Every year Paul Casey gathers some of the hottest cars in the Las Vegas Valley for his Car Stars Parade.
This isn’t a normal cruise; no this is a high priority. They shut down north bound Las Vegas Blvd. while the cars make their way from the Welcome to Las Vegas sign all the way to Fremont Street.
The cars even have a police escort. In fact it takes several officers to make the parade go off without a hitch. The police basically play leap frog as the parade makes it way north.
Just so you know in case you are ever downtown when they hold the parade, the cops aren’t playin. As one car was edging as if it was going to pull out of a side street, you could hear an officer telling them they better not even think about it.
Not sure what they would have done if the car had went, but I have a feeling it wouldn’t have been worth the ticket for not only pulling out, but for just pissing off the cop. Really, it only took a few minutes for the hot rods to go by and then you could be on your way.
As for the parade itself, we had some cool cars from your favorite tv shows and movies.
The ‘Back to the Future’ car was ready to hit that 88 mph and head off. Thankfully the parade was a little early and we didn’t see lightening until a few hours later or it would have been a whole different show.
The Ghostbusters wagon was out and I am not sure they found any ghost, but I am sure they found some freaks on Fremont Street (there are always freaks on Fremont!)
Now if you were a kid in the 70’s and 80’s you know the car from ‘Starsky and Hutch’, the 2 best cops in the universe. Well, they were at the time, they didn’t have all the fancy gear cops now have, they had Huggy Bear and that was sometimes all they needed to solve the crime. This 1975 Ford Gran Torino is owned locally in Las Vegas and is a hit at many shows. I think even younger people can recognize this ride!
We also got to see Kit from ‘Night Rider’, this is another great car that many of us spent each week waiting for it to come on. Kit could do things no other car could and it is still a favorite at shows! Now the Night Rider car had a battery issue about 2/3 of the way down Las Vegas Blvd, but with a little help Cat got it to Fremont to wow the crowds.
Captain America was also cruising on his motorcycle and followed by the Avengers SUV. Many of the others from the movie were riding on the Angel Fire Truck and yes, the kids and adults loved seeing their favorite super heroes.
The Angel Fire Trucks also carried some other very important people…the Disney Princesses! Yes, girls of all ages went crazy to see their Disney favorites!
As for the other cars in the parade, there was Whiskey Saldana in his latest truck. Not sure if you would call it a hot rod, rat rod, dragster or what, but I just call it freakin cool. Yes, I love this little yellow truck!
The Road Angels had most of the club out in their classic cars, some of which would take you back in time to when cars were big and made of steel. This included 2 old Impalas, Len’s 1968 and Cat’s 1958. Let me just say that Len’s is the blue dusty one, Cat’s is polished to perfection (minus the rain drops that fell during the parade.) Sorry Len, I had to say it. LOL
Speaking of old cars, Chris and Lesley of BlueNote Tattoo had out their pink 1964 Ford Thunderbird and their 1951 blue Mercury.
Jimmy and Sherold brought a bit of color with their 1940’s purple Ford. Sherold always pulls it off and she of course wore purple to match the ride!
I am not sure how the ‘Star Wars’ crew ended up so far back, but no matter where it is in the parade, people love to see it. Now I am going to be honest and tell you, that I have no clue what this rig is called. I saw Star Wars when it first came out and have not seen it again. I am sure some of you can tell us all what this is called and probably more facts than we will ever need. But even though I don’t know much, I do know I like Chewbacca…he’s furry and can kick ass, that is all I need to know.
Following them is Dean Sutton and his wife Liz in their hot rod towing their super cool motorcycle. I thought about riding on the motorcycle to get some really cool pictures, but knowing Dean…no way. LOL
We also have more purple with one of the rides from the Las Vegas Nocturnal club.
Mark Silverman in his El Camino is followed by a lot of hot rods and classics, we even had a Slingshot cruising!
As for me, I am riding with Skeeter and LuCindi ( Roddin Around) in the back of their red and white Ford F150 right in front of Hippy Mike in is VW Bus.
That VW Bus got a LOT of hoots and hollers. I had no idea how many stoners hung on the Strip. LOL
Bringing up the rear is another of the Angel Fire Trucks and it had the Avengers riding on top!
While I road in the parade to get footage of some cars and the tourist, Brad hit the street and got footage of the entire parade.
He was down at the Harley Davidson and once we all passed, he jumped in the car and beat us all down to Fremont to get us pulling in.
As for me and my footage; I was working the 360 camera and trying to get flat rolling footage all at the same time in the back of the truck. I really could have used an extra hand, but made it work anyway. Thankfully, Skeeter is a good driver and kept it as smooth as possible…he also didn’t let me fall out. LOL
Even with the rain, it was a great parade. I think not only did the tourist have a great time, but so did everyone who brought out their cars!