To keep all informed of happenings at our monthly 'cruise-in', we give a plaque each month to the "Cruiser of the Month", and they will be chosen by vote of participants and visitors. We host a great cruise-in on the first Thursday of each month at the Winn Dixie Mira Bay south of Apollo Beach on US Highway 41, 6 PM to 9 PM. Please come join us.
Smooth '40 Chevy Is Cruiser of the Month.
Bob Perilli's superbly restored and tastefully customized 1940 Chevrolet business coupe is the Roamin' Oldies Car Club cruiser of the month for November.
He designed and built it from the ground up in his Brandon shop, starting with a bare 77-year-old body and frame. It is now better-looking than ever, and powered by a 350 GM V8 engine coupled to a 4-speed automatic transmission. New suspension components and four-wheel disc brakes provide a smooth ride and sure stops.
After a year and a half of work and considerable investment, the new/old Chevy offers far better performance, comfort and driveability than its original manufacturer could have ever imagined. The smoothly styled exterior is finished in an appealing Teal Blue and Cool Vanilla color scheme.
The next Roamin' Oldies event will be its annual charity Christmas Show, 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, December 5, at the Mira Bay Village Shopping Center on US41 in Apollo Beach. Many of the area's finest antique and collectible cars will take part, accompanied by classic oldies and holiday music played by DJ Joey Ferrante. Entrants are asked to bring a new unwrapped gift and a $5 entry fee. Proceeds and gifts will be distributed among local charities. Event sponsors include Thompson's Auto Parts and Gateway Classic Cars. For information, call Chet at 813-842-1511.
Gateway Classic Show.
The Roamin' Oldies were honored as the Featured Car Club at Gateway Classic Cars' September 28 Caffeine and Chrome event. About 50 club members and guests were there to show off their cars on a bright and sunny Saturday morning. Shown above, Club president Frank Gagliardi, Bill Young and Joey Ferrante joined Gateway Classic Cars representatives Jake Levin and Johnny Lane around the Ferrante Mercury convertible.
Gasparilla Concours d'Elegance event in Tampa.
This Concours event will be on April 17 - 19, 2020. We are invited to submit a car for the main show, and also participate in the
"Cars in the Park" show Friday night, which will have different cars. The event flyer is
Dry weather, good show for September.
After two months of summer rain-outs, the Roamin' Oldies started the fall season with a good turnout of show vehicles. "We had 73 cars, not bad for a hot night," said club president Frank Gagliardi. "It went extremely well. We picked up four new members and crowned two cruisers of the month."
A freshly restored 1957 Chevrolet shown by John and Mona Scaglione won September cruiser of the month honors. A 1967 Volkswagen Beetle rebuilt to better-than-new standards by Carlos Russe was named August cruiser of the month. Look at our Monthly Cruiser section for details.
Roamin Oldies at the Ruskin Tomato Festival May, 2019.
The Roamin' Oldies returned to the Ruskin Tomato Festival for the 2019 event, presenting a well-attended show of collectible cars, trucks and street rods under the trees at E.G. Simmons Park.
From the Cruise-In to the Concours.
The Roamin' Oldies were represented by two of our members at the inaugural Gasparilla Concours d' Elegance April 13, 2019 in Tampa.
Earl Muhlbaier's all-original 1957 Oldsmobile Super 88 was among the prestitigous assemblage of atuomotive history on the downown Curtis Hixon Park show field, participating in the Heritage Preservation class.
Member Bob Reynolds, in charge of finances for the Concours organizing committee, worked behind the scenes for many months, planning, organizing and promoting, to make the event a success.
Once a Lumber Hauler, Now a Spiffy Show Truck
BJ and Carol Braden's 1973 Dodge C600 truck was a big hit with the crowd at the Roamin' Oldies April 4, 2019 cruise-in. About nine feet tall, 6,000 pounds big, and so admired, it was voted cruiser of the month.
The one-time Virginia lumber hauler was found as just a well-preserved cab and frame, and built up from there. Shortened by 5-1/2 feet, fitted with a pickup bed, treated to a complete cab restoration and engine rebuild, and painted an eye-catching bright blue finish, it is a one-of-a-kind treat for automotive enthusiasts everywhere it goes.
The Roamin' Oldies cruise-in is held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month at the Mira Bay Winn-Dixie Plaza on US41. The event is free to both entrants and spectators, and the public is welcome.
About 60 of the area's finest antique and collectible cars and trucks are typically on display, accompanied by classic 1950's music played by DJ Joey Ferrante. The event is sponsored by Thompson's Auto Parts, Ligori Associates, SCC Funeral Home, and the Florida Railroad Museum. For information, call Chet at 813-842-1511.