Cappuccino Cruisers car show honors victims, recalls tragic events of Sept. 11

By: Margaret Snider, Telegraph Correspondent
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The Cappuccino Cruisers weekly car show on Sept. 12 had a very special purpose — to pay tribute to the victims of the Sept. 11 terror attacks. A large volume of guests and classic cars were on hand for the event. A color guard comprising Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), American Legion, and Marine Corps League personnel presented the flags, with a minute of silence for those slaughtered in the events at the World Trade Center 11 years ago. Newspaper stories from the time and lists of those who died were posted in a tribute area on the lot near Red Robin Restaurant on Riley Street in Folsom. Then it was business as usual, but memories lingered as many vowed to never forget. Alan Eldridge of Rescue was there and talked about his 1971 Plymouth Cuda. “They made 5,000-and-change Cudas in 1971 so there probably aren’t a whole lot of those left,” Eldridge said. “So it’s pretty rare from that aspect.” He remembers well where he was at the time of the attack on the World Trade Center. “I was working at home, sitting at my desk, watching my TV while I was doing – I was a salesman – doing all my paperwork, and saw it on TV,” Eldridge said. “And it’s still going on. I watched the news this morning. Just in smaller pieces, but still … the embassy problems and everything else.” Roseville resident Frank Bruegger brought his 1945 Willys Jeep, rebuilt to Army specifications. He said he found the Jeep on a walnut orchard farm in Red Bluff. He’s had it for four years, and for two and a half of those it was in the garage, being restored. Bruegger clearly remembers Sept. 11, 2001. “It seemed as though it was an accident at first when the first plane hit, and you thought, how can that be an accident?” Bruegger said. “I watched the whole thing from there on, down to where the buildings fell. When the second plane hit it, I’m like, something’s wrong here. It was scary.” David Henry, owner of Henry’s Hot Rods in El Dorado Hills, now lives in El Dorado Hills, but in 2001 he was living in Folsom. His wife woke him up because a friend had called and said to turn on the TV. He woke up in time to see the second tower hit. “It was amazing right after that, everybody had a flag on their house, and everybody was buddies, and we weren’t fighting about stupid stuff,” Henry said. “Everybody was American, everybody was buddies, and that’s all we were doing was talking about that, and we were focused. We seem to have lost that. We forgot that. We all say that we’ll never forget. That’s B.S., everybody forgets.”