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Flying high, AGAIN

Cruising season is finally here!

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The grass is green, the streets are clean, the sun is shining and MOST of the potholes have been filled. All this can mean only one thing: cruising season is finally here!

Although cruise nights at the Canad Inns Transcona and the Grant Park Pony Corral restaurant officially kicked off May 18, thanks to cool temperatures and one rainy Sunday, local cruisers hit the streets with more of a fizzle than a bang.

All that changed last Sunday when city streets roared to life with an amazing assortment of motorcycles, muscle cars, street rods and customs cruisers.

The sun was shining so I opted to ride my Harley-Davidson Road King to the Grant Park Pony Corral for the weekly Sunday night cruise. As I rolled down Main Street under the hot sun with the radio on my bike tuned to Power97 and the soothing sounds of Ozzy Osbourne's Flying High Again blaring through the speakers, a bright red '69 Camaro pulled up beside me with Ozzy bellowing at an even louder volume. As I looked over at the driver we both gave one another the thumbs up at precisely the same moment and then we both broke into laughter, maniacal laughter that carried on for far too long. Cabin fever will do that to a guy, and you sure don't need me to remind you of the atrocity that was last winter.

Nope, from here on in it's all about seeing and being seen in the greatest cruising scene this vast nation has to offer. Don't just take my word for it, get out there and remind yourself that when it comes to car culture Manitoba is ground zero.

Let's enjoy this summer while it's here and let's enjoy one another's company as we share in the camaraderie that this amazing hobby always delivers.

In addition to Sunday night cruises at the Grant Park Pony Corral and the Canad Inns Transcona, here's a pair of events this weekend that are guaranteed to attract amazing vehicles and huge crowds.

Cruise safely and we'll see you out there!

willy@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 6, 2014 F2

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