PHOENIX -- The front tire of Matthew Salyers' Jeep Cherokee is completely off the ground resting on the tire of the vehicle next to it. The LetzRoll Offroad Racing driver meant to do this, proudly displaying his vehicle at the 2013 Cruise on Central Car Show in Phoenix.
“This isn’t really necessarily my scene,” said Salyers. “It is a jeep Cherokee, it’s built for off-roading and going fast so I wouldn’t come out here with these classics."
Hot rods, muscle cars, custom cars, and classics lined the parking lot, making Salyers’ 4634 “Team M.A.D” LetzRoll Offroad Racing Cherokee Club car a bit out of the ordinary, but Salyers was at home among other car owners.
“It’s a chance for all of us to come out here and showcase all of our hard work and time invested.”
And Salyers has invested quite a bit into his jeep.
"Practically everything is replaced I think the only thing that's still stock are the headlights and even those are falling out," he said. "We've replaced the axles, the suspension, added a full roll cage and seats and harnesses for safety. Anything that is usually a weak link in the vehicle, we've identified it and we've either strengthened it or we replaced it to make it better so we can run solid races and so far we've been doing that."
Salyers was among hundreds of car fanatics and his jeep attracted attention for both its look and the way it was displayed.
“Everybody’s been very perceptive of who we are and what we’re doing,” Salyers said. “These cars are built to climb over rocks and boulders that are the size of some of these small cars so a lot of people have been coming over here and admiring what these vehicles can do just in a parking lot of parking on top of each other.”
There was plenty to explore at the car show. A GhostBusters-themed car, a toaster car, and plenty of classics sat on display. For some people the cars were just one of many attractions the event provided.
“Cars, weather, beer, women…just a good time, have fun.” said Steve Burrell.
The event lasted through Saturday afternoon, bringing out car owners and lovers to celebrate the hundreds of cars that rolled through and sat on display.
Cruise on Central is hosted by Nancy Perry Productions.