Every action has a reaction. It's as simple as that. Whether the reaction is expected, or it hits you blindsided like a southpaw, the truth of the matter is when the tree falls it makes a sound. Oftentimes the reactions aren't felt for years to come, but once the wheels are set in motion it's only a matter of time. In this world nothing is left sacred and everything and anything can feel the wrath of an action. Take for instance one of hot rodding's identities: cruising.
Another fallen victim to the equation of every action has a reaction: the phone booth. Due to the fact everyone from the age six and up is issued a government standard-issue cell phone, the booths that were once plastered across the U.S. have been tossed for scrap. Who's the biggest victim in this particular case? Superman. That dude would be in a world of hurt with no place to change in this day and age.
Cruising has gone hand in hand with hot rodding since the beginning. In fact, cruising has become more than a hot rod tradition, it has become a staple in Americana, just like baseball and apple pie. Whether it's Main Street, USA, drive-ins, or the local burger stand, every town has that "one spot" where cruising has become the buzz on a Friday night. In fact, cruising is so prominent in the American lifestyle that Hollywood has used the premise of cruising to portray growing up and living in America in movies like American Graffiti and Dazed and Confused. Yet despite its prominence and prestige, even cruising has felt the negative reactions through various actions.
Much like Major League Baseball, another American staple that has fallen from grace, cruising has taken a hit as well. Between the rising amount of people, automobiles, traffic, crime, street racing, and, of course, Johnny Law, cruising has fallen from its state of grace to a mere hiccup on the radar. The Friday night streets that were once littered with cruisers, the roar of motors and a rockin' good time have now been diminished to designated quiet zones that permit a car show once a year.
But just like before, every action has a reaction. Because cruising laws and more have sucked out the free will and happy-go-lucky nature of cruising, hot rodders have reacted and developed a new way to free their need to cruise: car show cruising. In the past few years car shows that also pull double duty as a cruise around the grounds have popped up and spread faster than ever. Once again hot rodders now have a place to roam and cruise in a worry-free environment. An environment where there are no cruising tickets for making more than a north and south, or east and west, pass down the boulevard. Where law dogs don't hang at each corner eager to deliver fix-it tickets and impound rides at the flip of a dime. Instead, the makeshift car show boulevards are now filled with the excitement, enthusiasm, and free spirit that made cruising what it once was: fun.
It's clear to see that the desire to cruise is still out there, it's just been shifted in somewhat of a different direction for some. And although city cruising will always be around in some form, this new way to cruise is more than a viable option to many. If nothing else, at least nowadays you can stand at one spot in the show and watch it come to you! Think of it as the equivalent of the remote control to the TV.-Dakota Wentz