Call it a classic case of Murphy's Law or the Rule of the Driveway Car Wash or the Ancient Vow of the Vehicle Buff-Up: If you shine and polish your vehicle to its chrome-brightest, storm clouds will immediately gather overhead. Then: whoosh. Then: wetness. Then: Your car clean up was all for naught.
This all-too-common scenario arrived with a soggy and disappointing twist on Saturday, July 18 when the oh-so-well-attended, thousands-go Glendale Cruise met a whole bucketful of rain, as did most of the Southland.
The mega moist upshot? Lightening-and-thunder-filled skies meant there'd be no strolling-and-looking for car-loving lookie-loos. And all of the washing and buffing on behalf of the retro autos' owners was ultimately not needed.
Those first rain speckles speckling a newly shiny hood always elicit a sigh, don't they?
But keep those rags and buckets and special foaming cleaners handy, car people: The Glendale Cruise has been rescheduled, for the last Saturday in August, says the city.
That's Saturday, Aug. 29, which is not Labor Day Weekend but the weekend before. You'll be in town, right? Good.
For many, many fans will still turn out in fender-loving force to admire the nearly "400 Pre-1980 cars" that go on impressive display along Brand Boulevard. The happening lasts five hours, into the deep evening, so yes, you can see them all, or a lot of them, if you commit yourself to the full night.
Fireworks and live tunes will round out the 22 annual Glendale Cruise, one of the biggest car shows in all the land.
But will the lightening take the night off? Here's hoping the morning buff-ups of all those pretty autos last at least into the late Saturday twilight.