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Photo Gallery: Saturday Casper Cruise packs parking lots on CY Ave.

Keshia Brinkerhoff sings the National Anthem before the weekly Saturday Casper Cruise on Saturday, April 25, 2020. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. – Connor Waltermath meticulously polished new wheels on his truck on Saturday evening.

The ritual shining up a vehicle and cruising local streets is a decades-old American tradition.

This one, however, is different for a variety of reasons.

There is a global pandemic, after all.

Also, Connor’s truck is a 1983 Ford and the new wheels are GMC. They were gifted to him. The truck proudly wears it’s work scars earned over 300,000 miles.

Connor Waltermath polishes new wheels on his truck before the start of the Saturday Casper Cruise on April 22. His mother, Tammy Waltermath, is reflected in the mirror. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Connor’s rugged old truck will join hundreds of cars ranging from meticulously restored classics to KIA SUVs, and even an ATV or two.

Connor was among hundreds who packed the parking lot at Galloway’s Irish Pub and El Mark-O Lanes for the third Saturday Casper Cruise event on Saturday, April 26.

The event was organized by Casper couple Jeremy and Courtney Faust, and has become so popular that cars overflowed to surrounding lots and into area side streets.

“Everybody’s cooped up, everyone is on edge, it just gives you something to look forward to at the end of the week and get out on Saturday,” Courtney told Oil City News last week.

The idea is to allow people to gather while obeying coronavirus health recommendations by staying safely in their vehicles. While many people did just that, many others walked the packed parking lot.

The CDC recommends a minimum of 6 feet distance between people, and the use of a face mask to reduce spread from potentially asymptomatic carriers of the disease.

A moment of silence was observed for Jeff Alan Baltezore, who was a well known local car enthusiast and friend of Jeremy. Baltezore, who was ill and couldn’t attend the previous cruises, died last week at his home. Saturday’s cruise was dedicated to his memory.

After the singing of the National Anthem, hundreds of vehicles started up and made their way down CY Ave. The cruise snaked through Casper throughout the evening.

Photos by Dan Cepeda, Oil City News