Mathews Court House is expected to be a sea of cars this Saturday as the Chasing Pavement Vintage Automotive Festival comes to town.
Gwynn’s Island residents Mac and J.C. Casale, owners of the Vintage Gallery on Main Street (formerly Christie Chevrolet), started planning a year ago for the festival, to be held from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday throughout downtown. The day will end with a benefit concert by the rock band Blessid Union of Souls from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Mathews High School.
The day-long festival will feature up to 400 classic and exotic cars, supercars, hot rods, restomods, American and European cars and trucks, and vintage race cars, with a wide variety of makes and models represented.
Entertainment will include a live remote by Bay FM 101.7 from 11 a.m. to noon, music and a live stage act by the Shotgun Blues Brotherhood on the main stage on Brickbat Road from noon to 1 p.m., and the Richmond band Third Wave with Jimmy Buffett- and Beach Boys-style music from 1-2 p.m. on the lawn in front of the White Dog Inn (also owned by the Casales) on Church Street.
There will also be vendors of crafts, food and refreshments, said Mac Casale, and the entire event will be filmed for a television special on Vintage TV.
Trophies will be presented in at least 20 classes at 4:30 p.m., said Casale, followed by the signature concert by Blessid Union of Souls. The group is best known for the 1995 hit "I Believe," for which it won a platinum record. That success was followed by a string of top-20 hits in the late 1990s, including "Oh Virginia," "Let Me Be the One," and "Light in Your Eyes."