BILLINGS – A warm late summer evening contributed to what organizers say may have been the largest ever Burn the Point parade in Billings Friday night.
Car owners brought a record 549 vehicles onto the main downtown parade route, according to the event’s co-organizer Ron Duty.
Duty said he cannot give a number, but it looked to him like the biggest crowd ever with people from all over Montana and out of state.
The annual Burn the Point is a fundraiser for the Chase Hawks Memorial Foundation.
The parade draws drivers of all ages, including some who cruised downtown Billings in the 50s and 60s.
“It just kind of gets in your blood,” said Don Kunkel, who drove his 1956 Chevrolet Corvette in the parade. “And if you’re a car guy- some people like different things and I like cars. Thinking back 50 years and say, ‘hey this is Burn the Point again.’ Brings back a lot of memories.
“A lot of fun,” said Dalton Weiss, owner of a 2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. “Especially when you get to look at other people’s cars too, make, model and what they got under the hood.”
“Camaraderie of having an older car and its history,” said Kim Koenig, owner of a 1966 Chevrolet Corvette. “And I like seeing all the other cars and I want to see if there’s another moss port green out there (Corvette). Bet there isn’t.”
Many of the owners will put their cars on display at the Burn the Point Classic Car Show, starting at 10 a.m. Saturday at the MetraPark Fairgrounds.