PILOT MOUNTAIN – Lisa and Troy Hoffman, of Archdale, were among the many classic car owners who got busy swabbing the water off their classic vehicle after a brief rain at the Hot Nights Hot Cars cruise-in Saturday evening.
Lisa Hoffman said driving their Chevrolet C-10 home in the rain or on wet roads would make an even bigger mess.
“Now, the roads will dry and you won’t have to wash it when you get home, except to get the bugs off,” she said. “We just come out to have fun. If it rains,” she continued, pausing while her husband finished the sentence.
“We just dry it off,” Troy Huffman said.
Mike Williams, vice chairman of the Mount Pilot Now committee, said the threat of rain in the forecast may have hurt turnout some, but the actual shower that fell around 5 p.m. didn’t scatter the group as it sometimes does.
The band, The Fantastic Shakers, got a bit of a late start due to the rain, but the crowd more than overflowed the various parking areas by the stage.
Williams said the rain drove many spectators into the businesses for shelter. But it didn’t take long before the streets were packed again with folks doing what folks do at cruise-ins.
Chatting between two parked cars, Peggy Hetherington pulled out a photo to show some new friends.
It wasn’t of her grandkids, but rather her blue AMC Javelin, which was parked at home in Giles County, Virginia.
Hetherington had noticed an orange 1972 version owned by Michael Quesenberry, of King, and came by to chat with a fellow Javelin afficianado and to admire his work.
“It looks good,” Hetherington said to Quesenberry, also complimenting the vehicle’s paint color.
“Thank you,” he replied. “It’s good to meet someone else that’s a fan.”
The Javelin used to dominate road races, Quesenberry said, but it’s rare to see them at cruise-ins.
“You don’t see very many of them at all,” Hetherington said. “It’s the forgotten muscle car.”
The pair exchanged details about each of their vehicle’s specs as well as historical lore.
Quesenberry said again he enjoyed meeting a fellow Javelin fan, “especially when you meet someone else who knows what they’re talking about.”
Williams said the event organizers are looking for volunteers to serve on the committee and to help at the cruise-ins with tasks like selling raffle tickets and t-shirts and putting up and breaking down the stage.
“We live here and we want the businesses in Pilot Mountain to be here and have a lasting impact,” he said. “It’s a fun event, all non-profit, it’s all just to help the town. It’s just a lot of fun,” he continued, ” we can definitely use the help from folks interested in seeing the cruise-in continue for years to come.”
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Reach Terri Flagg at 415-4734.