Once I first moved to Cleveland about two years in the past, I wasn’t precisely enthralled with the native automobile gatherings. Any of the massive automobiles and low kind occasions acquired overrun with revving supercars, children on the lookout for TikTok clout, and hooligans attempting to show it right into a sideshow. Many of the cruise-ins are licensed boomer bait, full with “look however don’t contact” indicators, restoration documentation in a photograph album, and a crew of oldies in garden chairs imply mugging anybody who drives a four-cylinder. I knew we might do higher.
In speaking with pal of the location Myron “Junkman” Vernis, we each knew sufficient folks within the space to arrange a low-key weekday morning gathering that might concentrate on friendliness and funky automobiles. We’ve each skilled plenty of automobile tradition, and had inspiration from our collective time on the west coast. We put our heads collectively and got here up with a technique to carry a few of that west coast chill vibe to the midwest. Explicitly impressed by the unbelievable Good Vibes Breakfast Membership, a weekly Friday morning gathering up on Angeles Crest Freeway, we set the stage for our personal present, dubbed Valley Vibes.
Assembly each Friday down within the Cuyahoga Valley Nationwide Park, we maintain the gathering from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. There’s an appropriately sized car parking zone on the practice station subsequent door to the customer middle, and so long as we aren’t promoting something, charging admission, or inflicting bother for different park guests, the park rangers have been very happy to allow us to do our factor. The park is a phenomenal place to satisfy up, and these are the one actual good driving roads inside a 3 hour drive anyway.
Inclusivity is the secret, inviting anybody and everybody (who isn’t a dickhead) to return out and benefit from the mutual firm of different lovers. We don’t care what sort of automobile you will have, the place it was made, how a lot it value, or what stage your ‘construct’ is in, it’s welcome. Within the 18 months that we’ve been internet hosting this weekly gathering, we’ve seen all the things from model new Aston Martins to classic racing Alfas to a $3,000 Volvo C30 and an $800 Oldsmobile dustbuster van.
Each week is a roll of the cube. A few weeks in the past somebody confirmed up in a brand new Hummer and confirmed off the crab stroll characteristic. The primary time a Corolla GR confirmed up, it acquired a ton of consideration. The customs, the racers, the classic, the trendy, it’s all right here. You by no means actually know what’s going to indicate up at Valley Vibes.
Each Wednesday I make a couple of social media posts and ship invitations to a couple of the regulars. On Friday mornings I stand up an hour sooner than common and brew a carafe of high-test espresso. Myron brings the donuts and we set them out on my little camp desk. That’s it. That’s all of the prep it takes, and the present by no means fails to collect 20 to 30 automobiles every Friday morning. (Except it rains. Ohio folks suppose their automobiles will soften in the event that they get moist.)
You and your automobile associates can develop automobile tradition in your neighborhood. Hopefully that is the push you have to kick off your personal vibes-based present. In case you put aside a few hours each week to only stand round and discuss automobiles and life, put your telephones down, welcome everybody, and maintain the dickishness to a minimal, not solely will it enhance your personal life, it’ll enhance the neighborhood. I can’t advocate it extremely sufficient.
So if you happen to’re within the Cleveland/Akron space and have a cool automobile and angle, cease on out to our little occasion one Friday morning between 7 and 10. It’ll be value your time, for certain. We’ve had guests from as distant as Detroit and Pittsburgh, and even they mentioned it was value popping out for. It’s positively extra in regards to the folks than it’s the automobiles or the espresso and even the donuts (although the donuts are excellent.)
Come on down and really feel the vibes.