Red Rockers roll onto Main Street

By Keith Strange

June 20, 2014

They had names like Peerless. Lewis. Locomobile.

Vintage cars, and we do mean vintage, from across the country converged on Mount Airy’s Main Street Friday afternoon as the two-dozen or so members of the Red Rockers Car Club ended a three-week tour in the city.

The group has been on the road in their 100-year-old cars since June 1, traveling a six-state region that included West Virginia, Kentucky, Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia and, of course, North Carolina.

Group member George Haley, of Illinois, who drove his 1913 Peerless to the city, said the group plans an outing every other year.

“We get together every other year and plan a trip, and this year one of our members from Massachusetts suggested we come to this area of the country,” Haley said, noting that many of their trips are “out west.”

While Haley said the area is beautiful, he laughed when asked about driving the Blue Ridge.

“It’s hard to drive these cars out here,” he said. “They only have brakes on the back, and they don’t do very well on hills.”

This year’s trip began with 29 cars, but nine of them broke down during the trip, Haley added.

Phil Marsh, who organized the gathering, said he was contacted recently about the group coming to town.

“One of their members visited Mount Airy several years ago and he called me and said he wanted to bring them back,” Marsh said.

He looked at the cars.

“We’re glad to have them,” he said.

Keith Strange can be reached at 336-719-1929 or via Twitter @strangereporter.