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Tens of thousands of people came to the Frances Langford Promenade and other parts of downtown Lakeland today to enjoy the Lake Mirror Classic auto festival. In 17 years, the show has grown from 100 cars to more than 600 autos, motorcycles, boats and even vintage bicycles.

We asked Ford Heacock, founder of the event, about the vintage Jaguar he was wiping down after a pre-show rain this morning.

He also talked about some festival highlights:

And a flashback from September:

Ford Heacock tells downtown businesses this will be the last year he’s sponsoring the Lake Mirror Auto Classic. #lkld

— Lkld Now (@LkldNow) September 7, 2016

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Barry Friedman founded in 2015 as the culmination of a career in print and digital journalism. Since 1982, he has used the tools of reporting, editing and content curation to help people in Lakeland understand their community better.

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