Rudy Rudebaugh spent 25 years looking for the right car.
He found it nine years ago: A 1969 Chevelle that had one owner – the woman who bought it the year it was made.
The gold Chevelle has its original interior and AM radio. Except for adding a little chrome under the hood, Rudebaugh has spent most of his time just enjoying the ride.
The owner of Athol’s Victory Auto Parts joined a half-dozen of his friends – fellow classic-car enthusiasts – in Friday night’s Car d’Lane Cruise in downtown Coeur d’Alene. About 2,000 cars were expected to participate.
Today his car will be parked alongside Sherman Avenue for the 16th annual Car d’Lane Classic Car Show, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. A street dance will begin at 7 p.m.
All cars in the free show were made before 1979.
More information is at www.cdadowntown.com.
Other free activities across the Inland Northwest this weekend:
•Pride Parade and Rainbow Festival: Three grand marshals will head the Pride Parade from noon to 1 p.m. today. Staging begins at 11 a.m. on the pedestrian walk on Wall Street between Main Avenue and Spokane Falls Boulevard. Presented by OutSpokane, which advocates for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning and allied citizens.
•Fairfield’s Flag Day Celebration: Celebrating Flag Day since 1910. The day starts with a fun run at 8 a.m. today, a kids’ parade at 10:30 a.m., grand parade at 11 a.m., and various events, food and live music until 4 p.m. Head south on Highway 27 to Fairfield, then turn left on Main. Most events are free.
•Big Back-In Mower Street Races: 11 a.m. Sunday, Spirit Lake, Idaho. Organizer Marc Kroetch said the annual event is a fundraiser for community programs and park projects. It features souped-up lawnmowers, including a return of a crowd favorite, the Mowertician, a mower that doubles as a hearse. Spectators can enjoy the races on Maine Street for free.