18th All Deuce Run – Henry Steel and Highways
If 1932 Fords are your thing, the 18th All Deuce Run in North Carolina gave you all the deuce glory you could handle.
While the ‘32 Ford was only a single production year, it made an immense impact on the hot rod world dating back to the very day it was set loose on America’s roads. Was it the V8 power plant that made it so popular, or it’s simple styling that lends itself to so many different build styles? We see ‘em traditional 40s style, 50s and 60s hot rod style, resto rod 70s style or even the smoothed out street rods of the 80s, 90s and new millennium. Whatever it is that has kept the ‘32 going throughout the years, there’s always a crowd looking for an excuse to get them out and drive them.
The 18th All Deuce Run is just one such excuse that rolls around every June. This is not a huge event, but the 30 to 40 cars come from all over to join in on this single day cruise through the mountains of North Carolina. Owners are as varied as the cars that show up.
The singular rule for this crowd is that it has to be a 1932 Ford, Henry steel to fiberglass bodies welcome. Every year we have a pretty diverse crowd, though I can’t say we have ever had all 14 main ’32 body styles represented.
The route may change from year to year, but the starting spot and destination remain the same. Cornelius, NC, which lays right between Charlotte and Mooresville, is the jump off point for the cruise.
It’s just a huge parking lot but it has a gas station and remains fairly easy to get a large group of cars out at once and remain together, along with some help from the local police. From there the group passes through a few small towns while making our way along some scenic two lane roads leading to our final destination of Blowing Rock and the Blue Ridge Parkway.
After a few stops along some scenic vistas and overpasses we head into town, have lunch and catch up on each other’s daily lives. Everyone is on their own at that point. Some take advantage of the weekend and hang around Blowing Rock, while others head back the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
It’s really a low key event but a great way to put some more miles on a ‘32. And the weather couldn’t have been better this year with sun, 80-degree temperatures and those signature puffy white clouds. The 18th All Deuce run delivered!