PILOT MOUNTAIN — Hot Nights and Hot Cars Cruise In organizers are planning on giving local enthusiasts a chance to enjoy a pit stop of their own during a racing theme night slated for Friday night.
Spokesman Jerry Venable said “Race Car Friday Night on Main” in Pilot Mountain will be held from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. It will be a closed show where the cars on display will be parked on the street for the public to view.
Venable said the popular open show cruise in returns Saturday, Sept. 6. NASCAR personalityh and dragster racer Don Miller will be bringing a flat head street roadster which set an international speed record at the Bonneville Salt Flats, dragsters from Matco Tools Racing and a look alike or “clone” of the Richard Petty number 43 drag Barracuda will be featured. Race car styles on display will include stadium modified, old and new; drag cars, open modifieds, dirt track, junior dragsters, gassers, street legal and pro street. Mock-Beroth Tires monster truck “Bigfoot” will also be coming to town for the event.
“I think it is going to be a great show,” said Venable. “There will be something for everybody. We thought if we could just get 50 cars it would be a success but there’s going to be a whole lot more than that involved.” While the excitement and fellowship around automobiles remains a cornerstone of the cruise ins, Venable pointed said another benefit of the events is showcasing Pilot Mountain.
“The key is if you go downtown. Foot traffic is important to downtown merchants,” Venable said. “Events like this bring in additional people who are looking in the shops. It’s fun to put on a cruise in, but helping the merchants is a benefit.”
He said Race Car Friday will also be featured on the weekly syndicated radio show “On the Beach with Charlie Brown.”
“We are hoping folks will stay the night after the show Friday,” said Venable. He said Race Car Friday was a natural extension of the well established Saturday cruise ins, which are held in partnership with the Mount Pilot Now Committee. He said response to the cruise ins has been good with the Petty Museum bringing something every month to the events for the past three years.
“We can’t say enough about them doing this for us,” Venable said.”We’d like to see other events downtown to supplement our car shows and Mayfest.” He said the committee is exploring some options but has no definite plans currently on a show to fill this gap. Persons may obtain information on Hot Nights and Hot Cars at the web site: www.hotnightshotcars.com. or at 336-401-6187.
David Broyles may be reached at 336-415-4739 or on Twitter@MtAiryNewsDave.