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Newsfront - July 17, 2009

Cruise among the cars

Classic cars and camaraderie at Hot Summer Nights Car Show

by Chuck Herrmann

Regardless of the weather, Hot Summer Nights Car Show is here again Thursday with old car favorites and exciting first-time vehicles aimed at bringing out the auto buffs and curious passersby alike.

"We are now allowing cars up to the year 1970," said David Miller, who has been co-running the event for the past 13 years. "The new category will bring in some really special muscle cars known from that time."

Organizers are expecting about 350 to 400 classic and custom cars lining Hartz Avenue for the public to view for free.

Along with the exciting addition of later model cars added to the roster of powerful and rare vehicles, this summer's event will also show off what the community has to offer.

"We have worked hard with the community for so long that we wanted to give local merchants a chance to promote their businesses," said Miller.

About 25 stores and merchants will set up booths and stands along Hartz Avenue to offer a variety of products for the car fans to browse, including some local restaurants.

There is also a new band performing this year, the Project 4 Band, which will be located in the parking lot at Diablo Road and Hartz Avenue to play classic songs from the 1960s and '70s.

The event is for the whole family to come out and enjoy the shops, food, cars and music, emphasized Miller.

He said they are also doing their best to show appreciation to the people who make this event possible. They will be highlighting the 100 Club of Contra Costa County, which people can join for $100 a year, that provides aid to families of police officers and firefighters who are killed in the line of duty.

In addition, Miller said they will be holding a fundraiser to benefit the renovation of the Veteran's Hall. An Indy 500 car will be outside the hall and residents can pay $1 per seat to sit in the car and have pictures taken. All proceeds will go towards the cost of the project.

To volunteer to help out with the event, contact David Miller at 437-3649.

Street party

What: Hot Summer Nights Car Show

When: 4-9 p.m., Thursday, July 23

Where: Hartz Avenue, Danville