Cruisin’ Night brings out oldies and goodies | News

GENEVA — America has long had a love affair with cars.

That was evident at Friday night’s annual Geneva Business Improvement District-sponsored Cruisin’ Night downtown. This year’s event, held on a clear, cool evening, attracted thousands of visitors.

Old and new cars and trucks and a growing number of motorcycles lined Seneca, Exchange and Castle Streets to be admired, talked about, analyzed and just plain enjoyed.

A common refrain was “I used to have one of them. I wish I’d kept it.’’

Bill Schumacher of Savannah came for the first time. He brought his 1972 American Motors Javelin to display. He said he was so impressed with the event that he plans to come back again.

“I’m having a great time. The weather is perfect. The cars, the music, the food and drink and the people make it a fun night,’’ Schumacher said.

He said a friend who has shown his 1971 AMX at Cruisin’ Night before, convinced him to come with his Javelin.

One eye-catcher was a 1932 Ford five-window coupe replica owned by Michael and Dawn Pileski of Skaneateles. The fenderless street rod was black with flames on the side, set off by chrome wheels and a 460-cubic-inch, fuel-injected Ford engine.

“I’ve had it about eight years,’’ Mike Pileski said. “The body is a reproduction, but I located a good frame, did the interior, put in the engine and running gear and just enjoy driving it on nice days,’’ he said.

Dawn said she enjoys driving it as well, noting both are huge Ford fans. “We had a 1930 Ford Model A street rod and then we had triplets and sold it,’’ Dawn said. “Once they got older, we got into this project and we love it,’’ she said.

Up on the top of Seneca Street was Doreen Benedict’s red 1967 Ford Mustang convertible. The North…

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