Car show riding into Main Street this Saturday

Published 9:59 pm Tuesday, May 8, 2018

More than a hundred pre-1979 classic cars will line up on Main Street this Saturday to the delight of gearheads and families alike.

The 10th annual “Shake, Rattle and Roll” spring car show will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday in the Main Street corridor of downtown Suffolk between Finney Avenue and Washington Street.

There’s advance registration for car owners as well as on the event day from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Tourism Development Manager Theresa Earles said approximately 100 cars were registered as of Monday, and the first 200 registrants will receive a dash plaque, commemorative gift and a goodie bag.

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Awards will be presented at 2 p.m. for the top three, best engine, best in show and other categories. Earles said there are typically 170 Chevys, Cadillacs, Mustangs and other crowd-pleasers on Main Street each year.

“The range of colors and meticulous care that these vehicles receive is truly astounding,” Earles said in a phone interview. “There’s a lot of love in these cars and trucks, and this year, we will have motorcycles as well.”

The event honors the racers and fans of the old quarter-mile concrete drag race track at the Suffolk Airport, which closed in 1991 because the Federal Aviation Administration wanted to renovate the abandoned runway where it was located.

“We still have a lot of history in the racing community and car collecting community,” Earles said. “It was just part of their lives growing up, and it’s really very nostalgic for lots of folks.”

Celtic-infused punk rockers Hey! Hey! Hooligan of Virginia Beach will perform at the show. Suffolk BBQ Co. will be the food sponsor and there will be plenty of merchandise sold by various vendors.

The show is free for spectators. Vehicle registration is $25 and can be done in advance at the Suffolk Visitor Center, 524 N. Main St., or on the day of the event at the Seaboard Station Railroad Museum, 326 N. Main St.

Call 514-4130 for more information.