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It’s cruisin’ time

After dozens of serious-minded comments posted in recent days, Ed Lapham’s column on what vehicles might participate in future Detroit Cruises puts writers in a light-hearted mood.

Several can’t resist making suggestions to Lapham’s closing question, “So which cars will be tomorrow’s cruisers?”

One starts with a list of Detroit iron: 1996 Chevy Impala SS, 1999 supercharged Buick Riviera, 2007 Chevy Monte Carlo SS, 2008 Dodge Charger, 2009 Ford Flex and 2010 Chevy Camaro.

Porsche356supersport nominates the current Ford Mustang, but adds: “I doubt you will see a Prius on the Woodward Cruise in 2016.”

237295 is certain at least one DeLorean will be cruised, however rusty it may be under its stainless-steel skin.

Another writer suggests 1995 to 1997 Jaguar XJ and XJS models from what he called a “golden age” of Ford build standards and British styling, adding: “These are not horrible cars to work on and truly satisfying from an esthetic standpoint.”

Others see substantial change in future cruisers. ACAR expects “lots of interesting exterior variations as composites make customization cheaper and easier” and speculates that expensive sound systems “may replace V-8 rumble.”

Another writer adds that yesterday’s open hoods to show off engine modifications is morphing to open trunks displaying huge stereos.

The writer predicts “composite cars skins with THUMPIN bass.”

A reminder

A post from Robert Trotta boldly declares he doesn’t need an alias and anybody is welcome to see his name attached to anything he says. We welcome both his candor and his comments.

However, I repeat what I have been saying about using a handle instead of your full name for your online comments. Some writers may be more comfortable not having their bosses, colleagues or customers knowing who they are in an industry-wide forum. There is a spot on each individual’s online profile for a handle. Do whatever makes you comfortable.

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