It was a chilly Saturday morning for a car show, but neither the participants nor the spectators minded much.
More than two dozen classic cars cruised by Oak Landing Assisted Living in Attalla recently to put on a display for residents who have had limited activities because of concerns over COVID-19.
“The residents have just been stuck inside for so long that I was trying to think of something,” said Rhonda Hood, who has done work for Oak Landing for the past decade.
Inspired by Facebook posts showing people having small processions through neighborhoods around the country, Hood started talking to Anita Brooks, Penny White and other friends in the Rainbow City Hot Rod Club.
The organizers also reached out to other classic car groups in neighboring counties.
They had to postpone their plans for a week because of heavy rains, but when the drive-thru show finally happened, they had about 24 cars participating.
“We ended up with double what we expected,” Hood said. “We were very pleased.”
Some of the Oak Landing residents bundled up with blankets and coats and sat outside to enjoy the procession, but others stayed inside and watched through the windows.
Hood said everyone picked their favorite cars, and a few got to take pictures beside them.
“We thought it would be cool with the old cars and things from their past that the residents had growing up,” she said.
The event was successful enough that follow-up plans are being discussed.
Hood said they may try to work out visits to other facilities or even take things on the road.
She said some members of the hot rod club have been talking to another club in Tuscaloosa, and they may work out plans to pick three or four locations close together and spend one Saturday a month driving through those places.