ead out on the highway.Interstate 5, specifically. Nostal-gic cruisers will coax their col-lectibles out of hiding and hit theroad this year for Graffiti Weekend’s 27thanniversary event.Nearly 1,000 drivers pull into DouglasCounty each summer to show off theirclassic cars during Graffiti Weekend.Despite rising fuel costs, this year willbe no different.“Alot of people from out of town havecalled and are planning on coming,” saidDon Larson, a member of the Stray AngelsCar Club. “We’ve been getting goodresponses so we’re hoping everything goesgood.”Graffiti Weekend started out as an ideabetween the members of three car clubswho wanted to relive the ’50s by cruisingtheir classics down Harvard Avenue in1982. It’s evolved into one of DouglasCounty’s most noteworthy events.Featuring five days of hot rods and one-of-a-kind creations of all models, colorsand horsepower, the event is expected todraw about 20,000 participants and specta-tors over its five-day span.More than 15 events are scheduled torun from July 9 through July 13.One of those events is the Umpqua Flat-heads Roseburg Graffiti Night Cruise, pre-sented by the Umpqua Flatheads Car Clubon Saturday.Classic, shining beauties will circleRoseburg’s downtown starting at DouglasAvenue and Fowler Street and wrappingaround Jackson and Main Streets.The owners of the automobiles are pas-sionate about their sparkling “babies.”They have meticulously restored them andpolished them, and some have kept themhidden like valuable jewels in anticipationof a Graffiti Weekend debut.With requirements this year that the carshail from 1965 or earlier, the vehiclesevoke memories of another era for oldergenerations. And there’s a certain senti-mentality between people and their cars.“It reminds them of old times,” said Lar-son.Whether she received the 1929 Cadillacas a Christmas gift, he built that 1932Chevy coupe from the engine up or thecouple inherited a 1957 Thunderbird fromgenerations past, Graffiti Weekenders bothnear and far will have the opportunity tostep back in time for five days, dance toold-time favorites, mingle over slow-cooked barbecue and cruise their classicsdown Main Street — just like old times.
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