If you own a cool car or just like to look at them, be sure to mark the first Saturday of each month on your calendar for BBQ & Burnouts from noon to 3 pm at the parking lot behind Station Family + BBQ. The casual “cruise-in” car shows are being held throughout the summer and fall and are hosted by Station Family + BBQ.
Anyone with an old, new, souped-up or tricked-out car is encouraged to show it off in the public parking lot on Grove Avenue behind the restaurant at the Village Green. Even if you don’t have a cool car, it’s a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon with some barbecue and a DORA beverage while chatting with other car enthusiasts and popping the hood on some truly unique autos.
BBQ & Burnouts started in April, and there were already 18 cars on display at the May 1 event. If you know your car terminology, you know that a “burnout” is technically the practice of keeping a vehicle stationary and spinning its wheels. But there are no risky driving maneuvers on display at these events; it’s strictly a catchy name for the show. It’s more of a “cruise-in,” said one car owner, where you can view all sorts of interesting cars.
Car-owners have come from as far as Lima, Ohio and Evansville, Indiana to display their cars. Contests at the May BBQ & Burnouts awarded prizes for best horn honk, the owner who drove the furthest to attend, and a special bartenders’ choice award. The event has a casual vibe and offers a relaxed setting to enjoy the cars, some car talk, and some good food and drink at the same time.
“We’re not trying to be too serious,” says Kelly Trush of Station Family + BBQ. “We just wanted to create a gathering space for people to come together. Everyone is welcome.”