More than 40 cars — old and new — cruised down old Pumpkinvine Pike Thursday afternoon, just as Elwood Haynes did 119 years ago.
The historic drive officially kicked off the 2013 Haynes Apperson Festival.
The road, now known as East Boulevard, is the same path Elwood Haynes took July 4, 1894, in his first automobile.
Dale Etherington took the historic drive fittingly in his 1921 Haynes.
“I’ve been a member of the Pioneer Auto Club since 1955 and always wanted one,” Etherington said of owning a Haynes automobile.
“I use more water than I do gas,” he joked, as liquid from his water pump leaked onto the ground.
Besides the leaky pump, Etherington said, “It runs beautiful. I had two of them and sold one. It will be a slow drive, about 15 miles per hour. I have to drive it in high gear.”
Cars and their owners first gathered in the parking lot of Hope Community Church, at the corner of Goyer Road and Boulevard, where a monument to Elwood Haynes is located. It commemorates Elwood Haynes’ first test drive of an American automobile on July 4, 1894.
The group of cars, including a 1957 Thunderbird, a 1959 Corvette, several old Ford Model Ts and a host of other memorable cars, then cruised down Boulevard to Webster Street, past the Elwood Haynes Museum on their way to downtown’s Foster Park.
Car enthusiast Ralph Colter drove his 1940 Buick, as he has in years past.
“This is great,” he said of the commemorative cruise.
“It’s basically all original,” Colter said of the shiny, black four-door. “I’ve had this car all over the country. It’s part of the family.”
Parked behind Colter’s Buick was a 1963 white convertible Chevy Impala Super Sport, driven by Roger Glassburn.
“I bought it in 1982 and worked on it for more than 20 years,” said Glassburn of his Chevy. “Everything was in pieces all over my garage. I enjoy driving it in these events, especially on the Fourth of July.”