“Let’s get ‘er started!”


Carl Boivin, a member of the Street Dreams Car Club, called out those words Saturday morning as he held his cell phone and made a Facebook Live post.


Boivin surveyed the dozens of classic cars and trucks, lined up in the parking lot next to Advanced Auto Parts and the former Kroger store. The lineup included a large group of teachers from Brownwood schools whose vehicles were decorated with signs, posters and balloons.


Beat the Street, a unique mobile car show and parade consisting of classics from the Street Dreams and Heartland Cruisers clubs – as well as the teachers and their vehicles – was about to begin.


High powered engines revved impatiently.


“All right, we’re heading out now,” Boivin said, continuing the Facebook Live feed.


Boivin stepped into the street and motioned for oncoming traffic to stop, and drivers wheeled their vehicles out of the parking lot and onto Main Street.


The concept of Beat the Street was simple: remaining in their vehicles, drivers visited dozens of area neighborhoods, nursing homes and apartment complexes where residents had invited them in earlier Facebook posts.


The classics caravan garnered plenty of attention wherever it drove, as delighted spectators waved and called out greetings.


Beat the Street was sponsored by Advanced Auto Parts, the Kiwanis Club of Brownwood and the ARC of Brown County, Boivin said.