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Race cars, classics fill Pilot Mountain

Pilot Mountain’s final cruise-in weekend of the summer got off to an early start Friday evening with a closed street event dubbed “Race Car Friday Night on Main.”

The downtown area of Main Street was closed to traffic as a wide assortment of race cars were parked for display. A large number of fans were on hand to examine cars and talk to owners and drivers throughout the evening.

Cars from a wide variety of styles and classes of racing were on display, ranging from retired classics to vehicles straight from the track, still bearing the dents and scratches of competition. When not chatting with fans, owners gathered among themselves to swap racing stories, obviously enjoying the camaraderie among peers.

“I think it’s great,” noted Tom Ball of High Point, who was on hand with his ’56 Chevy station wagon drag racer. “It’s good to see all these cars and it gives the people who don’t come out to the tracks a chance to see and enjoy them up close. And it’s fun for us to get to talk to folks.”

“I think it’s a great thing,” agreed Steve Tedder. “It’s nice to be able to see all these race cars in one place.”

Tedder had made the trip from his home in Rural Hall, accompanied by his 1967 Chevelle drag car.

“It was a great night,” Jerry Venable said. “And this race car event still has room to grow.”

In addition to being a primary event organizer, Venable serves with the Mount Pilot NOW group which hosted both Friday night and the following day’s cruise-in.

Beautiful weather served to draw a large crowd for the summer’s final downtown cruise-in event, leaving Venable elated at the turnout.

“This is awesome,” Venable said while looking over the Saturday evening street. “We probably have 800 or more cars here and a phenomenal crowd. And the bandstand area is packed.”

As the evening grew late, Venable’s attention turned to next year.

“Oh, we’ll be back,” he said. “We’ll be meeting in about two weeks in order to start planning for next year.”

Classic cars line the street as evening descends on Pilot Mountain, giving the town an aura of a Saturday evening from decades earlier.
https://www.pilotmountainnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_DSC06000.jpgClassic cars line the street as evening descends on Pilot Mountain, giving the town an aura of a Saturday evening from decades earlier. Dean Palmer | The News
The North Tower Band played into the night to close out the summer cruise-in series.
https://www.pilotmountainnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_DSC06006.jpgThe North Tower Band played into the night to close out the summer cruise-in series. Dean Palmer | The News
Six-year-old Jeremie Masclet was one of several classic car fans to spend an enjoyable evening taking photos of the beautiful machines.
https://www.pilotmountainnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_DSC05997.jpgSix-year-old Jeremie Masclet was one of several classic car fans to spend an enjoyable evening taking photos of the beautiful machines. Dean Palmer | The News
Excited race fans were able to get an up-close look at what makes the powerful race cars go.
https://www.pilotmountainnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_DSC05976.jpgExcited race fans were able to get an up-close look at what makes the powerful race cars go. Dean Palmer | The News
Race cars lined a closed Main Street for Friday night’s event in Pilot Mountain.
https://www.pilotmountainnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_DSC05968.jpgRace cars lined a closed Main Street for Friday night’s event in Pilot Mountain. Dean Palmer | The News

By Dean Palmer

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