Today (Saturday, August 25) from 4pm to 8pm, outside the Milpitas Community Center, you can catch a gleaming line-up of cars both classic and new (but all classic in their own right), their bold, brilliant reds, blues, oranges, greens, and so on soaking up the sun.

The Hot August Bites event has joined forces with the Veterans Car Show to put on an event featuring not only food and cars, but also live music.

Admission to the public is free. The car owners’ event registration fees all are put to use in support of veterans. Visitors also get to vote on which vehicle they like the best; the one with the most votes gets crowned as the winner.

Walter Burhanz was out with his glimmering burgundy 2015 Corvette, the polished curves of which seemed to throw off sparks of light. “I come to support the veterans,” Burhanz said. He drives his Corvette “almost every day”, and likes it for one simple reason: “It’s fast.”

Indeed, the car goes over 200 miles per hour, but that’s not to say its owner has ever put that fact to the test…

Carolyn Ackerman also appreciates speed. Her 2015 royal blue Mustang was modified by Jack Roush, whose company put a supercharger on it, increasing the vehicle’s power. “That is why we now have 650 horsepower to the rear-end wheels,” Ackerman explained.

“I’ll tell you I’ve had it over 100 [mph], and that’s all I’m gonna tell you,” Ackerman added with a laugh. “And not in California…”

“This is my first Ford. But I love it. I’ve had nothing but fun with it. And it’s my daily driver. To and from work, the grocery store, the laundromat, whatever. It goes everywhere.”

Ackerman and her husband Ed just drove the vehicle back from Michigan, where Roush was holding an open house. Along the journey, she took some spontaneous curves and detours, even stopping to pet a buffalo in Montana.

Her Mustang, by now, has seen a lot. And it’s waiting to be seen, among other beauties, by the Community Center today.

Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro is a writer and filmmaker. He is the author of six critically acclaimed fiction books, among them the novella "It's Only Temporary" (2005), which appeared on Nightmare Magazine's list of the Top 100 Horror Books, and numerous short stories published in anthologies alongside work by H.P. Lovecraft, Ray Bradbury, Stephen King, Chuck Palahniuk, and many others. His nonfiction articles have been published on The Daily Dot, Ravishly, and The Good Men Project. His first feature film, "Rule of 3" (2010), won awards at the Fantasia International Film Festival and Shriekfest, and had its U.S. premiere at Fantastic Fest. His second feature film, "Living Things" (2014), was endorsed by PETA (People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals) and distributed by Cinema Libre Studio. In 2015, he won the 19th Annual Fade In Award for Thriller Screenplays. He was a founding partner of Ghostwriters Central, a writing and editing firm which received positive notices from The Wall Street Journal, Consumers Digest, and the TV program "Intelligence For Your Life." Eric has edited works published on The Huffington Post and Forbes, as well as two Bram Stoker Award-nominated novels.

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