It's all about the cars. The well-tuned lope of a race cam. The ground-shaking roar of open headers. The magnificent paint jobs. And the Saturday night cruise where you showed off your pride and joy, and checked out all of your friend's rides. At least that's what it was about for me during my late teens and early twenties. And it will be again. This weekend, the Shepherd of the Hills hosts the event that car enthusiasts wait for all year. The Shepherd Super Summer Cruise. Thousands of people will line the cruise route to watch the beautiful machines drive by. Starting Thursday, August 8th, cars from the early 1900's to present day will be on display throughout the Shepherd of the Hills Homestead - all in all, over 600 vehicles. That is some car show!! Tickets range from $7 to $10, depending on which day you want to attend. Family passes are also available. The show runs through Saturday, August 10th, from 9:00 to 5:00 daily.
The grand finale happens on Saturday night at midnight. The cars will cruise from the corner of 76 Country Boulevard and Shepherd of the Hills Expressway to Roark Valley Road. Chairs, blankets, and thousands of people line the cruise route. To get a place, you'll want to place your chair before the Saturday night event. But don't worry - chairs sit there for days, and no one touches them. After all, it IS Branson. Get to your chairs early on Saturday, because this is a community party, and you don't want to miss it. Just sit back, relax, and watch the people and the machines they love.
From the first throaty rumble of exhaust to the last glimpse of custom tail lights, this cruise is a blast. Folks anxiously wait for their favorites to drive by, and there is plenty of cheering and clapping. Although burn-outs are frowned upon, you will most likely see a couple of impromptu displays around town. After all, if you're driving a big block, bored and blueprinted 1970 'Cuda with a 383 Magnum engine, hood clips, 4-speed with Hurst pistol grip, a Holley 780 dual pumper carb, Edelbrock manifold with a full race Crane cam and open Hooker headers, a Dana posi-trac rear end, Mickey Thompson Radial T/A 70 series on the front, and slicks on the back...well, how could you NOT burn 'em every once in a while? Hehehe...guess you already figured out MY favorite ride!
Anyway, if you are a car lover, have a classic one for sale, or are looking for ideas to restore one you already own, or you just like to look - this is the show for you. And if you're not already a car lover, I'm betting you will be after the cruise.