It's hot, and it's summer: Ride over to the car show

Looking for something to do with the family? Cruise over to Afton Ridge on Saturday to see the Hot Summer Nights Car Show.

There will be street rods from the 1930s, fat-fender cars from the 1940s, shoebox cars from the 1950s, muscle cars, trucks, Cobras and more. It's sponsored by the East Coast Cruisers Car Club.

In 1986 a group of automotive enthusiasts from the central Piedmont area of North Carolina formed this nonprofit organization. It plans events throughout the year to raise money for local charities.

The East Coast Cruisers sponsors three car shows a year: the Spring Auto Fair, the Fall Auto Fair and the Hot Summer Nights Car Show, which offers door prizes, raffles, drawings, music and food.

Dash plaques will be awarded to the first 100 participants. Registration for the competition is $10 and is open to all cars and trucks. Members of the East Coast Cruisers cannot enter club-sponsored events but will judge all entries. All proceeds will benefit the Shriners Children's Hospital.

The East Coast Cruisers also organizes cruise-ins throughout the Piedmont area.

From 5:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, members meet at The Village parking lot behind Burger King, at U.S. 29 and U.S. 601 Bypass (Concord Parkway at Warren C. Coleman Boulevard). On the second Saturday they drive around Kannapolis' Cannon Village at 4:30 p.m.

Cruise-ins are also held in Charlotte, Monroe, Salisbury, Oakboro, Mooresville, Lenoir, Gastonia and Spencer.

The group also holds picnics, cruises and family get-togethers. The social committee is always looking for new ideas.

The group meets on the third Monday of each month at various locations. The dinner and social hour begin at 6:30 p.m., and the meeting starts at 7:30. Membership is $25 per family. The next meeting is Monday at Troutman's Bar-B-Q, 1388 Warren Coleman Blvd., Concord.