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A high school varsity soccer player’s love for boating gave new meaning to a homecoming parade. Click image for full frame.

Being in the automotive parts and accessories business, Brian Buckminster of Siloam Springs, Ark., has access to a lot of cool cars. But when he asked his daughter, Brooklyn, a 17-year-old senior at Siloam Springs High School, what she’d like to ride in for last Friday evening’s homecoming game against local rival Van Buren High School, she opted for something different. She asked her father if she could ride in the family’s 1989 Cigarette Bullet sportboat.

And so, towed by a truck, the vintage 31-footer—restored to perfection by ace Cigarette restoration man Dustin Carter—carried Brooklyn Buckminster and senior football player Issac Knudsen in the parade.

“I have always been around boats with my family,” said Brooklyn Buckminster, who heads to Rogers State University in Oklahoma next fall on a soccer scholarship. “I thought, why not do something different? My dad works in cars and stuff. I told him I had this idea, and he thought it was really cool.”

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For Brooklyn Buckminster and Issac Knudsen, the thrill of moment was matched by the journey to it.

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