Cruise-In Classic Car Show Attracts Auto Enthusiasts

By Kay Brookshire on May 9, 2011 at 8:08 pm EST

Mooresville steps back in time the first Saturday of each month‚ when the Cruise-In Classic Car Show attracts hundreds of classic automobiles down­town for an evening of family fun.

Spectators‚ sometimes as many as 3‚000‚ might see a rare 1933 Buick sedan along with the restored Cadillacs‚ Chevrolets and other well-kept classics from the last century. Also on display are well-maintained street rods and sporty muscle cars. The show is open to cars 30 years old and older.

The Cruise-In features a disc jockey spinning golden oldies‚ food vendors‚ karaoke and games for children. Many of the downtown merchants remain open during the 4 to 8 p.m. Cruise-In to serve the crowds.

“Folks love to bring their cars out. It’s a big family affair‚” says Allen Warlick‚ a member of the Good Ole Boys Street Rodders. “It certainly is good for business.”

The small street-rod club co-sponsors the monthly Cruise-In with the Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Mooresville. After hosting an annual show for 14 years‚ the street rodders made it a monthly event in 2006 with help from the town and chamber.

A recent Cruise-In brought about 500 cars to Mooresville from South Carolina‚ Virginia and throughout North Carolina. Visitors to Mooresville often take in the classic car show‚ along with nearby racing attractions‚ Warlick says.

Warlick is at work restoring a 1934 Buick and owns several street rods. His family is one of eight families involved in the Street Rodders club‚ a small group tackling a large monthly task.

“It involves a lot of work for our club to organize every month. But we enjoy the folks and we just have a very good time‚” he says.

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