Classic cars in abundance Saturday

By Dean Palmer - Special to the News
While attendance was down, there were still an abundance of classic vehicles on hand for car enthusiasts to check out. - Dean Palmer | Special to the News
With the afternoon sun bearing down, the dance floor remained mostly empty as beach music listeners filled the shaded spaces under nearby trees to hear the Blackwater Rhythm and Blues Band. - Dean Palmer | Special to the News
Sidewalk and sidewalk vendors remained busy throughout the afternoon and early evening as visitors enjoyed snacks and conversation while checking out the classic autos lining Main Street. - Dean Palmer | Special to the News

While crowds were down for Saturday’s Hot Nights and Hot Cars September Cruise-in in Pilot Mountain, those in attendance were able to enjoy a good number of classic cars and some lively beach music.

Organizers noted the oppressive late summer heat as well as the absence of those traveling for the three-day holiday weekend as primary suspects for the drop in attendance.

Plenty of classic vehicles still made their way through the downtown area and cruise-in regulars were quick to find seats along Main Street to watch and enjoy conversation.

Beach music lovers were treated to the sounds of the 2016 Carolina Beach Music Awards Group of the Year, The Blackwater Rhythm and Blues Band.

The cruise-in series will draw to a close next month with the final event to be held Oct. 6. The featured band for the evening will be The North Tower Band.

According to Jerry Venable, a primary organizer of Summer Cruise-in Series events, an October “Race Car Friday Night” show will not be held this year.

The closed street event has been a regular feature in recent years but has been canceled this season due to a decline in participation.

While attendance was down, there were still an abundance of classic vehicles on hand for car enthusiasts to check out.
https://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/web1_DSC07865.jpgWhile attendance was down, there were still an abundance of classic vehicles on hand for car enthusiasts to check out. Dean Palmer | Special to the News

With the afternoon sun bearing down, the dance floor remained mostly empty as beach music listeners filled the shaded spaces under nearby trees to hear the Blackwater Rhythm and Blues Band.
https://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/web1_DSC07871.jpgWith the afternoon sun bearing down, the dance floor remained mostly empty as beach music listeners filled the shaded spaces under nearby trees to hear the Blackwater Rhythm and Blues Band. Dean Palmer | Special to the News

Sidewalk and sidewalk vendors remained busy throughout the afternoon and early evening as visitors enjoyed snacks and conversation while checking out the classic autos lining Main Street.
https://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/web1_DSC07860.jpgSidewalk and sidewalk vendors remained busy throughout the afternoon and early evening as visitors enjoyed snacks and conversation while checking out the classic autos lining Main Street. Dean Palmer | Special to the News

By Dean Palmer

Special to the News