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Cruisers Stop in Rugby

By Staff | Jul 17, 2015

Classic cars stopped in Rugby Wednesday during the 13th Annual “Leadfoot Lanny’s” NSRA Cruise.

Several classic cars and their drivers made a pit stop in Rugby Wednesday afternoon during a cruise through the state.

The 13th Annual “Leadfoot Lanny’s NSRA Cruise”, which started this year in Grand Forks and ended in Dickinson, stopped at Rockin’ Relics in Rugby before heading to Minot. Other stops on the cruise included Cando, Devils Lake, Bismarck, New Salem and Glen Ullin.

According to cruise organizer and state National Street Rod Association representative Lanny Moore, of Grand Forks, it is an appreciation cruise.

“It’s all about cars,” Moore said. “Especially people who like to drive their cars, not the guy who’s got his car sitting in the garage or sitting on a trailer.”

Moore said the idea for the cruise came because NSRA state reps are supposed to hold an appreciation day once every year, but for some drivers, distance was a factor.

“For people who drive from one corner of the state to the other it’s like 400 miles. It’s hard to do a one-day deal,” Moore said.

Moore said this year’s event brought in drivers from not just North Dakota, but also South Dakota, Minnesota, Chicago, Ill. and Canada who drove street rods -vehicles 1948 and older – muscle cars and hot rods -1949 and newer. Drivers have the ability to enter and leave the cruise wherever they see fit.

Tim Ebach, of Rugby, was on the first cruise and has been coming back ever since.

“Every time you go some place you see different projects people are working on and then you go back,” Ebach said as to what keeps him coming back every year. “Sometimes you go back to the same garage and the car is done, and you remember what it looked like when you were there the previous time. All the people that you meet, all the people that come join us every year. It’s just a great big family get-together and get out of town for a while and go cruise cars around.”

Moore added, “You make really good friends during this.”

Moore said that Ebach brought up the idea of stopping at Rockin’ Relics in Rugby during the cruise.

Moore said the cruise has covered so much of North Dakota that it has also been through parts of Wisconsin, Iowa, South Dakota and Canada.

“We haven’t been to Montana yet, it’s too far through the oil patch to get there,” Moore said. “This is the 13th annual [cruise], we’re gonna keep doing it until we get tired of it.”

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