Perfect summer weather and resistance to Covid-induced cabin fever resulted in a large turnout of collector and classic vehicles at an Aug. 9 Pasadena Heritage cruise event that began at the Rose Bowl and meandered through historic business and residential Pasadena neighborhoods.
An eclectic gathering of about 300 vehicles in all participated and LCOC members Glenn Gordon, Jim Davidson, Elayne Bendel with their Lincoln convertibles and Jim Ayres with his Mark VII were there for the fun. From brass-era antiques to exotic racers, a Dino Ferrari and Ford GT, beloved mid-20th century collectibles, and convertibles and roadsters galore, the cruisers celebrated all eras of the automobile.
Residents and spectators happily welcomed the cruisers with waves and compliments as they slowly passed by historic homes large and small.
The cruise was part of a week-long series of events celebrating the historic Colorado Street Bridge. The bridge had been threatened numerous times, and for the last 43 years, Pasadena Heritage has been its leading champion. To save and restore this iconic structure, the organization conducted letter-writing campaigns, constant lobbying and national publicity efforts.
Pasadena Heritage’s famous summer event on the spectacular span first highlighted the need to repair it. After many years of effort, the bridge was saved, seismically upgraded and restored to its original grandeur – a feat that is celebrated with this community event.
This year Covid put a stop to the annual live bridge celebration event but the cruise was brilliantly instituted instead.