Jim and Sabrina's
1959 Chevrolet Apache 32 Stepside Pickup
The Great Labor Day Cruise XXIV – September 2-4, 2006

For the second year in a row, our Apache participated in The Great Labor Day Cruise car show held in Costa Mesa at the Orange County Fairgrounds. This event is held each year over the Labor Day weekend, which ran from September 2nd thru the 4th. Once again, our pickup was a part of the display presented by Auto Tek.

2006 Great Labor Day Curise Logo

Similar to last year, the truck was already at Auto Tek for some last minute maintenance before the show. John from Auto Tek had the pickup all week and performed some routine repairs and maintenance including an oil change and chassis lube (I think there are something like 26 Zerk lube fittings on the ole’ gal). The truck also was sent over to Cerny's for a few touchups before the show.

So, on Friday night September 1st, John transported the truck down to the show. This is the only show that it gets transported to on a trailer and even though this is the second year that it arrived by trailer, trust me, its not a “Trailer Queen”. The show is only about 15 miles from my house, but in both cases Auto Tek transported it because it is part of their display and they trailer their display vehicles they transport to the show.

Jim and Sabrina’s 1959 Apache at the Cruise! Auto Tek's booth gets quite a bit of attention.

I attended the cruise on Saturday and Monday. I didn’t do any cruising this year as I had to pass out flyers for the Orange County VCCA Club’s All Chevy Car Show at the Labor Day Cruise instead. Needless to say, it took me about four hours to cover half of the show passing out flyers to the scores of vintage Chevys at the show. On Monday, I passed out a few more flyers, but mostly I just took a few pictures and enjoyed the show.

The truck didn’t win an award this year, but it still got plenty of attention. The photographer for Sportruck,com liked it enough to take this picture.

As you can see, Auto Tek loves their customer's GM cars and trucks. The younger ones might have never seen an Apache as it looked new before.

John and Tom said the turnout was down this year, but it still was a very enjoyable show with zillions of cars and trucks to ogle over. Here is a picture of the Auto Tek guys waiting for the winner to be named for the give-away car that they all worked so hard on.

The AutoTek guys waiting to see the winner of the Give-Away car. The Give-Away Car.

I enjoyed the cruise again this year and look forward to participating next year.

For more pictures of the cruise check out SoCal Car Culture Webmaster David Lindsey’s site:


Also don’t forget to checkout Sportruck,com’s coverage of the 2006 Great Labor Day Cruise here:


That is all for this report, thanks for checking in! -Jim Karras





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