Motorists who happened to be passing through Bellefonte on Friday night may have been greeted by a bigger audience than they were expecting.
The Historic Bellefonte Cruise was out in full force, kicking off two days of classic cars, fried food and lawn chairs. Folks lined up along Allegheny Street watched as a parade of red Mustangs, black Corvettes and orange and white Falcons rolled down the road accompanied by gratuitously revving engines.
Bretton and Jamie Beard sat on the edge of the sidewalk with their young son Camden, who appeared absolutely delighted by the variety of motor vehicles headed his way.
The family is relatively new to the Bellefonte area and Friday was their first time at the HBC, which they heard about through Facebook.
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“It’s pretty fun. It’s great entertainment for a 4-year-old,” Jamie Beard said.
Even at a young age, Camden knows what he likes in a set of wheels. He was impressed by a car that had flames painted on the sides and would have liked nothing more than to see it come around the corner again.
“I like it when they rev their engines. They are really loud,” Camden said.
Over on West Howard Street, there were a variety of food trucks stationed in the parking lot near First National Bank. The food and beverage choices were many — pierogies, tacos and lemonade, just to name a few — but Jerry Albright and Laura Welch had settled on cheese fries.
Albright grew up in Bellefonte and has been to the HBC many times. He has high aspirations for this weekend.
“I’m hoping I can find one of my dream cars — a ’69 Charger,” Albright said.
He is in the process of rebuilding a 1979 Suzuki GS550L, which sat idle for more than a decade before the owner sold it to him last year.
“There’s not too many of them around,” Albright said.
Once he’s finished restoring the bike, he hopes to be riding it down Allegheny Street with the rest of the classics during the next HBC.
From Albright’s perspective, there is much to enjoy about classic cars, from the sound of the engine to the shade of paint.
“Every year there’s new classics or more classics,” Albright said.