Rockin’ Classic Auto and Motorcycle Expo Comes to Downtown

downtown rocky mount It was a time when you found your thrill on “blueberry hill” after you “rocked around the clock.” It was a decade of drive-in movies, tail fins and white-walled tires.

This July, car and motorcycle lovers of all ages will be able to get a glimpse of classic designs as a part of the annual Rockin’ Classic Auto and Motorcycle Expo. The event will be held July 25 in downtown Rocky Mount starting at 10 a.m. and ending with a motorcycle and car parade at 2:45 p.m.

Rockin’ Classic Auto and Motorcycle Expo

Collectors from across the state will gather on Main Street—and attendees will get a chance to vote on which vehicle will win the coveted People’s Choice Award. The event will also feature live music and vendors.

The rev of motors won’t be the only classic sound coming from downtown; live entertainment by the band Love Tribe will be featured from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. (Check out the band’s playlist – you’re sure to find some great hits perfect for dancing!)

Downtown Rocky Mount is a perfect backdrop for the event. Rocky Mount has embarked on a $6.5 million streetscape project, adding street trees, sidewalk improvements, and giving historic buildings such as the Douglas Block and Booker T. Washington Theater a facelift.

For a slideshow featuring highlights from inaugural Rockin’ Expo, click here .

Interesting Facts About Downtown Rocky Mount, NC

Downtown is a perfect backdrop for this summer’s events. But how much do you know about downtown? To celebrate the summer events, it’s a perfect time to throw in a 4-1-1 about things you never knew you never knew:

  • Have you visited Thelonious Monk plaza? Located in the historic Douglas Block, it celebrates the iconic jazz musician (and Rocky Mount native.)
  • The People’s Bank Building was built in 1918 and housed the National Bank of Rocky Mount.
  • The People’s Bank Building re-emerged in the 1930s as the People’s Bank and Trust. Various professional offices were housed in the upper stories.
  • The historic Douglas Block was named for Dr. Junious Douglas, a prominent African-American pharmacist. During segregation, the Douglas Block served as the center for African-American businesses and fostered a vibrant African-American culture.

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