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Downtown Raleigh celebrates classic cars

Posted August 20, 2010
Updated August 21, 2010

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— Downtown Raleigh is gearing up for a three-day celebration of classic cars.

From Friday through Sunday, Carolina Classics at the Capital will take over Fayetteville Street and the Raleigh Convention Center. It's the largest indoor car show in the Southeast.

"It's an opportunity to witness a piece of history," classic car admirer Lee Clark said.

Several hundred classic cars will be exhibited along a nearly third-of-a-mile stretch of Fayetteville Street.

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Approximately 80 more cars and 100 automobile vendors will be spread out over 150,000 square feet of exhibition space in the convention center.

Ed Stone is showing off his 1962 Nova SS convertible there. It was one of only 2,200 made in that year.

"It's really just a nice ride, fun to run down the road to the coast and let the hair blow," Stone said. "It's fun to have something that you ride around the road and people appreciate. People say, 'I remember that' or 'I had a date in that.'"

Stone, a nurse from Knightdale, has been restoring cars for 20 years.

"It takes years to put it together to put it together. A lot of love and devotion. A lot of hard nights, a lot of long nights," he said. "A lot of sheet metal. A lot of patience when you can't find a part or a part doesn't fit."

Stone rarely makes a profit. He said he's put about $28,000 in the '62 Nova SS but expects to sell it for $21,500.

"You never get your money out of it," he said.

Restoring classic cars, though, is about the love of it and the sense of preserving a fun piece of history, Stone said.

"It's something you don't see anymore," he said. "It's all steel, and it runs true."

Access to the car displays on Fayetteville Street is free. Admission to the convention center is $10 for adults and $5 for children under age 15. Proceeds go the Foundation for Hope, a local nonprofit that funds research into cures for mental illness.

Fayetteville Street will be closed from the State Capitol Building to the Progress Energy Performing Arts Center until 7 a.m. Sunday. Hargett, Martin and Davie streets will also be closed where they intersect with Fayetteville Street.

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  • Adelinthe Aug 20, 2010

    Might be nice to know about these things ahead of time.

    Angier has these things once a month.

    God bless.

    RB

  • PanthersFan45 Aug 20, 2010

    I love old cars, especially 1940's and 1950's models that are restored to new (not customized). I would love to get down there tomorrow and don't mind paying the $10. Just maybe there will be a 1949 Hudson out there, I always loved the old Hudson's from the Junior Johnson Nascar era. I think the show will be good and hopefully the weather will be really nice as well.

  • Road Dog Aug 20, 2010

    Think I'll just take the beast over to the Grill 57 instead. Hate driving downtown especiall in the heat.

  • superman Aug 20, 2010

    Wow they closing the street downtown again? Why didnt they just save taxpayers money and keep it closed the way it was. Seems they close downtown about every week. Never would go downtown as I dont know whether it is open or closed.

  • itsnotmeiswear Aug 20, 2010

    Looking forward to seeing some great cars.

  • deannaandgrace2 Aug 20, 2010

    There are some nice cars out there already!!