SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Cruisin' Grand began 17 years ago, a small gathering of about seven classic cars gathered on Grand Ave. in Escondido.
Today, the event brings out far more cars: Hot rods, muscle cars, custom rides. And far more people than when it originally started.
The event's creation is credited to Steve Waldron, according to the Cruisin' website. Waldon used to cruise down Valley Parkway in the 1970s. He would visit the former T-Bird Diner in town and think it was a shame to see all the classic cars parked and not cruising around.
In 2000, the event launched with dozens of cars rolling through Escondido.
Today the event continues, bringing car enthusiasts and families out to enjoy downtown Escondido and a trip into the past with live music and vehicles beaming in the night lights.