As part of the Brookline
Breeze Week celebration,
the Brookline Recreation Center hosted its' 5th Annual Summer Car Cruise on
Friday, August 7, 2009, the night before the race. The event attracted nearly
60 vintage vehicles. A DJ spun classic oldies, several door prizes were awarded
and there were plenty of refreshments. Add to this a stunning collection of
cool cars and there was something for everyone to enjoy.
As an added attraction, Officer Carlos
Schrader brought out the Pittsburgh Police S.W.A.T. armored car. There were
plenty of gadgets for the kids to see, and they even got to check out some
of the gear that our S.W.A.T. officers use. The curious few climbed inside and
popped their heads out of the turret, usually manned by a sniper.
While park-goers broused the lot,
votes were cast for the People's Choice Award. Competition was tight. When
the votes were tallied, the lucky winner was Richard Messenger of
Brookline, the owner of an aqua and white 1960 Ford Edsel Ranger.
After the final prizes were handed
out and the sun began to set on the horizon, the proud owners of the cars
dropped their hoods, revved up their engines and hit the Brookline streets.
The following morning, over 700 runners and walkers would hit the streets
of Brookline in another classic, the 28th Annual Brookline Breeze 5K Run and