DANVILLE -- Car junkies from all across the region converged July 17 on the streets of downtown Danville to ogle a fleet of hot rods and rare roadsters that lined Hartz Avenue.

A Danville summer tradition, the legendary car festival in its 20th year drew thousands of people to the quaint downtown streets. It was the first of two free summer shows, the second of which will be held downtown from 4 to 9 p.m. Aug. 14.

Visitors wandered from car to car, their eyes lighting up as if discovering a parade of dream jalopies that they couldn't help covet. The event also is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Mustang and the Pontiac GTO's debuts by inviting owners of such cars from all years to show off with their prized wheels.

Oskar Eriksson, 2, of Danville, rides in his Radio Flyer car while walking with his parents during the Hot Summer Nights Car Show in Danville, Calif., on
Oskar Eriksson, 2, of Danville, rides in his Radio Flyer car while walking with his parents during the Hot Summer Nights Car Show in Danville, Calif., on Thursday, July 17, 2014. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

As in previous years, live bands and entertainment beckoned visitors to dance in the streets. Food vendors hawked their delicacies to festivalgoers, while sidewalk cafes and eateries, shops and boutiques were open for visitors to enjoy.

And at Linda Mesa and Hartz avenues, Jungle James Animal Adventures was expected to show off an assortment of friendly reptiles for kids and families to enjoy -- including family favorite and a showstopper last year, a live 100-plus- pound turtle named Tank. For details, visit www.danvillehotsummernightscarshow.com.

Contact Joyce Tsai at 925-847-2123. Follow her at Twitter.com/joycetsainews.


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Visitors walk along Hartz Ave. as they enjoy looking at cars  during the Hot Summer Nights Car Show in Danville, Calif., on Thursday, July 17, 2014. (Jose
Visitors walk along Hartz Ave. as they enjoy looking at cars during the Hot Summer Nights Car Show in Danville, Calif., on Thursday, July 17, 2014. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)


People walk past a 1957 Chevy Bel Air during the Hot Summer Nights Car Show in Danville, Calif., on Thursday, July 17, 2014. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area
People walk past a 1957 Chevy Bel Air during the Hot Summer Nights Car Show in Danville, Calif., on Thursday, July 17, 2014. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)