Horseless Carriage event draws hundreds to Main Street


First Posted: 7/24/2009

Nothing is unusual about having cars on Main Street, but when the cars were all built before 1927, it tends to draw a crowd.
The N.C. Regional Group of the Horseless Carriage Club of America Touring N.C. Foothills group showed off more than 50 cars on Main Street Friday for four hours. Both young and old seemed to be fascinated with the cars that ranged from Cadillacs, to Fords and Pontiacs, and even a Stanley Steamer.
David and Wanda Smith, from Jacksonville, Fla., said they were enjoying their visit to Mount Airy on the groups 58th annual tour, which takes place each year the third week of July. Smith said the group trailers the cars, but drives them 100 miles a day during the tour. Unfortunately, his 1926 Touring car lost a tire and had to be trailered for the last half of the event.
Weve had a great time here. There is such beautiful scenery here and we love the mountains, Wanda Smith said.
The Smiths said Brian and Trish White of Apex chose this area to have its tour this year. The group is staying in Dobson, but have traveled to Pilot Mountain and Mount Airy twice while they were here. They made a stop at RidgeCrest Retirement and Assisted Living Community on Monday. The group had its annual banquet at Cody Creek Friday night.
David Royal and his wife showed off their 1920 Model T Roadster. He said he got his hair cut at Floyds Barber Shop. They said the group has also visited the quarry and N.C. Granite Corp. and went on a trip to Kernersville.
In order to participate in this club, theres no drinking, and no foul talking is allowed, Royal said.
Stephen and Nicole Jones had a good time checking out the cars. She said she is in Dobson doing her internship at Fairview United Methodist Church from Duke Divinity School. She and her husband had come to town without prior knowledge of the antique car show.
This is our first time to Mount Airy. Its pretty cool. We ate at Snappy Lunch for lunch and went in Opies Candy Store, she said.
Bryan Motor McMillian of Mount Airy stopped to talk to Bryan Cruickshank about his 1924 Model T Ford. McMillian said he has a 1940 Ford and has been a car enthusiast for a long time.
The Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce Director of Tourism Jessica Icenhour said the groups visit to Mount Airy was good for business.
The Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Development Authority had a fantastic time hosting the Horseless Carriage tour. The visitors were excited to see the selection of things to see and do including viewing the antique cars or even taking a ride in a wagon with the mules that were offered on Main Street. Many of the stores in the downtown area and restaurants were full of those not only who came to see the cars but those who were participating in the event, Icenhour said.
She said the Buick Driving Enthusiasts will be coming to town on Sept. 17. She said they will be blocking of Main Street for that group as well.
Contact Mondee Tilley at [email protected] or at 719-1930.

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