2013 proved to be another great year for the Central Oregon Flashback Cruz held each August and hosted by the Central Oregon Classic Chevy Club. This is always a very popular gathering. Most attendees are from the Pacific Northwest but there is always representation from the Canadian contingent as well as a few entries from Idaho, Colorado, Nevada and of course California. With the sunny skies of the high desert, the laid back atmosphere, and endless recreation opportunities it is no wonder this event reaches near maximum capacity every year.
The three day event draws excellent entries, owners, and their families from every walk of life. The main display of vehicles takes place on Saturday in downtown Bend, Oregon. Vehicles are on display in Drake Park, located along the banks of the Deschutes River. The lush grass and numerous shade trees of the expansive city park offer an outstanding display for street rods, customs, classics, retros, rat rods, as well as outstanding daily drivers. With the gorgeous Cascade Mountain Peaks silhouetted just west of the city and unlimited activities available this has become one of the finest hot rod venues in the Northwest. The usually dry, warm climate of the Oregon High Desert is just right for enjoying your favorite vintage or classic vehicle.
Because of the unique location in the heart of the community there are endless boutiques and shops, fine dining, micro breweries, museums, and other attractions located within walking distance from the event. Free admission and the proximity to downtown seems to enhance the interest of spectators that otherwise might not take in such an event. It is always fun to see visitors that are getting a new introduction to the excitement we car junkies live for, beautiful rides.
Saturday evening the streets of downtown Bend are reserved for Flashback Cruz entrants to gather again for a cruise and to display their vehicles. It always proves to be the highlight of the weekend and a chance to enjoy a dinner, or a cold beverage with friends, new and old while watching the cruise.
The Flashback Cruz should be near the top of your list of events to experience. The unencumbered, non pretentious, low profile personality of this gathering keep this one of the best kept secrets for automotive events today. It will not be long before this gathering outgrows the current location so make your move to enjoy it soon.
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Bend, Oregon – August 2-4, 2013