Classic Car Nights

2013 Encinitas Classic Car Nights Features WaveCrest Woodies September 19

 

May 16, June 20, July 18, August 15 & September 19

Presented by: OReilly Auto Parts Logo  

 

The streets of Downtown Encinitas will be rockin’ and rollin’ when Encinitas Classic Car Nights comes to Downtown Encinitas May through September.

The third Thursday of each summer month from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, hot rods, Woodies and other classic and vintage cars will line S. Coast Highway 101 from D Street to J Street. These beauties will be parked in dedicated lots, along the Hwy 101 and on side streets.

This year’s series will have numerous dedicated lots for car clubs! We will have live music at two venues:  SMOG Test Only and The Lumberyard Courtyard.

Car clubs will also be hosted at the Sofspra Car Wash, sponsored by: Encinitas Pizza Co
Cardiff Classics, The Lumberyard, and Coastal Furniture will host additional car clubs, and special “Recommended Parking for Classic Cars” signs will make  added room for the many cars who park in available curbside spots.

Come to Downtown Encinitas for the unbeatable combination of historic cars and historic Hwy 101 and experience our national award-winning MainStreet.

Check out the KUSI Morning Show from 2012!

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The Bus Movie Makes Socal Debut at Encinitas Classic Car Nights

July 13, 2012 – 50+ VW Buses Roll into Downtown Encinitas 

On Thursday, July 19th, at 8pm, The Downtown Encinitas MainStreet Association (DEMA, www.encinitas101.com) is delighted to present the Southern California premier of The Bus (www.busmovie.com).  This fun and engaging documentary explores how the VW bus became an international cultural icon, a symbol of freedom, independence and the open road.  Once a humble utility vehicle, the bus achieved fame as the top-selling US import during the 1960s and the ubiquitous “hippie van” of the countercultural movement.  Filmmaker Damon Ristau meets bus lovers around the world and learns how this simple, boxy vehicle elicits romance, adventure, rugged individualism, friendship, and the joy of road travel.

 The 63-minute movie will be shown outdoors in the parking lot of Hansen’s at S. Coast Hwy and J St. in downtown Encinitas.  Folding chairs will be provided, but filmgoers are welcome to bring their own.

 The screening follows the July edition of Encinitas Classic Car Nights, which takes place from 5:30-7:30pm the same evening, throughout downtown Encinitas.  Classic VWs, including over 50 VW buses, will be the featured vehicles of the evening.

 DEMA thanks Primo beer (www.primobeer.com) and Hansen Surfboards (www.hansensurf.com)   for making this screening possible.

 

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Rev ‘em Up!

 

 

 

 

2012 ENCINITAS CLASSIC CAR NIGHTS

 

The streets of Downtown Encinitas will be rockin’ and rollin’ when Encinitas Classic Car Nights comes to Downtown Encinitas June through September.

 

The third Thursday of each summer month from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, hot rods, Woodies and other classic and vintage cars will line S. Coast Highway 101 from D Street to J Street. These beauties will be parked in dedicated lots, along the Hwy 101 and on side streets.

 

This year’s series will have 6 dedicated lots for car clubs! We will have live music at two venues:  SMOG Test Only and Cardiff Classics.  The Small Mall, Sofspra and The Black Sheep will host 3 additional car clubs, and special “Recommended Parking for Classic Cars” signs will make  added room for the many cars who park in available curbside spots.

 

2012 Entertainment

 

JUNE 21

 

 

JULY 19

 

 

AUGUST 16

 

  • SMOG Test Only Stage: Band of Jimmys
  • Cardiff Classics Stage: 

 

SEPTEMBER 13

 

  • SMOG Test Only Stage: Fabulous Woodies
  • Cardiff Classics Stage:

 

Come to Downtown Encinitas for the unbeatable combination of historic cars and historic Hwy 101 and experience our national award-winning MainStreet.

 

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Volunteer Helps Make Signature Downtown Event Unique

September 2011 – The final Encinitas Classic Car Cruise Nights signals the end of summer for many locals. The season’s last event, held on September 15, served as a reminder of the tremendous effort that DEMA and its volunteers put into organizing the crowd pleasing nights. 

Doug, left & Mike Castellucci of KUSI broadcasting from Encinitas on the Morning Show June 16, 2011

DEMA volunteer and event coordinator Doug Jones serves as the “face” of the series. His humility is commendable as he is hesitant to take the credit for the event’s growing success. “All of the work that the staff at DEMA does makes downtown thrives,” he said.

 “I’m the one who gets the cars and the clubs and the characters for the specific locations,” he said.

 “Four years ago, when I got involved the challenge was to connect the visitors with the merchants during classic car events,” he said. As Jones sees it, “your job as a merchant is to reach out and show them what ya got.” Jones said he worked with restaurants and other businesses to ensure that a connection was made with the potential for new customers during the classic car cruise nights.  

 “These things evolve,” Jones said. “As one aspect improved, it just got better and better. Consequently, your visitors feel more welcome and the merchants feel like they are gaining new opportunities for business.” Jones said the car clubs started to spread the good word about Encinitas amongst one another and made the event a more sought after destination.

 Apparently, Jones’ efforts are paying off. The 2010 series saw a doubling of visitors. 2011 attendance grew by four times that of the previous year. “It also grew in merchants all the way to the south end of town. Now suddenly, more parking spaces opened up and merchants are feeling a positive impact,” Jones said.

 According to a survey conducted by DEMA, over 70-percent of the people attending cruise night had already attended one downtown event and were planning to attend another in the near future. “I hear about it, I get the emails from the car club presidents, the car culture people and visitors saying they wanted to come back,” Jones said.

 In fact, Jones confirmed that the event has expanded to benefit merchants in a wider area along Coast Highway 101. “Visitors are now discovering the north and south end of town rather than clustering around the center of the venue at the Encinitas Smog Station,” he said.

Jones said the formula for success is clear. “The key to this from day one is to keep it simple, fun and friendly. There’s not a big emphasis on who’s going to get a trophy.  And it’s working,” he said.

There was no shortage of humor in the categories of awards given to individual car owners. They ranged from “I’ll rescue you honey, the fireman’s choice award” to the “car that’s not likely to make it home tonight.” “It’s always fun, that’s the whole objective,” Jones said. “We try to keep the spirit light and it’s working,”  he said. “You get the funniest comments from people about these awards.”

 The family-friendly atmosphere is evident, as multiple generations of family members attend the event together. “My favorite award is ‘Gidget’s favorite ride to the beach’ because it reminds me of the early surf days when just a handful of us girls were riding boards instead of sitting on the beach watching our boyfriends,” said Janet Swanson, a visitor from Laguna Beach who brought her grand-daughter along. “I’ve always loved coming to Encinitas and this gives me a good excuse to make it a day.”

 With live music at two venues and a special viewing of the newly redesigned 2012 Beetle, visitors got an overload of sensory information. “There is so much to see and do and hear down here,” said Parish Manusch, a visitor from Poway. “This is more than just a car show, it’s a whole gathering of people who seem to be having a good time.”

 “This event just really represents the fun and spirit of downtown of Encinitas,” Jones agreed.

 

 

 

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Tasty Culinary Experience Delights Sell Out Crowd

September 2011 – The Taste of MainStreet went off without a hitch after the event was rescheduled one week later due to the county-wide blackout on September 8. The Downtown Encinitas Mainstreet Association and participating restaurants staged an omnivore’s paradise that rivaled previous 21 years.

 Hundreds of participants were treated to the culinary creations of 33 different eateries. From Ogata’s sushi to the laid back offerings at Java Hut, the night’s samplings were a welcome surprise to many. “I’m impressed with all of this amazingly creative food in little sample sizes,” said Rose Gensler, who joined friends during the event. “The only reason I can eat all of this is because we’re walking the length of downtown and it gives me time to digest,” she exclaimed.

Julie Hickman, Marketing Director for Whole Foods Market, Encinitas, serves a taste at the event

The expanded offering was a bonus for several people who have attended the event in previous years. “I’m always looking for new restaurants and it seems like downtown has one popping up every other month,” Pamela St. John said. “Even our new grocery store is in on the action,” the local resident said, referring to Whole Foods Market. “I haven’t been disappointed tonight.”

For the third year in a row participants were encouraged to cast their ballot for the People’s Choice Award.  Leucadia Pizzeria took home top honors as the crowd favorite.

 More than just award-winning food, Taste of MainStreet is a celebration of the downtown community. “We’ve gone for several years because it’s a way to familiarize ourselves with the different restaurants and also to just enjoy the environment and our friends,” said St. John, an Encinitas resident. In fact, the rescheduled event also coincided with the final installation of the Classic Car Cruise Nights. “This is a kick having all of these people swarming around having a good time downtown,” said Jerry Hinkman, a local resident.

Even residents from neighboring communities get in on the festivities. As the largest event of its kind in the county, Taste of Mainstreet attracts participants from as far as Eastlake. “I came out because the price is right for a night of food and live music with friends,” Brandy Miller of Escondido. “It’s fun to be on the coast and have the opportunity to watch the sunset over the ocean then come back to eating my way down the street,” she said.

 The event wouldn’t be complete without live music. The musical acts are suited to each location with everything from reggae to folk in the line-up. The night featured music in various different locations along Hwy 101. Randy Fontaine and the Swingers brought out the dancing couples in the Center Courtyard of the Lumberyard, Allison Adams Tucker & Allegato World Jazz brought an international flair to Leucadia Pizzeria, Tropical Breeze set the tone at Kealani’s, The Jack Stiteler Jazztet at the DEMA office and Russell Castiglione at Swami’s Café rounded out the regional talent.

 “I like the music as much as I like the food,” Peter Barnes said as he stood in line at Chuao Chocolatier. “It just creates an atmosphere that flows and gets you into a rhythm literally.  

 “DEMA clearly does a lot of work putting this together, but it takes all of the people involved from the chefs to the musicians to the people buying the tickets to come together and make it work,” Barnes said.

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Classic Cars Return to Downtown Encinitas Press Release

  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 ———– PRESS RELEASE ———–

 June 26, 2011

Contact: Rick Moore

Phone: 760.943.1950

Email: RMoore@Encinitas101.com


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

What: Encinitas Classic Car Nights

When: The third Thursday of the month from June to September from 5:30pm-7:30pm

Where: Downtown Encinitas from D Street to K Street with live music at Cardiff Classics at 1049 S. Coast Hwy 101 and SMOG Test Only Center at 682 S. Coast Hwy 101.

Who: Everyone is welcome to bring down their classic car(s) of all decades and genres or just come downtown to admire these beauties.

On Thursday, July 21st, from 5:30-7:30pm, The Downtown Encinitas MainStreet Association (DEMA) will be presenting  the 13th Annual Encinitas Classic Car Cruise Nights, the second of four in the summer series.

This year’s series will be greatly expanded, starting with six dedicated lots for car clubs.  Encinitas Foreign & Domestic is sponsoring the SMOG Test Only Awards Lot and Stellar Solar will be solar-powering the bands there throughout the series.  Cardiff Classics will be hosting a car club and a band, and Charlie’s Foreign Car will be welcoming a club in their Regent Lot.  Three other downtown Encinitas locations – the Small Mall, Sofspra and The Black Sheep – will host additional car clubs, and special “Recommended Parking for Classic Cars” signs will make added room for the many cars who park in available curbside spots.

In addition to doubling the available parking, DEMA is doubling the music venues, with one stage at each end of town.  Rob Mehl will be playing at the SMOG Test Only Awards Lot and Tower 7 will entertain the crowd at Cardiff Classics.

The event is open and free to the public.  Every car in attendance is eligible for awards and there is no cost for displaying or viewing the cars.

If  historic Downtown Encinitas is not reason enough to enjoy a night out on the town, Encinitas Classic Car Night will up the ante.  It is an excellent reason to spend a summer night out in a historic downtown with 40 great restaurants and over 200 unique shops.  

Come early for the best parking spots because parking is limited, and dine at one of the many fantastic restaurants in Downtown Encinitas before the event “shifts into 5th gear.”

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