ALEXANDRIA, Virginia (WDVM) – After being pushed back several times due to COVID-19, the annual Old Town Festival of Speed and Style was held in Alexandria on Sunday.
Over 90 vintage and vintage cars on King Street and the market square with a fashion show, live music and street vendors. The festival was a concept by car enthusiast and local business owner Rick Myllenbeck.
“I got the idea that it would be really cool if we could bring some nice cars and share them with the community. That was about four years ago, in May 2019 we had our first event, ”said Myllenbeck.
The event was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic, and although it’s only the second year of the festival, locals have queued to display their cars.
“The word got around that we were doing something special here in Alexandria, so it took care of itself… We had to turn away about 30 or 40 cars,” said Myllenbeck.
Ivan “Drivin ‘Ivan” Katz from Alexandria exhibited one of the cars from his collection. He says it’s a great way for car lovers like him to get together in the community.
“I grew up in Alexandria, went to high school here, so Old Town is special, and I think this event is special too,” said Katz.
Myllenbeck says the event isn’t just a cool auto show – it benefits the Alexandria community.
“It’s a win for the members of the community because they can see these cars up close, it’s a win for the restaurants and shops because those people who look at the cars then go to lunch, and it’s a win Profit for charities as well, ”said Myllenbeck. “It’s a lot of fun and I’m so happy to be able to do this.”
The event was moderated by Burke & Herbert Bank. The Old Town Festival of Speed & Style is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that aims to raise funds for local and national charities.