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Thousands watch annual "Fourth Street Cruise" roll into Waterloo

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WATERLOO (KWWL) - For 33 years, the "Fourth Street Cruise" has been a Memorial Day weekend tradition in downtown Waterloo, drawing in thousands of people to watch hundreds of classic cars roll down 4th Street and other downtown streets.

"I'm just in awe when I see these nice American muscles with different colors and things," said Brandon Ross of Waterloo.

Ross usually works weekends, but had Saturday off.

"I love cars. It's just, a car says a lot about your personality," he said.

Ross was among thousand of car enthusiasts who lined up the streets downtown Waterloo for the annual event organized by a committee of about 15 volunteers.

KOKZ, a local radio station, sponsors the free event, and held it in honor of Paul Michaels, a former DJ who died last year.

For families like the Conleys, Saturday was a bit nostalgic.

They used to cruise up and down 4th Street in the 1960s. Now, the couple sat in matching lawn chairs to watch dozens of unique vehicles cruise the same stretch of road they used to.

"It's a good community event," said Mike Conley.

"It brings out the best cars around and people from all over," he said.

Paul Eigenberger of Marshalltown brought his '64 Chevy to cruise. He said he bought the car 20 years ago at a farm in Texas.

"I've dumped a lot of time and money into it," said Eigenberger, adding he's spent around $30,000 restoring it.

Organizers of the "Fourth Street Cruise" took photos throughout the day.

When they start planning next year's cruise in February, they'll review the photos and select two vehicles to be part of next year's logo.
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