Cars line the streets of Old Town Eureka today during the 26th annual Cruz’n Eureka car show organized by the Boys & Girls Club of the Redwoods. (Sonia Waraich — The Times-Standard)
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After the auto expo in Fortuna during the summer, car enthusiasts had another chance to indulge in their passion for engine and automobiles — this time in Eureka.

Hundreds came out today to check out cars and local vendors at the Boys & Girls Club of the Redwoods’ 26th annual Cruz’n Eureka. The event is put on annually to raise money for local youth.

Tim Harkins of Eureka said he tries to make it out to the event every year and enjoys working on cars, though he said a project he was working on “kind of got away from” him.

“I was here last night for the cruise and I saw some of them go by,” Harkins said. “I thought I’d come and see them when they’re sitting still so I could get a better look at them.”

He said he was particularly enamored with an old turquoise Ford Galaxie at the show.

Carl Mueller, volunteer with the Timber Heritage Association, was at the car show with the association’s 1949 Flathead V-8-powered crew car, which he said was a maintenance of way vehicle they were planning on restoring.

“It’ll run,” Mueller said. “But it needs a lot of TLC.”

Mueller pointed out the rotted wood and said it would take about a year to restore the entire car. Still, that didn’t hinder its popularity at the car show.

“Just about everybody who looks at the engines goes, ‘Oh, a Flathead V-8,’” Mueller said. “All these guys are very much into old engines and tell me a lot more about the engine than I know.”

Personally, Mueller said he was a fan of the Volkswagen cars.

John Eyeler, of Eureka, speaks about his admiration of the souped up Buicks at the 26th annual Cruz’n Eureka car show today in Old Town Eureka. (Sonia Waraich — The Times-Standard)

John Eyeler of Eureka said he enjoyed looking at the cars and it was a hard to pick out any favorites, though he said the Buicks at the show were beautiful.

“You’ve gotta be a millionaire to get one of those together,” he said.

It’s nice to have a car show in Eureka, Eyeler said.

“There’s only one bigger and that’s the one they have in Fortuna,” Eyeler said.

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