Classic cars and hot rods of all descriptions will roll into the central Douglas County area this week for the 2013 Graffiti Weekend, the 32nd annual event.
Last year’s Roseburg Graffiti Night Cruise attracted a record number of vehicles — 683 — and Umpqua Flatheads President Dave Owens is expecting another such turnout this week.
What started as a simple idea between a couple of local car clubs has blossomed into an occasion that draws about 20,000 spectators and participants over its five-day span. Owens said the first Graffiti Weekend began with two events, the Show-N-Shine at River Forks Park and the night cruise on Harvard Avenue. It has now grown to 22 different events over five days.
The two original events remain the most popular.
A few newer cars are expected to participate this year. The cutoff date was changed from 1972 to 1975 or older because some of the younger members enjoy working on muscle cars from the mid-70s, Owens said.
The Saturday Show-N-Shine at River Forks Park typically draws as many as 500 to 1,000 cars.
The Saturday night cruise is scheduled for 6 to 9:30 in downtown Roseburg. About 70 percent of the registered cars come from out of the area.
Hundreds of spectators gather downtown to join the founders of the Graffiti Night Cruise in remembering a simpler time.
Since the first cruise on Harvard, the event has grown into one of Douglas County’s most noteworthy events, chock-full of hot rods, barbecues and other family entertainment known as Graffiti Weekend.
Details are also available online at graffitiweekend.com.