LA MESA -- For the third week in a row, the Thursday night car show has shown signs of revving its engines like the car show of old.

Crowds are up. Participants are up and, each week, new elements are spontaneously arriving to add a sort of carnival feel to the weekly summertime event.

Among those attending this week's show were cartons of puppies that were selling fast outside Mr. D's and a popular East County car club that had abandoned La Mesa years back returned to be highlighted in the special showcase location.

"Things are going extremely well,'' said Jonathan Baron, the proprietor of the Regal Bar on La Mesa Boulevard and the leader of the car show effort for the Downtown Village Merchants Association. "We've worked hard to make it a positive event and it's paying off.''

Baron said the increased attendance and the overall success each week will bring better income from the weekly 50-50 raffle and will make it easier to find sponsors to help support the cost of putting on the gathering each week.

Baron was particularly pleased Thursday with the large turnout of the East County Cruisers, a popular car club that had abandoned the La Mesa weekly carfest four or five years ago.

"Look at that,'' he said, pointing to a full corral of Cruiser cars along the new closed Third Avenue area. "Great to have them back again.''


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