Coming up this weekend (Aug 7) in downtown Amarillo, you can celebrate nostalgia and all things "automobile" in the Don W. Houghton Memorial Polk Street Cruise. It is an iconic event in downtown Amarillo that is finally back after being forced to take last year off.

Recently, we had the chance to catch up and chat it up with Larry, member of the Amarillo Area Corvette Club and one of the event organizers. You can listen to the conversation below.

In case you aren't familiar with the Don W. Houghton Memorial Polk Street Cruise, it's an event that takes place from 6 PM - 9 PM downtown. Every one that wants to is able to participate and cruise along the route, showing off their ride. All you'll need to do is register. All your ride needs is the ability to run, and some wheels.

It's an event perfectly located close to the old mother road, Route 66. I suspect there will be several classic cars in the cruise for enthusiasts to enjoy.

For those who spent their high school years going up and down "the drag" in whatever town you may be from, you'll feel right at home.

I attended the Don W. Houghton Memorial Polk Street Cruise that was held in 2019 with some of my family, and it was honestly a pretty good time. One of the best parts for me was the fact that one of my favorite restaurants downtown was open, and happened to be situated along the cruise. I sat enjoying my dinner and watching all of the vehicles drive by.

There were sports cars, big trucks, and more than one oddity that made its way by.

For more info, be sure to check out the Don W. Houghton Memorial Polk Street Cruise website by following this link.

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