Mustangs vs. Camaros at Cajon Classic Cruise car show

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A variety of different generation Mustangs and Camaros were on display at this week’s Cajon Classic Cruise. This car show is held every week from April 23 until Oct. 29 from 5 to 8pm in between Magnolia and Claydelle Avenues. The event is hosted by the Downtown El Cajon Business Partners and is sponsored by Sycuan Casino. Entertainment and an awards ceremony for the best car or bike that went along with the weeks’ theme was also part of the event. 

A variety of different generation Mustangs and Camaros were on display at this week’s Cajon Classic Cruise. This car show is held every week from April 23 until Oct. 29 from 5 to 8pm in between Magnolia and Claydelle Avenues. The event is hosted by the Downtown El Cajon Business Partners and is sponsored by Sycuan Casino. Entertainment and an awards ceremony for the best car or bike that went along with the weeks’ theme was also part of the event. 

“It’s a lot of fun and it’s free for everybody,” said “Charger” Steve Lordygan. “We have Cajonclassiccruise.org. It tells you the list of the themes, it has some sponsors and some flyers and stuff for up and coming events.” 

Dozens of cars were lined up and down Main Street, many of which were getting second glances by pedestrians who were passing by. Rather than a feeling of competition against one another it was more of forum where vintage car owners can show off their car and admire the cars of others.

Julian Hoefert, a recent graduate of Hilltop High School in Chula Vista, had a black ‘69 SS 396 Camaro with a 454 four speed engine in it.

“It won the 1979 world of wheels for best street car,” he said. “It used to be black with blue and yellow flames. Since then we’ve had it and my dad put a 454 in it. I love the car it’s a beautiful car.”

Hoefert said he does not often bring his Camaro to car shows but was obliged to as the theme of this particular one was Mustang vs. Camaro. Even with theme seemingly being a competition, Hoefert was here to admire the cars.

“I didn’t come here to win an award,” he said. “I came here to see other cars and to represent the Camaro side of it and the Chevy side of it. You know just to have fun and see people I know.”

Tom Eastzat brought out a 1968 RS with hidden headlights he has owned since his early 20s.

“I’m glad that these car shows are around so we can bring these out and enjoy them with everybody,” he said. “It just makes for a fun time with the family. I love my car and when I get stressed its just a great stress reliever driving it around.” 

He said he liked all the cars he saw and was apprehensive if his own Camaro would meet the model with the others at the show. But when he pulled up and saw the other Camaros he knew his own was just as good as the others.

“I truly love the Mustang, I’m a Chevy guy but I think they’re keeping them in the garage because we got a lot of competition today,” he said.

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