At Saturday’s cruise-in, the visitors were savages. Or at least a couple of them were.
From Savage, Minnesota, that is.
The suburb south of Minneapolis was easily the farthest distance away for anyone taking part in the August entry of Mayberry Cool Cars & Rods Cruise-In Saturday.
Jennie Lowry, a Downtown Business Association official, said folks from all over the area signed the event’s registration book. Locations included Walkertown, Germanton, Winston-Salem, East Bend, Mooresville, Lexington and Raleigh as well as Pulaski and Roanoke in Virginia.
Last month, DBA President Phil Marsh said the participation was close to a record at about 250 cars. This weekend was likely just as close, Marsh said, before having a chance to look at all the registrations.
And that doesn’t include all the classic cars that didn’t park downtown, but just drove through to check everyone out, he noted.
Then there were all the people drawn downtown to gaze at all the lovelies, parking on side streets and adjacent parking lots.
The participation was helped by the weather being cooperative, said Lowry.
While hot at the 4 p.m. start, the temperature dropped with the lowering sun, and there were no scattered showers.
The theme for the cruise-in was “Be true to your school,” which stressed campus pride as well as the need to help a couple of nearby school programs.
Lowry said food items were collected to benefit the Hungry Bears program for Mount Airy City Schools and a similar backpack program at Flat Rock Elementary. The donated items are sent home with students to ensure they have enough to eat when away from school along with food-assistance programs in school cafeterias.
Items will continue to be collected for the rest of this week before delivery to the schools as classes begin next Monday.
She said some folks provided cash donations instead of food items, and those would be passed along as well.
At the end of the day, the DBA gave out two awards.
The Ladies’ Choice Award for August went to a 1957 Chevy Bel Air owned by Robert Stains of Summerfield.
The Cool Ride of the Month Award went to Mount Airy’s own Mark Branch for his 1951 Dodge pickup.
The next monthly cruise-in will be Sept. 16, with a theme as the all-request music day. Folks can pick whatever song they want to hear from any era between the 1950s to the 1980s.
There were a lot of song requests this weekend, too, said Lowry.
The last cruise-in of the year will be Oct. 21.
Reach Jeff at 415-4692.