I haven’t yet done a full CC on my classic Mercedes-Benz 220D yet but I plan to use it to where and whenever possible. Every year in Lethbridge the big local car club, the Street Wheelers, puts on a whole weekend filled with automotive related activities. The highlight might just be a controlled cruise involving hundreds of special interest vehicles that takes on a party like atmosphere. I decided to take my three young boys and my elderly Benz to join the fun.
Registration was required to participate and I have to commend them as it was the model of efficiency. Within two or three minutes I’d paid and received my sticker which was required to enter the closed off the cruise streets. With all the automotive eye candy around this is one line up I may not have minded sticking around in. Of course with my clattering diesel engine perhaps others may not have appreciated that.
Looks like I picked a good year to participate as the cruise was celebrating its 35th year. Amazing to think my Mercedes would have only been eight years old when the first cruise happened.
Despite the streets being closed off to regular traffic there were so many special interest vehicles that the cruise often resembled a traffic jam in the early parts of the evening.
I have to say the dashboard with the separate VDO gauges and the large antique looking steering wheel is one of my favorite features of the 220D. With only 59hp on tap the Mercedes was ideally suited to this low speed cruise.
While classic Detroit iron was featured predominantly there is still a good variety of cars to be seen illustrated by this classic Volkswagen wagon and modern drop top Mustang. A Hummer H1 truck does duty as a sign in the background.
A rather large tractor even showed up for a while.
Since I was driving my boys, ages six, nine and eleven, were responsible for a large portion of the photography both inside and outside the car.
TVRs aren’t exactly common over here but this 1978 3000M is a little more uncommon than most with the British 3.0L Essex V6 rather than the Cologne V6 or the Kent four cylinder.
These Iltis military vehicles were produced by Bombardier from 1984 to 1986 for the Canadian Military. Originally designed by Volkswagen for the German army the Canadian variant differs slightly in bumper and dashboard specification. Powered by a 1.7L Volkswagen four cylinder engine they are quite capable off road but were replaced by the Mercedes G-Wagon due to concerns over the lack of body armor. They were auctioned off a few years back so occasionally you get to a see a street driven example.
This 1962 Cadillac Series 62 convertible would make an almost ideal family cruiser on a nice summer evening.
In the end the boys and I had a fantastic evening and thanks to my mother’s help I was able to give each boy a solo ride in the front seat. That checks off one thing on the list of possible events for the 220D as well.