DOBSON — “Once they come, they usually come back,” said Dobson cruise-in organizer Robert Brindle.
Brindle said Dobson’s cruise-in offers a nice place to sit — the lawn of the county’s historic courthouse — for car owners and those looking to catch a glimpse of a few classics.
Saturday’s cruise-in was the third of the season, said Brindle. About 150 cars, trucks and other automobiles lined the streets around the courthouse. The cruise-in begins at 2 p.m. on the second Saturday of every month, beginning in March and ending in September.
Brindle said Saturday’s showing falls short of the 300 cars which showed up for the March event. However, it’s far more than the number which turned out on the cold and windy day in April.
Brindle said the monthly gathering attracts car owners from as far away as Charlotte, and most return after attending one event. Many of the same car owners attend monthly cruise-ins in Mount Airy and Pilot Mountain as well.
A lot depends on the weather, said Brindle and Clay Honeycutt, who organizes a Cruise-in for Christ.
“When you have a car worth $60,000 or $70,000, if there’s rain it doesn’t come out of the garage,” said Honeycutt.
The sun was shining Saturday, which made the good turn-out possible. Car owners such as Darren Grey flocked to the event.
Grey had multiple Ford Mustangs on display, including a blue ‘68 he highlighted. He’s only the third owner of the car, which was originally purchased from a Winston-Salem dealership in 1967.
Brindle said the monthly show includes much more than just cars. A DJ is always at the event, though some months a live band provides entertainment. There’s also a food stand and opportunities to take part in raffles for items donated by local businesses and residents.
All proceeds from the event are dispersed among Surry County’s “needy,” according Brindle. The group locates people in need and tries to give them a helping hand, but all money remains local.
Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.