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LA MESA -- In what could only be described as a polite, almost tasteful, demonstration of civil disobedience, several classic car owners showed up on Thursday afternoon and parked their cars on La Mesa Boulevard.
"The show is on,'' one of the owners said, sort of defiantly and then sat down in a lawn chair near the former Gingham Restaurant.
As protests go, this was more of a sit-in.
A survey of La Mesa Boulevard at 4 p.m. revealed more than a half dozen other classic car owners had showed up despite the fact that the Back to the 50s Car Show was officially delayed until July 11th by show finances. A few other hotrods motored by.
And an independent survey showed that only five of the six classic car owners had put money in the parking meters!
"The city is screwing the merchants,'' one car owner explained. "There's no reason they should have to pay anything to put this show on. Look, this is the show. We park there, we sit here. What's with all the costs?"
These car aficionados were feeling in a feisty mood and sounded a bit more like classic bikers at times, but there was no marching or placards or prominent tattoos, for that matter.
The La Mesa Village Merchants Association delayed the traditional first-Thursday-in-June start of the annual car show because it didn't have the funds to cover the costs the city charges them for shutting off streets and supplying extra security.
That has caused some frustration for car owners from throughout East County who turn the quaint avenue into a weekly American Graffiti scene and use the gatherings as a reason to sit on a street with friends and chat.
In a moment of bravery, these car owners said they're coming back every Thursday anyway. It'll be car show untethered, which, it turns out, looks a lot like car show tethered.
The show, it turns out, must go on.