PILOT MOUNTAIN — Admirers of both classic cars and beach music turned out in record numbers Saturday afternoon and evening for the September edition of the Hot Nights and Hot Cars cruise-in series.
“We had our biggest event of the year,” said Doug Brannon, chairman of the sponsoring Mount Pilot Now group. “I think the weather and the tie-in with Mount Airy in promoting the beach music weekend brought in new faces and more people than we’ve ever had.”
Brannon was referring to a promotion dubbed “Beach and The Blue Ridge Foothills,” which tied Saturday’s street performance to Thursday and Friday evening concerts at the Blackmon Amphitheatre by The Embers and The Fantastic Shakers respectively.
While speaking from the Depot Street stage during a break by the Craig Woolard Band, Mount Pilot Now member Jerry Venable agreed.
“We’ve had some good months here in Pilot Mountain,” he said as he looked out over the massive crowd, “but this is the most we’ve had here in the bandstand area at this juncture of the evening.”
Brannon also credited an appearance by the Bridgestone/Firestone “Bigfoot” monster truck sponsored by Mock-Beroth Tire and a car from the Richard Petty Museum with creating additional interest.
“And we’d like to thank the ladies from First Citizens Bank for helping with our 50/50 ticket sales,” he added, “which brought in $1,049, the largest amount of money we’ve given away this year.”
The next cruise-in, scheduled for Oct. 5, will be the final event of the season and will feature the beach music of the award-winning Holiday Band out of Burlington.