Cobe Cup cruise again rolls through region

2014-06-07T15:13:00Z 2014-06-08T09:44:06Z Cobe Cup cruise again rolls through regionLauri Harvey Keagle lauri.keagle@nwi.com, (219) 852-4311 nwitimes.com

CEDAR LAKE | The sounds of "ah-ooo-gahs" from Model A Fords and "vrooms" of classic muscle cars filled the air in Cedar Lake on Saturday afternoon as the historic Cobe Cup cruise made its return to the region.

"When they dropped it two years ago, it was a shame because this is the history of Lake County," said Wally Woldt, Webmaster for the Crown Point-based Regional Streeters car club. "Our club stepped up, and we had a great response."

Regional Streeters picked up the Cobe Cup this year, combining it with the group's annual two-day car show in Cedar Lake.

The Cobe Cup -- the predecessor to the Indianapolis 500 -- began in 1909 in Crown Point as a 395.6-mile race with 23.27-mile laps from Crown Point to Cedar Lake and Lowell and back to Crown Point. The winner of the first race was Louis Chevrolet, founder of his namesake car company.

Saturday's event at Cedar Lake Eagles featured 82 vehicles participating in the cruise and following the same 23-mile lap of the original race. 

The cruise last occurred in Crown Point in 2012. It ended last year when no sponsors were available to continue the more than century-long tradition.

Tom Rock, of Crown Point, cruised in his 1929 Model A Ford Roadster pick-up Saturday and said he was pleased to see the return of the Cobe Cup to the region.

"We knew somebody would pick it up," Rock said. "It's neat that it's even more true to the original now."

Jim Nelson, of Crown Point, a veteran Cobe Cup cruiser, was driving a magma orange 1946 Ford Coupe on Saturday.

"I was really upset when it ended, and I'm thrilled to see it back," Nelson said. "The history is so important."

Richard Haager, of Hammond, rode in a 1927 Roadster with his 15-year-old son, Hunter. It was a first for both in the Cobe Cup.

"We worked on this all winter," the elder Haager said of the vehicle. "It was a big deal for us because he's into cars and he's at that age where I just thought with the history of it, it would be a nice father/son thing to do together."

Nico Kimmett, 5, knew what kind of car he was riding in during Saturday's cruise with his grandpa, Lowell's Tony Traicoff.

"A purple car," Kimmett said.

Traicoff said it was a 1938 Chevy.

"This is my first time in the Cobe Cup, and I really wanted to be able to do it with him," Traicoff said of his grandson.

"This is something he'll remember forever."

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