Thursday, November 20, 2008

2009 Schedule

OAKBORO, NC – The 2009 schedule has just been released for the Oakboro Cruise-in & Burnout.
The event is always held on the fourth Friday of the month.
The dates are: January 23, February 27, March 27, April 24, May 22, June 26, July 24, August 28, September 25, October 23 and November 27. The December event will not be held as it falls on Christmas Day.
Oakboro has become recognized for its event where thousands of people flock to town to see shiny classic and street rod cars, socialize – and listen to crackling tires during the burnout.
Cruise-ins begin at 5 p.m. and the burnout is held at 9:30 p.m.
For more information, visit or call Jerry Crayton at 704-467-4992.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Friday, Oct. 24 - Oakboro's Last 2008 Burnout

OAKBORO, NC – Burning rubber. Billowing smoke. Bursting tires. Crowd cheers. Photos. That’s what the burnout is all about. It signals the end to a fun-filled night packed with street rods, classic cars, shiny kits and old clunkers.
The Oakboro Cruise-in & Burnout will be held on Friday, October 24 from 5-10 p.m. in the heart of downtown Oakboro. The burnout is held April-October, but the cruise-in continues year ‘round. It’s always the fourth Friday of the month.
Cars will start arriving around 3 p.m. and line Main and side streets. People will bring their chairs, grab a burger and socialize. It’s a ritual that pulls people from all across the Carolinas. If the weather is pretty, thousands of car lovers will show up, many driving their pride and joy.
And if this October is anything like others have been, participants at the Good-Guys Rod & Custom Association gathering at Lowe's Motor Speedway will bring their cars, according to event organizer Jerry Crayton. “I’ve seen their event schedule and there really isn’t anything going on at their event on Friday night. My hope is that they’ll come to Oakboro. They usually bring some really nice cars.”
Oakboro Cruise-in souvenirs, festival food and the 2009 schedule will be available. Restaurants and shops will be open. Throughout the evening, free T-shirts will be launched into the crowd. The Medical Laboratory Technician Club from Stanly Community College will be selling 50/50 tickets. Winners have typically gone home with $200 newly-found cash in hand. Antique, street rod and classic car drivers are encouraged to register for door prizes.
Oakboro is located on NC Hwy. 205 just off NC Hwy. 24/27 between Charlotte and Albemarle.
For more information, call Jerry Crayton at 704-467-4992 or log onto

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

October 24 - Good-Guys Weekend

Jerry Crayton, event organizer, says the weekend of Oct. 24 is the same weekend as the Good-Guys Rod & Custom Association gathering at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

"The schedule doesn't really offer much on that Friday night, so we anticipate having some of them show up at the Oakboro Cruise-in & Burnout. Some even participate in the burnout. "

Good-Guys attendees come from all over the country, particularly from along the Eastern Seaboard. They bring street rods, custom built, classics and muscle cars through 1972.

Even though this is the last Burnout for the 2008 season, the actual cruise-in will continue on the last Friday of each month. The next burnout will occur in April 2009.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Oh, it's raining!

Today is Friday, September 26 and the skies are gray. It's raining most everywhere across North Carolina as the storm moves across our state. The eye of this non-tropical, tropically-shaped N'easter is over us now - but weather radar has rain extending from Oakboro south to the GA/SC line.

I've had inquiries about tonight's Oakboro Cruise-in & Burnout. Organizers tell me that some people are still planning to attend, but that the crowd will be nothing like it normally is - because of Mother Nature.

Events do not have rain dates. The next one will be held the fourth Friday in October - let's keep our fingers and toes crossed for outstanding weather!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Cruisin Carolina Magazine

Like Cruisin Carolina Magazine? We thought so. Many people visiting this site go to that one first. They find our address while surfing and flipping through the pages.Copies are available for $3 each at the Oakboro Regional Historical Museum. Drop by and learn a little about our community's history. Find out why Big Lick has that name - and how old this region really is. Learn about international recording stars and authors who have roots here.

The Museum is located on Main Street across from SunTrust Bank and the US Post Office. The Museum is open 2-4 p.m. Monday and Sunday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Thursday. Group reservations are available by calling -704-485-4222.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Aug 22 - Huge Crowd, Lots of cars - and cash!

The weather was just right - little to no humidity, gentle breeze, comfortable temperatures, slightly overcast. We had a huge crowd with lots of cars. Many of them parked near the Quick Chek. We have lots of parking available at the Railroad Museum. Hopefully in the future we'll get more cars to park there, too.

A lucky attendee at the Burnout walked away with 50 percent of the largest 50/50 drawing we've had so far - he took home $256. Congratulations - and thanks for buying all those tickets.

And the 2009 schedule is out. I'll have it posted by next week. Yes, the Oakboro Cruise-in & Burnout will continue in Oakboro!

Car Gal

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Friday, August 22 Event Brings Mark Martin Car

The Oakboro Cruise-in & Burnout will be held Friday, August 22 from 5 – 10 p.m. Bring your hot rod, lawn chairs and cameras!

The special attraction at this show will be the 2008 Mark Martin car that raced in several Sprint Cup races this season. The car is owned by Dale Earnhardt, Inc and will be parked in front of Quality Child Care on Main Street in Oakboro.

Publisher of Cruisin Carolina Magazine Gary Geissman will be taking photographs of unique cars for the October publication of his magazine. Photos may also be posted on

Copies of the current magazine are available from the Oakboro Regional Museum of History.
And everyone is encouraged to post videos on You Tube and photos on the event’s Website,

Dubbed the largest cruise-in held in a North Carolina downtown, the Oakboro event typically shows more than 300 cars – classic cars, street rods, trucks and motorcycles. They park along the main drag and side streets.

Restaurants and shops will be open throughout the evening. One of the most unique is a popsicle manufacturer. Additional food vendors will be set up at the corner of North Main and Third streets.

Members of the Medical Laboratory Technology Club from Stanly Community College will be selling 50/50 tickets at the Cruise-in and the Burnout. The club will receive a portion of the proceeds. This season, a lucky person at each event has taken home more than $100 in cash by participating in the 50/50 challenge.

The Oakboro Cruise-in & Burnout is sponsored by the Greater Oakboro Business Association with the mission of bringing people into town. Profits from the vendors and other sales are used to pay for event costs, such as electricity, insurance, port-a-johns and music.

Oakboro is located between Albemarle and Charlotte on NC Hwy. 205, just off NC Hwy. 24/27.
For more information about the event, visit or call Jerry Crayton at 704-467-4992.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Someone took home $135 in 50/50 winnings on July 25. Congratulations! Organizers say it was a "biggggg crowd!"

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Oakboro Cruise-in Featured in Magazine

Gary Geissman, editor and publisher of Cruisin Carolina Magazine, announced Monday that the Oakboro Cruise-In will be featured in the October issue of the magazine.
Launched in March 2008, the magazine focuses on cruising events in North and South Carolina. Geissman and his staff of photographers attend as many as 40 cruising events per month and feature photos both in the monthly magazine and on their web site

“I believe that the Oakboro Cruise-In is definitely one of the best in the state of North Carolina! I personally travel all over North and South Carolina and Oakboro is in the top three out of hundreds I attend. Where else can you take your family for a night of fun like this for free!”

Mooresville native Geissman has a long history of drag racing, working in both Indy Car and Nextell Cup series. Geissman and staff will photograph the August 22 event and be available to talk to car owners about their classics or street rods. Owners who want to be sure to be noticed should come early to obtain a prime parking space.

The magazine provides free listing of car events as well as car clubs of both Carolinas. In addition to a monthly story about a cruisin diner, Geissman offers restoration tips, technical articles, and stories about salvage yards and auto graveyards. Cruisin Carolina Magazine is available for purchase at the Oakboro Regional Museum of History. Subscriptions are available through the Cruisin Carolina Magazine web site.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Dukes of Hazard car to appear at July 25 Cruise-in

Crank up old Betsy, it’s time again for the Oakboro Cruise-In and Burnout on Friday night, July 25, on the streets of downtown Oakboro.

Crowds of people bring their classic cars, street rods, and kit cars to the streets of town, sit on lawn chairs to enjoy the company of other "motor heads", and parade down Main Street. Then it’s off to the site of the burnout, where folks hold down the brake and accelerator at the same time to spin tires, blow smoke and the occasional tire.

Special attraction this week will be the Hazard County Stunt Team complete with a true Dukes of Hazard Car. Tom Sarmento, original crew member and lead mechanic for building the cars will head the tea. The group can be found on their web site at

Local restaurants are available as are specialty food vendors. Period car owners who register their cars will be eligible for a $50 dollar drawing at the end of the day.
The Medical Lab Technology Club from Stanly Community College will be selling 50/50 tickets on the streets and at the Burnout. Tickets will also be available at the registration tables. The winner will be announced at the Burnout. Past winners have taken home $100 or more in cash!

Sunday, June 29, 2008

June's Cruise-in & Burnout Recap

Despite the mid-afternoon rain, we had a tremendous turnout for the June Oakboro Cruise-in & Burnout. Well, we didn't exactly have the burnout because of safety concerns. See, we celebrate the Fourth of July for 10 days. Our town becomes one big festival - and we didn't have the space we normally have for the burnout. But, it will return in July.

Speaking of July, the next event will be held on Friday, July 25. Stay tuned for information on car clubs, music, etc.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Join us on Friday, June 27 as we kick off the 50th Annual 4th of July celebration in Oakboro. We're planning on lots of cars - and music!

The Buick Owners of the Carolinas and the Charlotte Region Hornet's Nest will bring all kinds of shiny cars. You can see them at the new Oakboro Railroad Museum. We invite you to park nearby. Just follow the sweet sound of Mickie Eller's music!

Rocky Yelton & The Hired Guns, from Forest City, will perform. You may know Rocky from Pigeon Forge and Coyote Joe's in Charlotte.

Be sure to register your cars and participate in the 50/50 drawing. Last month, a man from Charlotte took home $145. The month prior, a couple from Monroe won $250. Oh, the sweet smell of cash!