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Our 20th Anniversary Collage from the center spread of Issue 240 (August, 2014):

Update For August: Every August is special for us here at the magazine, as it was back in August of 1994 that we published our first issue. So this month marks our 28th Anniversary. It is amazing to think that we have been doing it for that long, yet at other times it feels like it was just yesterday. I guess everyone has those feeling sometimes as you get older. What's also interesting for me to think about is that when we started the magazine my dad, Mike Kelly, was 47 years old, while I was just 22 at the time. It occurred to me a few years ago that I am now older than he was back when we first started the magazine (I'm 50 now). It has been a long and fun journey so far, which has certainly been filled with lots of great and lasting memories.

From the beginning my dad and I were partners in starting the business. We both had certain strengths that we brought, and by working together we could make the magazine a reality. I have enjoyed that we have worked successful together for so many years, and I can't tell you the number of times people have commented to us that they admire that we can do that....with their comment usually also includes how they could never work with their father day in and day out. But that's the thing, my dad and I aren't just partners in the magazine, we are each other's best friend. From as far back as I can remember my dad has been a big part of my life, and I always enjoyed that. He coached my baseball teams for probably about 10 years, we drag raced motorcycles together, skied together, went to car shows together long before we started the magazine, and much more.

There have also been many memorable moments associated with publishing the magazine as well. One that we still laugh about sometimes was that when we put our second ever issue out it was overlooked to change the month on the cover, so when we got it back from the printer even though it was the September issue our second magazine still had August in the upper right corner of the cover. We knew that would cause lots of confusion, so along with our friends Rick and May Lance, we all sat at a picnic table and set up an assembly line. One person would mark out the August with a marker, and another would rubber stamp the correct date just above it. Yes, it is safe to say we've had good friends all along the way! Other memories associated with the magazine were hosting our annual Beach Blast car show in Cocoa Beach for 21 years. We certainly still miss hosting it as much as people miss attending it, but at least we have lots of great memories to reflect upon. And we are still making new memories every day!

As always, we look forward to seeing everyone at the various events and cruise-ins. Seeing old friends and meeting new ones are a great part of this hobby. Take care, stay safe.....and we'll see you on the streets!

-Michael B. Kelly

The ever popular Classified section was updated with lots of new additions. The Feature Cars section now includes the 1932 Ford Phaeton Hiboy belonging to Dennis Sammon.

Event coverage in the Volume 28, Issue 334 printed magazine includes:

  • 38th Annual Manatee Car & Truck Show in Homosassa
  • 11th Annual Satellite Beach Lions Car Show
  • Back To The Classics Car Show at Waterford Lakes Town Center in Orlando

Plus the printed magazine also includes Kidd Darrin's "Vintage Point" column about Mistakes To Avoid. The Reyes On Tour photo spotlight features Leland Kolb's aerodynamic Top Fuel Dragster in 1971. Adam Icenogle's illustrated column is about Richard Teague, and as always we have the best Florida upcoming events listings other interesting items.

Most of the updates to our site will come the first couple of weeks of every month, so be sure and check back often....and keep a smile while cruising! CN


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The first issue of Mike Kelly's Cruise News was August of 1994