Mount Pilot Now, organizers of the Hot Nights and Hot Cars cruise-in series, will kick off its last weekend of the year by hosting a Race Car Friday Night on Main event.
Main Street parking will be reserved exclusively for race cars which will be on display throughout the Friday evening closed-street show. According to Mount Pilot Now representative Jerry Venable, Main Street will be closed to traffic beginning at 5 p.m.
Several downtown parking lots will be made available for trailers from which participating race cars can be unloaded. Transport vehicles and trailers are asked to arrive by 4:30 in order to allow ample time for the unloading of cars. And with the Cardinal football team on the road, the East Surry High School parking lot should also be available for the unloading of trailers.
Beginning at 5:30, participating race cars may be parked along Main Street where spectators will have the opportunity to look over the vehicles and talk to owners and drivers. The show is scheduled to continue through 9:30 p.m.
The show is open to all types of cars from dirt, drag and stadium racing, including drag cars, open wheel modifieds, old and new stadium modifieds, street legal, pro street, road course, pro-mod and gassers.
After debuting in 2014, last year’s show was rained out.
“We’re looking for a good number and a good assortment of cars,” Venable noted. “For our first year we had mostly drag cars, but this year we should see some stadium cars, modifieds, dirt track cars and legalized street race cars.”
Among the vehicles expected is a Pro-Modified Mercury Comet owned by the late drag racing legend Ronnie “The Boss” Sox and a 1964 “Atwater Ford” Thunderbolt. During his career, Ronnie Sox claimed five National Hot Rod Association championships while winning 46 national events.
“And several original cars that have been drag raced should be on hand,” Venable said, “along with other big name cars. The weather is looking good and we’ve had several car owners contact us, wanting to come.”
“But this isn’t a classic car show,” he continued. “It’s for race cars and that’s what sets us apart.”
Classic vehicles should be out in large numbers on Saturday, however, for the season’s final cruise-in.
Along with its regular features, the Saturday event will feature a Depot Street performance by North Tower.
Among those performing in the Raleigh band’s legendary line-up is trumpet player Johnny Hopkins. Over his four decades of entertaining, Hopkins has been a founding member of The Villagers, played with the Embers and is a member of the Beach Music Hall of Fame.
According to Venable, $1,115 was taken in for the September 50/50 drawing and hopes are high that the number will be exceeded for October. A limited number of 2016 event t-shirts remain and will be available while supplies last on Friday evening and Saturday.
“We’re looking to close out the year with a great weekend,” Venable said.