Car Craft Magazine (Jan 1984), feat. "Dayton, OH - Where Cruisin' USA Began"
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If you've lived in Dayton, OH or the area most of your life and have been part of the car scene... you know the legendary history of cruising and car shows dating back more than half a century. From Hale and Hardy to Frisch's Big Boy to Kmart to Taco Bell on Woodman cruise-ins, it's been a scene not duplicated elsewhere. Cars in and out of parking lots all night, as soon as Friday at 5:00 hit.
In this extremely rare Car Craft edition from Janurary 1984, they REvisit Dayton, OH for a behind-the-scenes look at the cars, culture, and people that make this city an automotive hotbed.
Car Craft took on the job of documenting the very best cruises for their readers to experience what various regions had to offer. The author recounts the first town they covered; Dayton in 1979, covered by Jon Asher who connected with Pat Crafton, the Captain of the Dayton Rat Pack. That method of journalism and coverage became the formula and standard Car Craft would use from there on to spotlight all locations they visited. Again, Dayton setting the bar high. It was such a successful piece and article, rumors drove people to arrive in speculated destinations in great numbers.
Donning the cover is a Dayton legendary car; a blown C3 Corvette with a paint job rumored to have used 70 layers of fine paints, pearls, and metallics in its custom paint job.
As the author put it:
"We couldn't resist going back to the very place where it all began for CAR CRAFT to see if cruising couldn't, in fact, take place peacefully and without incident. You know what we found?