When August arrives, so do the "summer's waning" stories, the kind of articles that make it seem as though leaves will fall from branches in a matter of hours.
Fret not, fans of strong sunbeams and balmy evenings spent outdoors: Summer isn't even half over yet, officially, so you have time enough to pursue a quintessential activity or two.
Riding the asphalt in a decades-old convertible, road trip-style, seems as summery as cubed watermelon, and one of Southern California's biggest summer tributes to vintage autos is just ahead, lending inspiration to those looking to hit the highway while the average temperature remains high.
It's the 6th annual Downtown Burbank Car Classic, and it is free, so feel free to feel good about saving some extra bucks for gas and snacks on any road trips you may want to plan. And plan you likely shall, after you view the retro dream machines parked along San Fernando Road between Magnolia Boulevard and Angeleno Avenue.
The date is Saturday, Aug. 5, which'll be nearing the exact halfway point of summer, and the afternoon-into-lovely-evening affair will include about 150 cool cars, some possibly customized, all definitely stand-out-ish, on display over six big blocks.
Some of the notables? Look to the Red Carpet Expo, where the 1946 Ford convertible from 1978's "Grease," which George Barris, "The King of Kustomizers," customized.
Other film cars'll make a showing, too, including a quartet of vroomers from 2017's "The Fate of the Furious." Prepare to take a closer look at the Letty 66 Corvette, GTX, the Ice Charger, and the blue Subaru BRZ driven by Dom Toretto.
What to do, where to go and what to see
Kindly lending some of the cars for the event? The Petersen Automotive Museum, the Television Motion Picture Car Club, and several other auto-oriented outfits around the region.
Vendors selling lots of items related to car upkeep, car love, and car cool-a-tude'll be out, and the restaurants of Downtown Burbank will be open and buzzing. Deejay tunes? They'll be the rockin' radio element of the auto-fun assembly.
There's still time for that dreamed-of road trip, and there's still time for the rites of summer, like an evening spent among old-school wheels, some of the best of the best, on Aug. 5.