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THE GREAT LABOR DAY CRUISE

The Great Labor Day Cruise was presented at the Orange County Fair Ground’s in Costa Mesa, CA.

Celebrating its 35th year, this event is one of the largest and longest running car shows in the nation. They provide a 150 acre venue and non-stop cruising around a 2.25 mile cruise route.

The best way to enjoy this event is to stay there for 3 days in your trailer, or motorhome. Watch as these cool hot cars cruise into the night. The great Labor Day cruise is a camp-out like none other.

Over a 175 motorhomes found a great spot to enjoy the view. 100’s of classic cars gathered with car families and friends that may not have seen each other for a year or more, reunite for 3 days of cruising, good food, visiting with old friends, making new friends, checking out some of the vendors offerings, and generally relaxing.

…this event is one of the largest and longest running car shows in the nation

The Great Labor Day Cruise
This little Model A Ford pickup was haulin’
 ’50 Ford Woody
This classic ’50 Ford Woody with the license plate “FYRWOD” belongs to ex-fireman Joel Cincotta of Huntington Beach, CA
’67 Ford Mustang
You could have won this sharp ’67 Ford Mustang! All the profits from the drawing for this ‘67 Mustang will go to support The Warrior Foundation / Freedom Station.

Things to do during the event included, checking out a nice selection of New and Vintage Trailers, a 2.25 mile cruise route, and the big 50/50 drawing.  On Sunday over 27 awards were presented to deserving cars.

This year the Great Labor Day Cruise is supporting the Warrior Foundation-Freedom Station. They strive to be the leading force in assisting and supporting the military men and women who have so bravely served and sacrificed for our country.

Thanks for the Show!!

NOTE; The rumor suggesting, “this is the last year of The Great Labor Day Cruise”, is completely false! This correct information is from event organizer, Darrell Moore.

… a 150 acre venue and non-stop cruising  around a 2.25 mile cruise route

The Great Labor Day Cruise
Cruisin’ buddies with the same hair color.

The Great Labor Day Cruise

The Great Labor Day Cruise
(L-R)Joe Espinoza, Susan and Jeff Styles,  Sit in Jeff’s VW Bus bar next to his tempting fountain pool!
The Great Labor Day Cruise
A cruise at the OC Fair Grounds wouldn’t be complete without the legendary “Living Room”. Thank you Geary Brothers!

The Great Labor Day Cruise

’38 Chevy Coupe
Bob Terhune drove his sharp ’38 Chevy Coupe from Havasu City, AZ.!
’29 Fire Engine
This nicely restored ’29 Fire Engine belongs to Jim Meiers.
 ’38 Ford Cab
Randy McDaniel’s striking ’38 Ford Cab Over hauling his nasty, chopped, ’34 Ford Coupe sporting a blown Arias big block  Chevy!!

 ’38 Ford Cab

’57 Chevy pickup
This sharp ’57 Chevy pickup is driven by Rex McMillan who is from “some where else”.
’50 Ford Convertible
This awesome ’50 Ford Convertible belongs to Tom Rodriguez.

Car interiors

This year the Great Labor Day Cruise is supporting the Warrior Foundation-Freedom Station

’47 Crosley Sedan
You see everything on the cruise route, including this ’47 Crosley Sedan owned by Evan Wilkinson.
’57 Buick “Surf Wagon”
This ’57 Buick “Surf Wagon” has been hanging around the beach too long.
’72 Chevy Camaro RS SS
This meticulously detailed Gen II ’72 Chevy Camaro RS SS, with an upgraded Chevy LS1, belongs to Dusty Beeding of Yorba Linda, CA.

Car interiors Interiors of the car

’72 Pontiac LeMans
A very clean, original ’72 Pontiac LeMans. Owned by Ed Mendoza of  Orange, CA.
labor day cruise event
Just Crusin’!

labor day cruise event


Editor’s Note: A version of this article first appeared in the December 2017 print issue of the Drive Magazine.