Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Cruisin’ in red, Part II from Faribault Car Cruise Night June 24, 2020

A 1957 Chevrolet.


WHEN I PHOTOGRAPH car shows, I find myself drawn to red vehicles.


A hot rod.


For one, the color red pops in photos.



But, I’m also wondering if red cars are more common? Is that why, when I scroll through frames from the June 19 Faribault Car Cruise Night, that I notice lots of red vehicles in my photos.


Ford Fairlane.


Red cars.

Mid-60s Chevy pick-up truck.


Red trucks.



Even red Harley Davidson motorcycles. Bikes ended the parade.


Ford Mustang.


When I think of a red vehicle, I think of speed. And being a bit show-offy.



Mid 1960s Ford Mustang.



I think of youth. Although that’s not necessarily accurate. How many guys have purchased red cars during the stereotypical mid-life crisis? Maybe you don’t want to answer that question. Red, I suppose, looks good on anyone, no matter their age.


Camaro Super Sport.


Red seems an attention-grabbing hue. A good color choice for on-the-road visibility.



Whether a vehicle is fire-engine red or a shade muting more to maroon, the undertones will always catch my eye. There’s just something about red…


1962 Chevrolet.


TELL ME: Have you ever owned, or do you own, a red vehicle or shade thereof? What’s your color preference in a vehicle? And why?

© Copyright 2020 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


12 Responses to “Cruisin’ in red, Part II from Faribault Car Cruise Night”

  1. Loving your cruise posts 🙂 The craziest color car we had growing up was a purple Impala. CravesDad is a burgundy car fan as well as CravesBrotherInLaw a red truck fan. Happy Day – Enjoy!

  2. valeriebollinger Says:

    We currently have a red car and I like it!
    My mom had a red car too, and she painted her garage red…she found the paint in the cheap, cheap bin.
    Red was her color for sure, and her name was Ruby.

  3. Gunny Says:

    You have Godfather’s Pizza!!!!!!!!!!!!! Lucky folks! Love the cars, but I only have money enough for pizza and believe me, I would stop at Godfather’s!

  4. Sandra Van Erp Says:

    Great series, Audrey! I watched the videos, you have really captured the cruise spirit….and the FUN cars. Ford Fairlane, oh my, been so long since Ford, Chevy, Chrysler were household words. Basilleo’s. If they ever move or close, finding 4th St. will be impossible – oh, wait! the police are just up the block now. I’ve driven 7 cars, the first being the green ’51 Nash Ambassador stick shift, got my license in that. (That Nash owner must have stayed home this month.) Have actually made a spreadsheet as at my age, one hates those nagging questions that pop into one’s mind…”now what did I drive when?”. 2 were red, including the current VW Golf. Daughter’s have each had 2 red. I think car companies make more red than other colors. Be an interesting stat to know. I know VW markets more colors to different countries. Since ’77 I’ve owned 2 Golf’s now, one picks up such trivia. Love the pics, thank you!

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