Hot Times at the Sanford Car News Cruise-In!

How’s your summer been? If you’re like most Americans, extreme heat has been part of the experience. Praise the Lord for air conditioning as the conditions are unbearable, even dangerous at times.

But high temperatures are not keeping people inside. Indeed, at the July 2022 rendition of the Sanford Car News Cruise In (NC), dozens of vehicles were on display. We’ve been following this monthly event for a few years now, a cars and coffee style meetup that happens in the afternoon on fourth Saturdays from February through November. It’s a unique gathering based on the time of day and location – at the Spring Lake Galleria shopping mall just off Route 1 (Exit 68).


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The Cruise In doesn’t just meet in the parking lot – they’re backed by the Camelback Brewing Company that supplies the music and announcements related to the show. This month’s band, though, canceled but a DJ spun the rock ‘n roll tunes from my high school years. At least the music was flowing and the ale too – I highly recommend the bottled Blood Orange as it was delicious.

Without further blather, we give some of the photos of this month’s show. Oh, and a special shoutout to Camelback as they mark their 4th anniversary today.


Sanford Car News Cruise In, July 2022


Jeep Wrangler Two-Door
Jeep, there is only one.
The Generals
Yeehaw! The general General and the Ram General on guard.
Yellow Corvette
Prince never sung about a yellow Corvette. Maybe he should have.
Ford Fairlane 500
This Ford Fairlane 500 is an excellent example of 1960s Americana.
Chevrolet C10
This Chevrolet C10 is the heartbeat of America.
Chevrolet SS
From Holden, with love. A 2017 Chevrolet SS.
Chevrolet S10
That’s one heckuva sharp-looking Chevy S10.
Sanford Car News
The green-shirt guys were everywhere, including under the tent escaping from the hot sun.

American classic cars
American classic cars all in a row.
Boosted Pickup Truck
Taking a lifted truck to a whole ‘nuther level!
Boosted Corvette
A boosted Corvette when you need one.
Dodge Ram 1500 at Sanford Car News Cruise In
An aging-well Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck.
Ford Super Duty
A 2020 Ford Super Duty takes the stage.
Chevrolet Pickup Truck
Pickup trucks, including this Chevrolet, are always well represented in Sanford.
Sanford Car News Cruise In
Lots of giveaways every month punctuate this show.
Chevrolet Vega 454
Sticking a big-block V8 in a Chevy Vega makes for an awesome ride!

American classic pickup truck
There is nothing finer than American classic pickup truck.
Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
What dropping the top on a C8 Corvette looks like
Plymouth Satellite
This mint-condition Plymouth Satellite is a true head turner.
Chevrolet Silverado 1500 at Sanford Car News Cruise In
Yet another lifted Chevrolet pickup truck we can’t hate.
Sanford Car News Chevrolet Silverado
The Sanford Car News executive whip.
1974 Jeep Mail Truck
This 1974 Jeep mail truck looks ready to make deliveries.
Custom Ride
Classic cars are cool, but kit cars are certainly rare.
1956 Chevrolet Corvette
This 1956 Corvette arrived late, but was just on time.

Fifth Saturday Car Shows

Once again, we thank Sanford Car News for putting on an enjoyable event. A special shoutout to Jonathon Nowell for always being available to answer questions and for sharing updates. And a hat tip to Kim Mattingly of Maximum Performance Productions for filling me in on some things I missed.

Next Saturday is the fifth Saturday and that happens only four times annually. As such, whatever car shows are held, they’re typically special fund-raising events that happen just once annually.

One such show, the Cars for a Cause, is scheduled from 10 a.m. to close at the Wilkesboro Dragway. This event benefits the UNC Health Children’s Heart Center Fund and is in honor of John Frederick Chandler who died in 2002 after battling heart problems throughout his 18 years.


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Matt Keegan
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Matt Keegan is a journalist, media professional, and owner of this website. He has an extensive writing background and has covered the automotive sector continuously since 2004. When not driving and evaluating new vehicles, Matt enjoys spending his time outdoors.

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