Remember Cruising Uptown

Remember Cruising Uptown

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Since: Jun 10

Christ, NC

#1 Jul 4, 2010
Was just thinking about the days when you could cruise around uptown...wish they would let ppl start doing it again, I think it would give the kids here something better to do on the weekends than hang around Walmart! I had so many good times up there on the square man those were the days.
revolution32

Charlotte, NC

#2 Jul 4, 2010
Well I was a cruiser in the mid-80s and I'm surprised we didn't wear trenches up Harper Avenue, around the Sonic and sometimes up through town, down to Hardees on the by-pass and back again.:)

The Pop-Shoppe, Car Wash, And Friendly Billiards. We had a route. LOL! You're right for the most part we kept moving and now when parked things get crowded and often tense situations occur.
bama lama

New Hill, NC

#3 Jul 4, 2010
damn i must be old..we use to circle the square,down by the center theater,then tur around at the old depot back up the street to mulberry st.then by the kentwood grill turn through the bowling alley then go back up to the mulbberry rec. center up ned jones hill then to the dome dr in. come back circle the red pig bbq.. then all over again...good old days...
revolution32

Charlotte, NC

#4 Jul 4, 2010
Yep bama that would make you a group or two behind me. I bet you remember The Big Rebel? I remember it and Kentwood well but I was a kid when Big Rebel was closed down.

My gosh and The Red Pig - I didn't cruise it but when I worked for Hammary in the early 80s we would get food there..
bama lama

New Hill, NC

#5 Jul 4, 2010
yep.revolution it was in the 60s remember big rebel..used to order there and then drive off ..look back on that was stupid..just teens though..

“Try to enjoy the ride.”

Since: Jan 09

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#6 Jul 4, 2010
I guess this is before my time (I'm only 25)... but what exactly is cruising? Is it just sitting in your car and driving around? Is the point to meet people? Or do you just chat with your friends?

I did most of my hanging out either at friends' houses, or at local/national concerts in Charlotte when I was a teen, and early into my 20's.

But yeah, someone explain the concept of cruising to me... I don't get it.

Since: Jun 10

Christ, NC

#7 Jul 4, 2010
We used to park up there in the alley or down below it at the fire dept. parking lot had a lot of fun...used to go to Friendlys and Baneys too, seems crazy now but it sure was fun back then and we always looked forward to the weekend so we could cruise..ahhh those were the days! Remember Sarge he used to come through the alley all the time checking to see what we were all up too.

Since: Jun 10

Christ, NC

#8 Jul 4, 2010
CDCeltown wrote:
I guess this is before my time (I'm only 25)... but what exactly is cruising? Is it just sitting in your car and driving around? Is the point to meet people? Or do you just chat with your friends?
I did most of my hanging out either at friends' houses, or at local/national concerts in Charlotte when I was a teen, and early into my 20's.
But yeah, someone explain the concept of cruising to me... I don't get it.
We used to just drive around meet with friends and hook up with some chicks..and chat, most of the times we would end up at someones house it was a good way to find out who was having a party..we also used to meet up and go 4 wheeling hit a few bars or Wilsons Creek and the Globe. We had a good time there was always something going on if you had a nice or fast car it was a good way to show it off, used to do burn outs in the alley myself...
Tony D

Greenville, SC

#9 Jul 4, 2010
Use 2 be the thing 2 do on the weekends.Now u have 2 many complications with trying 2 just go Thur town.[?]
revolution32

Charlotte, NC

#10 Jul 4, 2010
Yeah we used to ride around and show off our cars (no matter what kind of junk it might be)and of course pull up beside people we knew and chat. My goodness - the day of our 16th birthdays(or close) we would be at the DMV ready to roll --- we didn't have Mercedes or fancy first cars but they were OURS and we were free!!!! I know so many young folks today that have never had a driver's license and they are close to 30. I can't imagine not having a car and license. We just loved to ride and back then the Police would ask folks to leave if they stayed in one spot too long. Gas was less expensive and other than the occasional fistfight (I rarely saw any)-- danger was not lurking from drug deals gone bad or robberies.Don't get me wrong - we weren't wimps but it was a different time and we tended to settle disagreements differently -- nobody went to jail or died typically.

I hate I missed the Big Rebel(she was there but closing) in her heyday. When I came on the scene that wild and crazy new called called the Sonic was ready to hit Lenoir !!! LOL!

Cruising is just that - cruising along in your car and seeing who you see !!!!:) A need to see and be seen !!! LOL
Sweetiepie

Black Mountain, NC

#11 Jul 4, 2010
Back in ancient times ..lol...we used to ride around the monument...circle in the middle of town..down to the old depot and turn around and back up. Some would park on the street to see who was there and flirt. In fact, I met my husband cruising in town. We'd ride through Kentwood, around the Red Pig and the Dome. It was so much fun. I remember some seeing how many time they could go around the circle backwards without getting caught. Those were good days.
Brock

Wilmington, NC

#12 Jul 4, 2010
Sweetiepie wrote:
Back in ancient times ..lol...we used to ride around the monument...circle in the middle of town..down to the old depot and turn around and back up. Some would park on the street to see who was there and flirt. In fact, I met my husband cruising in town. We'd ride through Kentwood, around the Red Pig and the Dome. It was so much fun. I remember some seeing how many time they could go around the circle backwards without getting caught. Those were good days.
How in the world did you get the horse to push the buggy backwards??? lol

Since: Sep 08

Lake Forest, IL

#13 Jul 4, 2010
Ahhhh, memories. I remember a guy with a black custom van parked at his business that was where Rite Aid is now but can't remember the business to save my life. It had an extra axle on the rear so it was sporting 6 tires/wheels. A yellow Boss 351 that would cruise around and a COPO Camaro. When I first moved to Lenoir (circa 1980) the house we bought had the big sign for the Rebel drive inn in the basement. The guy took it with him though. If you made it past the bowling ally it was a fair bet you were heading past the R/R tracks and to a race toward the old Hudson dealership. It was also a fair bet Odell Church was looking for teens racing.

As for the point of cruising. I was 16. I had a Cyclone Spoiler I was proud of and I had $10 for gas, a few bucks for slaw dogs and my buddies in the car. We were free for a few hours and really had nothing better to do.
Sweetiepie

Black Mountain, NC

#14 Jul 5, 2010
Brock wrote:
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How in the world did you get the horse to push the buggy backwards??? lol
LOL Brock...it really wasn't that far back. Actually I didn't even have a driver's license then. I rode with someone else. It was in the 60s.
cuulduud

Holly Springs, NC

#15 Jul 5, 2010
Hibriten Mtn Jerrys Dairy bar those were the days
revolution32

Charlotte, NC

#16 Jul 6, 2010
I remember eating at Jerry's Dairy Bar - thanks for the memory.

I also remember Odell Church or at least his name very well. I never had the pleasure of meeting him since racing has always been illegal (cough, cough)but he was a presence.:)

And who was the guy that painted vehicles in the early 80s with flames on the side and others. I remember at least one van and also a few cars. Very talented and I THINK he is now deceased - died while only in his late 40s or 50s.

Fun days and nights and I remember the dark day when cruising became an official no-no in Lenoir. I was well beyond my cruising days but I knew it wasn't a totally good idea to take that away from kids in a small town like Lenoir. Considering the sidewalks of Lenoir rolled up about dark for anyone beyond a certain age - cruising didn't cause the chaos seen in bigger cities. Plus most of us worked for a living in those factories (hard work and started early)so our fun was limited to the weekends typically.

I really cannot imagine life without a driver's license and some form of transportation.As I said before I know MANY people in their mid-late 20s now that have never had a license or car. How do you get to work or have a life in western NC with no car/license?
deluxerider

Raleigh, NC

#17 Jul 6, 2010
wow....this is like a flashback...those were the good days....nothing to do but ride around and see who was "shooting the groove"....see who had who with them and talk to your buddies...I still hear We're an American Band and can smell the bowling alley.
Tony D

Greenville, SC

#18 Jul 6, 2010
revolution32 wrote:
I remember eating at Jerry's Dairy Bar - thanks for the memory.
I also remember Odell Church or at least his name very well. I never had the pleasure of meeting him since racing has always been illegal (cough, cough)but he was a presence.:)
And who was the guy that painted vehicles in the early 80s with flames on the side and others. I remember at least one van and also a few cars. Very talented and I THINK he is now deceased - died while only in his late 40s or 50s.
Fun days and nights and I remember the dark day when cruising became an official no-no in Lenoir. I was well beyond my cruising days but I knew it wasn't a totally good idea to take that away from kids in a small town like Lenoir. Considering the sidewalks of Lenoir rolled up about dark for anyone beyond a certain age - cruising didn't cause the chaos seen in bigger cities. Plus most of us worked for a living in those factories (hard work and started early)so our fun was limited to the weekends typically.
I really cannot imagine life without a driver's license and some form of transportation.As I said before I know MANY people in their mid-late 20s now that have never had a license or car. How do you get to work or have a life in western NC with no car/license?
Those were the days.Odell church was a lot of different things to different people.Not just a Trooper with the N.C.S.H.P.,I had my share of tickets but i also had my share of breaks.He let Keith Patton and me off with a warning[He suspect that Keith in his Red Chevy Truck,& me in my Black z28 Camaro were racing.[that was Odell]He was a Fair man.His son was also with the N.C.H.P. several years bk.
revolution32

Charlotte, NC

#19 Jul 6, 2010
Wild Bill was one of the car painters that cruised town in cars he painted. I don't remember the van specifically. I do remember a garage where Rite Aid is now that you mention it. D&I Auto Parts uptown too was a hangout and they had a garage or something in the basement part.
paula c

United States

#20 Jul 6, 2010
the one who painted those pretty flames was none other than houston , from valmead, he did pass away a year or two back. he did all of my work.

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