Rev It Up!

What’s old and new goes Vroom? The Wheels on Academy Car Show, of course!

The third annual Wheels on Academy takes place this Saturday, May 17 on the streets of Downtown Cary, with new features and fun for all ages.

The cars of yesteryear will take their stand beside today’s hotrods at this show, with additional highlights including:


Hagerty Youth Judging Program

9:45 a.m.

New this year, car enthusiasts ages 7 to 15 can sign up for a group stroll around the car show, and hear owners talk about their cars. Kids can ask questions and get to judge each car, just like the grown-up judges! Pre-registration is required, by emailing

Q&A with National Corvette Museum Executive Director Wendell Strode
11 a.m., at The Cary, 122 E. Chatham St.
A free behind-the-scenes look at the February sinkhole collapse inside the Museum that swallowed up eight classic Corvettes, and an update on the 184-acre Motorsports Park opening this September.

Take-A-Part Model T Demonstrations

10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., on the Downtown Performance Green

See the Antique Automobile Club of America’s Triangle Chapter assemble a Model T, then hand-crank its engine for a short drive!

The show, which runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., also offers the Art Car Project with artist Sampada Agarwal; kid’s make-and-take wooden cars; and the chance to explore a Town of Cary police car, hybrid trash truck, fire engine and Smart Car!

Along with a detail clinic and food truck concessions, two local bands will take the stage on Academy Street: the EG Peters Band at 9:45 a.m., and the Night Shift Band at 11:45 a.m.

Free parking during the show is available at the Cary Town Hall Parking Deck, located on Wilkinson Avenue. Handicapped parking is available at Cary Town Hall beside the railroad tracks, and at the Cary Elementary School entrance on Kildaire Farm Road.

For full show details, search Wheels on Academy at

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