb says. “Found another one as an adult, so I bought it!”

Hundreds of spectators drift among the vehicles. “We were just passing by and decided to stop and look,” says Frank Paulis. “I can’t believe a show this great is free.”

Chandler Frey displays his MGTC roadster at the show. “You’re looking at the original paint,” he tells us. “But, I’ve got to wear pointed shoes to drive it! The pedals are very close together!”

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