Cruise-in season already in overdrive


By Terri Flagg - [email protected]



Classic cars cruise past parked classics on Main Street at the first Mayberry Cool Cars and Rods Cruise-In held Saturday downtown.


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Brian and Virginia Miller are photographed next to their northern dirt racer, which is a tribute car in honor of Virginia Miller's father.


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Ronnie Walkers and Jerry Butner, of King, pass out bubble gum next to Butner's classic Chevrolet at the Mayberry Cool Cars and Rods Cruise-In on Saturday.


Terri Flagg | The News

Robert Brindle is photographed next to his restored Chevy pickup.


Terri Flagg | The News

Chip Bondurant, of Mount Airy, drives his 1967 Ford Mustang on to Main Street for the cruise-in Saturday.


Terri Flagg | The News

The first Mayberry Cool Cars and Rods Cruise-In of the 2016 summer season drew a crowd of that exceeded expectations on Saturday.

The monthly cruise-ins presented by the Downtown Business Association features a gathering of classic and vintage vehicles on the third Saturday of the month, all parking along Main Street for everyone’s enjoyment

“We’ve got the whole street full and side streets as well, and lots of people cruising up and down the road,” said Dock Merritt, a downtown business owner and association member.

“There are a lot of new cars I haven’t seen here before,” he said. “Hopefully this is going to be the beginning of a good cruise-in summer.”

Chip Bondurant, of Mount Airy, also noted the auspicious start to the season, rolling on to Main Street in his red 1967 Ford Mustang.

“This is the biggest one I’ve been to in four, five years,” he said. “It’s a great turnout.”

Robert Brindle, owner of a 1937 Chevy pickup and organizer of the Dobson cruise-ins, agreed.

“It’s the biggest crowd I’ve ever seen,” he said, glad that the season had finally kicked off. “We’ve been waiting for it all spring.”

Within the crowd, some northern transplants bonded over a shared interest in a particular stock car, the northern dirt modified.

Brian Miller, of Cana, Virginia, brought his version of the racing car to the cruise-in Saturday, which he had rebuilt in tribute to his father-in-law.

The car drew the attention of Ray Samson, of Ithaca, New York, who recently purchased a home in Mount Airy.

“The guy’s like a magnet to me today,” Miller said of Samson.

“He drove by and I said, ‘Don’t go away, I have got to see that car,’” Samson said. “I used to race these back home.”

The father of Miller’s wife, Virginia, used to race them too, back home in Flemington, New Jersey, as did Brian Miller’s father.

That’s how the couple met.

“I’ve known her since I was 7,” Brian Miller said. “My father and father-in-law used to race together. We knew each other from the races.”

Thought they only bring out one vehicle at a time, Miller also has a tribute car in honor of his own father, and Virginia Miller’s brother.

“Three generations, three tribute cars,” Miller said.

Next month’s cruise-in is scheduled for July 16 and will feature a beach theme. A new addition will be a reserved area for vintage motorcycles located in the parking lot behind the gazebo area on Main Street, Merritt said.

Classic cars cruise past parked classics on Main Street at the first Mayberry Cool Cars and Rods Cruise-In held Saturday downtown.
http://mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_160618_CruiseIn-R1-1.jpgClassic cars cruise past parked classics on Main Street at the first Mayberry Cool Cars and Rods Cruise-In held Saturday downtown. Terri Flagg | The News

Brian and Virginia Miller are photographed next to their northern dirt racer, which is a tribute car in honor of Virginia Miller’s father.
http://mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_160618_CruiseIn-R2-1.jpgBrian and Virginia Miller are photographed next to their northern dirt racer, which is a tribute car in honor of Virginia Miller’s father. Terri Flagg | The News

Ronnie Walkers and Jerry Butner, of King, pass out bubble gum next to Butner’s classic Chevrolet at the Mayberry Cool Cars and Rods Cruise-In on Saturday.
http://mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_160618_CruiseIn-R3-1.jpgRonnie Walkers and Jerry Butner, of King, pass out bubble gum next to Butner’s classic Chevrolet at the Mayberry Cool Cars and Rods Cruise-In on Saturday. Terri Flagg | The News

Robert Brindle is photographed next to his restored Chevy pickup.
http://mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_160618_CruiseIn-R4-1.jpgRobert Brindle is photographed next to his restored Chevy pickup. Terri Flagg | The News

Chip Bondurant, of Mount Airy, drives his 1967 Ford Mustang on to Main Street for the cruise-in Saturday.
http://mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_160618_CruiseIn-R5-1.jpgChip Bondurant, of Mount Airy, drives his 1967 Ford Mustang on to Main Street for the cruise-in Saturday.Terri Flagg | The News

By Terri Flagg

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Reach Terri Flagg at 415-4734.

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