No Disappointments at Bend's "Flashback Cruz"
Photos & Story by Bob Roseberry
Numbers up, down or the same, the crowds at Bend, Oregon's Flashback Cruz are enthusiastic! One measure: the event t-shirts sold out before noon on Saturday! Temperatures in the mid-nineties both Friday and Saturday would have been devastating on the more humid west side of the Cascades, but in Bend's high desert environment they were just right. The people turned out---entries and spectators alike!
The 2016, and 31st Annual, version of Flashback was also marked by what we've come to find is the usual amazing assortment of fascinating vehicles from all over the Northwest with many of them coming from right in Bend. One of the more remarkable entries was a '53 Peterbilt tractor originally used by Brooks-Scanlon Timber on private logging roads where it hauled loads many times the legal weight for public highways.
The truck is part of Harry and Bev Fagan's growing and diverse collection of vintage cars, trucks and at least one M29 "Weasel". Besides log trucks and tracked·vehicles there was an army of hot rods, vintage sports cars, street cruisers, restorations and resto-mods-anything a gearhead could ask for.
As long as we've been covering this event, we've enjoyed the daylights out of it. Year after year, although the weather and car count can vary widely, Flashback never disappoints. Congratulations to the Central Oregon Classic Chevy Club and show sparkplug Joan Spongberg for continually putting on an excellent event.We would be remiss in not complimenting the array of live vendors of both food and automotive merchandise, the live DJ music, the poker walk, Friday pre-event, Saturday evening post show downtown cruise and the Sunday "Car Olympics" at Mt. Batchelor. Joan and the Club truly throw their all into the event.
The Flashback Cruz is one to experience for the cars, the location, the weather and-although we haven't mentioned them, the people. Flashback 2017 is staged for August 11th through August 13th and the contact number is 541-480-5560 all you need to know.