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Our Journey Continues in Celebrating Car Culture

We are again excited about exploring a new auto-related subject that we believe hasn’t received much attention at least in recent years. We’re not sure where this exploration may lead, but the discovery process should be interesting and challenging. But, it is a good time to review where our journey in celebrating car culture has led us.

Indiana Cars jacket

Our exploration and celebration our car culture took a serious turn about 10 years ago when we published Indiana Cars: A history of the automobile in Indiana. In 2013, we updated the book and published a second edition. Inside we take a look of the innovations and pioneers who made a tremendous difference in the industry.

Click on this link to see more about Indiana Cars: A history of the automobile in Indiana.

Hoosier Tour

Next was Hoosier Tour: A 1913 Indiana to Pacific Tour. The book examines how an intrepid group from the Indiana Automobile Manufacturers’ Association traveled primitive pathways to help generate interest for building roads, like the proposed Ocean-to-Ocean Rock Highway later to be known as the Lincoln Highway. At that time, the IAMA Tour was one of the largest continental tours attempted in the United States.

Click on this link to see more about Hoosier Tour: A 1913 Indiana to Pacific Tour.

Tales of a Pathfinder

Hoosier Tour led to a couple of other small books. For example, Tales of a Pathfinder is AL Westgard’s own account of exploring the trails that eventually led to improved highways. We were very impressed his pioneering work and wanted to share that with other car fanatics.

Click on this link to see more about Tales of a Pathfinder.

There is still much more to explore, and we look forward to the journey. For now, follow the links to learn more about our published works:

For more information on Indiana cars & companies follow this link.


cruise-in logo

Many of you have asked, what are you doing this spring? I would like to say Wahoo! I finally completed renovating my website Cruise-IN.com.

As most of you know, I am a “Genuine Car Nut.” It was about time that I renovated my website.

I started my Cruise-IN.com site in 1997 to share the continuing story of Indiana automotive history. This story started in the early 1890’s and continues today. I continually find new information about vehicles built in Indiana. Once, I was notified about the Mutual Trucks built in Sullivan, IN. I enjoy sharing these stories, and I will post any information I receive on Cruise-IN.com.

I invite you to check out the various sections to find out more about the auto pioneers, cars, companies, our Indiana-built list, and the mileposts in Indiana automotive history. The Resource sections offer book reviews, backroads trips, museums, exhibits and events for your discovery. Other sections link to our book Indiana Cars: A History of the Automobile in Indiana, Indianapolis Auto Tours, Presentations, Bookstore, and Heritage.

In our Bookstore you’ll find works by my wife Terri and I.

My passion for learning and sharing Indiana automotive history arose from my upbringing in Indiana and involvement with autos in the early 1960’s. I am the co-author of three books Cruise IN: A guide to Indiana’s automotive past and present, Indiana Cars: A History of the Automobile in Indiana, and Hoosier Tour: A 1913 Indiana to Pacific Journey. As many or know, I am also is the Web publisher of the companion site Cruise-IN.com: Celebrating Indiana Car Culture, which won an International Automotive Media Award — Silver Medallion for Excellence in 1999.

For more information on our Bookstore follow this link.

So, grab a cup of your beverage and peruse Cruise-IN.com to Celebrate Indiana Car Culture.

I hope you enjoy our new offerings and learn something new about our automotive heritage.

Cruise in at The Suds is a Greenwood tradition since 1957

If you are looking for somewhere to cruise to on a Saturday night, The Suds Drive In, located in Greenwood, IN, has been a tradition since 1957. Car Craft Magazine rated the Suds as the #6 best cruising spot in America. This location is probably central Indiana’s most popular spot celebrating cruising car culture.

The Suds
The Suds Drive In
Copyright © 2011 Dennis E. Horvath

The Suds, once part of the Dog n Suds chain of restaurants, has seen some rough spots over the past decade, but is now on stable ground with the Suds Hot Rod Club ownership. The drive-in is open Wednesday through Saturday nights during the spring through fall, with the possibility of future indoor winter seating.

Yes, the Suds still serves the traditional hot dogs and root beer. The menu also includes corn dogs, homemade hamburgers, tenderloins, pulled-pork barbeque, chicken strips, and root beer floats. I can vouch for the hamburgers and root beer, great.

But that is only part of the Saturday night fun. The addition of great tunes and the ever-changing car show continue. Some of the die-hard cruisers start arriving before 4 p.m. and don’t leave until after 10 p.m. Regulars have their favorite parking spot to view the cruisers along Market Plaza Drive.

Some of the cars I enjoyed during a visit included a 1951 Studebaker Starliner Sedan, a 1985 Avanti, a 1950 Chevrolet, a 1952 Plymouth that was built in Evansville, a 1960 Chevrolet Impala coupe, a 1957 Ford Skyliner retractable convertible, a 1965 Ford Galaxie 500 hardtop, and a 1937 Buick coupe convertible. The cars cruising by presented an endless procession for our evening enjoyment.

So, if you are looking for some great Saturday evening car culture entertainment, I say cruise on down to the Suds in Greenwood for the food, tunes, and the never-ending car show. Maybe I’ll see you there some Saturday night?

To find more about Indiana car culture follow this link.