Despite weather, cruise in brings crowd


By Dean Palmer - Special to the News



Under overcast and often threatening skies, Main Street Pilot Mountain was filled with hot rods and cool cars — and plenty of spectators — all through Saturday afternoon.


The Mock Beroth Tire Group partnered with Firestone for an appearance by the tire company’s famous “Bigfoot” monster truck. Here, fans of all ages check in and under the vehicle.


Cruise-in regulars Milton Scott and Jo Ann Call post for a picture during Saturday’s cruise in. Scott, of Thurman, also used a patriotic theme to decorate his classic 1957 Plymouth Belvedere convertible before rains forced him to put up the car’s top and take down its decorations.


Intermittent showers and storms lingered over downtown Pilot Mountain throughout much of Saturday’s July Hot Nights and Hot Cars Cruise-in event, but for every classic vehicle that left the street to seek shelter another seemed ready to take its place.

Main Street filled early for the holiday weekend event, with plenty of flying flags and red, white and blue bunting adorning classic cars and trucks.

A strong mid-afternoon storm caused convertible tops to come up, however, as owners gathered and put away much of the festive decorations.

Other showers followed, but after each the sun would come out and so would car owners as the streets quickly refilled and the holiday atmosphere was revived.

By early evening, the sun was shining and The Castaways were ready to perform on Depot Street. The award-winning group played a high energy first set, as listeners and dancers enjoyed the music.

But as the group took a break, one last storm hit and listeners were sent scrambling for shelter as workers rushed to cover sound equipment. Eventually, the lingering threat of lightening brought the music to an early close.

The cruise-in series will return on August 5 with the Depot Street stage to feature the music of The Extraordinaires.

Under overcast and often threatening skies, Main Street Pilot Mountain was filled with hot rods and cool cars — and plenty of spectators — all through Saturday afternoon.
https://www.pilotmountainnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/web1_DSC06845_cmyk-1-.jpgUnder overcast and often threatening skies, Main Street Pilot Mountain was filled with hot rods and cool cars — and plenty of spectators — all through Saturday afternoon.

The Mock Beroth Tire Group partnered with Firestone for an appearance by the tire company’s famous “Bigfoot” monster truck. Here, fans of all ages check in and under the vehicle.
https://www.pilotmountainnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/web1_DSC06848_cmyk.jpgThe Mock Beroth Tire Group partnered with Firestone for an appearance by the tire company’s famous “Bigfoot” monster truck. Here, fans of all ages check in and under the vehicle.

Cruise-in regulars Milton Scott and Jo Ann Call post for a picture during Saturday’s cruise in. Scott, of Thurman, also used a patriotic theme to decorate his classic 1957 Plymouth Belvedere convertible before rains forced him to put up the car’s top and take down its decorations.
https://www.pilotmountainnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/web1_DSC06853_cmyk.jpgCruise-in regulars Milton Scott and Jo Ann Call post for a picture during Saturday’s cruise in. Scott, of Thurman, also used a patriotic theme to decorate his classic 1957 Plymouth Belvedere convertible before rains forced him to put up the car’s top and take down its decorations.

By Dean Palmer

Special to the News

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