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Firemen cruise down Memory Lane

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Members of the Memory Lane Cruisers like putting their classic cars out for display.

But they also like helping others and that’s been a big part of their monthly cruise-ins this year.

On Saturday, the club held its last cruise-in of the season in the parking lot of Roxboro Commons and they had some gifts for local firefighters with them.

Roxboro city councilman Reggie Horton thanked the firefighters for their work.

“Most of the time, it is a thankless career. The training is hard and continuous. Equipment and technology for firefighting changes daily. But the one constant that remains is firefighters are selfless. They work for the good of all people,” Horton said.

Memory Lane Cruisers president Peyron Humphries presented each Person County fire department with a box of donated items to be given to each firefighter in the county.

While the firefighters were the honoree of the day, the cars were the stars of the event.

The club doesn’t permit models newer than 1980, so the machines on display Saturday all had some age on them and many of them had stories behind them.

Ruby Johnson sat in the passenger seat of her 1937 Chevrolet Coupe that she and her husband Ray rebuilt. She said it took them four years to find all the parts to get the car running.

“When we got it it was all in pieces and we had to put it back together,” she said.

Ronald Regan brought his 1978 Ford F-150. The truck had some dings and nicks, but Regan said he left them because other collectors advised him it would be best to keep the original paint.

“I bought it for my grandson,” Regan said. “It’ll be his when he turns 16.” Regan will be able to hang on to it for himself for a while, though. His grandson doesn’t turn 16 until 2028, the year the truck turns 50.

Russell Wilson, bought his 1964 Chevelle El Camino 30 years ago and spent the next 20 years working on an allframe restoration, which means taking the entire frame off the body, repairing it and putting it back on the chassis.

Today, he drives it everywhere, including to car shows in Mt. Airy, Maggie Valley and Myrtle Beach. And, of course, in Roxboro.



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