Memphis’ Summer drive-in to host cruise-in with classic cars, movies

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“Movies! Music! Musclecars!”

That’s the tagline on the Facebook page and giveaway poster promoting a special event set for Saturday, July 30, at the Malco Summer Quartet Drive-In.

Other blurbs offer similarly rhythmic examples of ballyhoo, in the drive-in tradition. “Cruise-in at the Drive-In!” promised one. “Cars Under the Stars!” proclaims another.

The hype is for a program that combines classic cars with classic car movies.

On the screen will be a double feature, starting with “Corvette Summer” (1978), starring Mark Hamill and Annie (“Ghostbusters”) Potts, followed by George Lucas’ “American Graffiti” (1973), with a soon-to- be-all-star cast that includes Ron Howard, Richard Dreyfuss, Cindy Williams, Suzanne Somers and Harrison Ford.

Shawn Brereton with what he calls his his "major show car," his '55 Chevy.

On the drive-in tarmac itself, in a designated area, will be as many Corvettes, muscle cars (Firebirds, Mustangs, etc.) and “classic” cars as Memphis-area collectors care to drive to the “cruise-in,” which starts at 5:30 pm (Inevitably, the Facebook page for the event also features the slogan: “Calling All Cars!”)

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