Charter Oak Firebirds, Panera Bread Cruise Night, August 6th, 2011


COF080611 017Lots of people, including Dreamz II Reality members Pete and Kathy Pires, have been telling Dave and me about the recent record turnouts at the bi-weekly Panera Saturday Night Cruises. So off we went to see for ourselves. Too bad the predicted rain kept some folks away.

After we parked, I knew where Dave was heading. He had spotted Kirk and Lilly Morgan’s Mustang as we pulled into the parking lot. We’d last seen the Morgans and their pony at the Mohegan Sun Rooftop Car Show on July 2nd, and it hadn’t been sporting those classy dark wheels. The blue color, accented by pearlized white stripes, and Lambo doors certainly make quite a statement. We were not the only people who thought Kirk’s ride was impressive as, later in the evening, the judges awarded the ‘Stang with the Best Of Show award.

After renewing acquaintances, Kirk said he was ready to proceed with some Cruisin’ Photography artwork now that the new wheels were on. Dave and I really enjoy creating one-of-a-kind artwork, innovative that celebrates the beauty of people’s one-of-a-kind vehicles…and the Morgans live in Killingworth, which will bring us close to the Clinton Outlets and Meigs Point Beach. Dave and I both like the beach…and I thoroughly enjoy the outlets. This sounds like the recipe for a perfect day to me.

Like us, CT Street Legends members Bob and Diane Serra wanted a second car-show fix for the day, and had brought their classy 1969 Mustang to Panera. Bob was thanking Dave and me for attending the benefit car show for Stan and Terry Rogers held earlier in the day when his name was announced as a trophy winner. As he made his way to collect the trophy, he was treated to some good-natured ribbing.

Dave and I then made the rounds of the parking lot, capturing the assembled vehicles, knowing that the Charter Oak Firebirds had decided to shorten the cruise because the storm was getting closer. The rain caught up with us after we joined the line of cars exiting the parking lot and made our way home.

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