Pictures: Wheels on Academy

Story and pictures by Hal Goodtree.

Cary, NC – The weather was dreary but spirits were high on Saturday for the first-ever Wheels on Academy classic car show. And I’ve got the pictures to prove it.

Wheels on Academy

About 100 cars lined Academy Street from First Baptist Church to Dry Avenue.

A dizzily rain, more English than Southern, floated down from the gray sky. But the weather didn’t seem to keep people away.

Food vendors did a brisk business selling coffee, kettle corn, chicken and ‘cue. Souvenir vendors and community organizations, set up beneath pop-up tents, reported strong traffic and sales. A big stage was set up at the foot of Academy

The cars were magnificent – like a museum of automotive design right in the heart of downtown Cary. I saw a 1933 Plymouth Coupe, a ’55 Belair and a ’62 Pontiac GTO. There was a section on Karman Ghias, a ’55 Cadillac, a midnight blue F-100 pickup and a sexy black ’91 Camaro. All were amazingly restored.

One of the most popular exhibits was “art-car alley” in front of the Jones-Foy house, sponsored by Ashworth Drugs. Kids enthusiastically decorated the exterior of a 70’s VW convertible Rabbit with chalk.

Pictures: Wheels on Academy


Coverage of downtown Cary is sponsored in part by Studio 180 Salon on West Chatham Street.