PILOT MOUNTAIN — Pilot Mountain’s last Hot Nights, Hot Cars cruise-in of the season will be a two-day affair. On October 2 the show will have a race car theme. October 3 will be all open to all classic cars.
The Friday event will run from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. with the street closed to traffic other than race cars beginning at 5 p.m. Race car night is open to all kinds of race cars including drag cars, open wheel modified, street legal, pro street, pro-mod, gasser, dirt track, and road course cars. “We wanted to wait until the race season was over to have more race cars participate,” said Jerry Venable, event chairman.
According to Venable, an early era Ronnie Sox drag race car will be on display. Driving drag races in the 60s and pro stock car races for the next three decades, Sox won 46 national events and five world championships. He has been inducted into seven racing halls of fame.
Mike Boyles, world champion driver from King, NC, is also expected to be on-site. His ‘57 Chevy wagon helped Boyles win eight world championships and 22 national event victories.
Noting that only a few shows do a special focus on race cars, Venable said, “in my eyes, all these cars are special.”
On Saturday the cruise-in lasts from 3 to 9:30 p.m. Venable recommends arriving early for street parking. Anyone coming to view the cars, but not show a car, is invited to take advantage of the free trolley service from the PART park and ride lots on Key Street. Trailer parking is available at East Surry High School.
Part Time Party Time Band will take the stage starting at 5:30 p.m. With nine musicians, the band has been entertaining audiences throughout the southeast since 1980. The group became members of the Carolina Beach Music Hall of Fame in 2013.
Mount Pilot Now has been hosting Pilot Mountain cruise-ins with music for over ten years. The completely volunteer organization coordinates music, vendors, sponsors, and public safety to make the events possible. With a committee of nine, Venable mentioned, “we are always looking for more good volunteers.”
Tickets for a 50/50 raffle will be on sale throughout the event. According to Venable, last months winner took home $980. T-shirts, available in seven colors, will be offered at a discount for the end of the season.
“The main thing is to bring people to town,” said Venable, explaining that the monthly events bring customers to many area businesses. A family friendly event, the cruise-ins appeal to car enthusiasts, music lovers, and anyone looking for a touch of nostalgia.
According to Venable, the music line-up for the entire next season has already been booked. “We take off about a month at the end of the season, but then we are right back to planning,” said Venable. Some ideas for next year include highlighting different makes, adding a swap meet, and additional food.
More information about the event can be found at: www.hotnightshotcars.com.
Diane Blakemore may be reached at 336-368-2222 or on twitter @PilotReporter.