Ralphs Rapid Transit Mopar Cruiz-In, April 30th, 2011


RRT043011 022The Berlin Turnpike Burger King Cruiz-In is a mainstay of the Saturday night cruising scene. Organized by Ralph Barbagallo of Ralphs Rapid Transit, the BK cruise night, now in its eighth season, has always been a popular outing for Cruisin’ Photography. It’s a local event and, of course, the food is good! Kathy and I missed the opening night on April 9th, as we were attending a family wedding in New Jersey. With the following two weekends rained out, we decided that a visit was overdue.

Billed as a Birds & Bees Night (Road Runners & Super Bees), the Cruiz-In was also one of Ralph’s regular fundraising nights for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. To date, more than $5,000 has been raised for this very worthy cause.

A healthy selection of MOPAR products of all ages turned out, as did several Corvettes, Mustangs and Camaros. We soon ran into our old friend and Cruisin’ Photography Facebook fan Colin Francis, who had his beautiful Dodge Polara on show. As we chatted with Colin, Ralph joined us. I congratulated Ralph on the January birth of his daughter, Macy, and we caught up on all things cruising.

One car that captured my interest was a late-model Charger with Lambo-style doors, LEDs and a kick-ass entertainment system. Sitting low and mean on its black alloy wheels, this Dodge looked great!

After admiring a superb classic 1967 Chevy Camaro in yellow with black racing stripes and a sweet Roush 427R Mustang, we adjourned to BK for a soda and a sit down. When we came back outside the sun had set and the parking-lot lights became the main source of illumination. With the ISO rating on my camera bumped up and the flashgun fitted, it was time for a few night shots.

As we took another lap around the lot, a familiar car came into view – the Whoppers-liveried Chevy of Game Over Car Club members Wesley and Carol. We’ve seen the big-wheeled car on several occasions but never had an opportunity to take a proper look at it. With seconds of pulling up, a small crowd had gathered around the 22-inch wheeled eye catcher. Wesley gave us a tour of the car, especially the superb speaker install in the trunk. We chatted about the upcoming shows for Game Over and how some of the other club members’ cars were progressing after their winter modifications and repaints.

After spending quite a while with Wesley and Carol, Kathy and I decided it was time to head home after another enjoyable night of cars, conversation and chicken sandwiches.

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