Classic Cars Flock Downtown

Janis Hewitt

    Downtown Montauk has become quite the place to hang out at night. In addition to the Montauk Chamber of Commerce’s free concert series on the green, a group of classic-car lovers has begun meeting in the Kirk Park parking lot, sometimes with up to 25 cars dating from the 1920s.

    George Hear of Montauk started the gatherings after attending one in Amagansett at which he handed out fliers touting the Montauk meet. He said he had purposely planned them for Monday nights to bring more people to the downtown area.
Monday’s fog kept a few of them away, but there parked in spaces on the north side of the lot were a collection of beautifully restored older vehicles, with their owners standing around shooting the breeze.

    Mr. Hear said he knows of only one other classic-car gathering on Long Island, and it’s held on Friday nights UpIsland. “Can you imagine us driving back to Montauk on a Friday night? It would be torture,” he said. He’d like to try to build on the event, which starts at 6 p.m. each week, and plans to invite members of the Montauk Fire Department to drive a fire truck down once in a while. “Kids love to climb all over the trucks,” Mr. Hear said.

    “It’s fun, a real family thing. You get a bunch of motorheads with top-of-the-line cars to show them to people.”