The first Cruise DL Night event of the season last Wednesday was a car lover's paradise. Every shiny shade of automobile was sprawled along a half mile of West Lake Drive, glistening in the sunlight on a beautiful evening by the lake.
The only sounds were revving engines, the low hum of car talk, and the ice cream truck song fading in and out.
Spectators enjoyed the sights from lakeside bars, lawn chairs near the beach or by weaving in and out of cars on foot to take a closer look at their motors and interiors.
Cars at the show ranged from the early 1900s to the early 2000s.
Some car owners had a "for sale" sign on their vehicles, like Denny Iverson who said his 1950 Ford Crown Victoria mostly sits in the garage these days.
The baby pink vintage beauty runs like a charm. Iverson purchased it a few years ago because it's the same model he had in the 60s, and the same car he would take his current wife on dates to drive-in movies in.
He bought his first one in 1964 for only $100. He's selling the now very nostalgic charmer for a whopping $28,000.
"They don't produce cars like this anymore, where you can tell what kind of car it is just by looking at the body," Iverson said. "She purrs."
He and his wife admire the front "bench" style seat with no center console. He says that front seat of his previous Crown Victoria is where they spent a lot of time getting to know each other.
Karen Steinhaus is a Coca-Cola collector and decided to deck out her '46 Ford Rat Rod with Coca-Cola signs and bottles.
Her husband, Terry Steinhaus, has been working on his '67 Mustang for seven years, and it's finally complete.
They both drove their cars in and parked next to each other.
Karen Steinhaus said a friend of theirs gave up on the '46 Ford Rat Rod, so they decided to get it up and running. Now it's a Coca-Cola collectible.
Terry's Mustang was pretty much built from scratch. "My son bought it for me for Christmas seven years ago, and it looked like crap," he said. Now, it runs well and has some pretty sweet silver flame decals against a striking blue paint exterior.
Each car that joins the event drives through the aisle of already parked cars, commenting on the new joiner and letting out some "oos" and "aws."
The event is free to the public, and anyone with a vintage car (or modern-day hot rod or show car) is welcome to park it for viewing pleasure. Cruise DL Night occurs on the second Wednesday of each month for the warmer season. The next is on Wednesday, July 11 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.