A Quiet End To Weekly Car Shows

LA MESA -- The old friends sat on the window seats of Por Favor Thursday evening, large beers with limes on the rim, looking out at the street as the weekly summer car show struggled to rev its engines for a final time.

"This show ain't what it used to be,'' one of the on-lookers said to his friends. "It's definitely low key.''

But low-key was exactly what the organizers of the event were going for this year. They had pared away a number of elements that had added excitement but also were a distraction from the cars and from the hope that the show would generate traffic for local businesses.

"Low key is just what we wanted this year,'' said Rick Bucklew, the Village merchant who helped pull the event together this year. "We could have made more of it, I guess, but we would need much more help and this was a way of getting everyone behind it. We would need more help to do more.''

Bucklew said La Mesa Police reported to him that the events were calmer and free of some of the occasional incidents of the past.

Even in a more subdued year, the restaurants and coffee shops clearly benefited from the events and, though less clogged, there was still a steady supply of window-shoppers wandering the street.

Jumping Jack Flash, the peripatetic DJ who plants himself in the corner of Palm and La Mesa Boulevard every Thursday offered the hopeful coda for this year's car show.  Speaking just prior to Thursday's start he said "see you in 2013."






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