Connecticut GTO Club, Hooters Cruise Night, June 10th, 2011


CTGTO061011 060Kathy and I took a trip to Hooters in Wethersfield on Friday evening for the CT GTO Club cruise night. This cruise has been voted “Best Cruise Night” by the readers of CT Cruise News on a couple of occasions. With ample parking, plenty of cars and bikes and visits from the Hooters girls, it’s easy to see why.

One of the most eye-catching cars in the parking lot was Jeff DiDomenico’s Ford Model T. With its wild styling and paint scheme, “The Joker” wasn’t easy to miss.

Like the three Willys coupes at Bristol last weekend, this cruise had its own touch of uniqueness with not one, but two De Sotos parked outside the restaurant. We had seen one of them, a rare 1955 Fireflite, last year at the same venue, when the owner said that he didn’t think that the car was worthy of being at a cruise. The other car, a Firedome, looked equally superb. Sadly we couldn’t track down the owner to find out more about the car.

Sitting in the parking lot was one of our blog feature cars from last year. Owned by our friend Bill, from Meriden, the 1961 Studebaker Lark VIII looked as great as ever. We drew another blank trying to find Bill. I guess he must have been in Hooters with the Firedome owner!

We’ve been so used to seeing Meriden resident Bob Tuninsky with his yellow late-model Dodge Charger Super Bee that we didn’t recognize him with his other ride, a rare Tor-Red 1970 Dodge Challenger 440 Six-Pack R/T. Bob took possession of this superb car, complete with Shaker hood and floor-shifted automatic transmission, in 2000. It had been restored in 1993, then partially restored again in 2006 under Bob’s watchful eye.

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