PALMDALE – A “flash-mob-style” gathering of car enthusiasts packed the parking lot Tuesday night at the Krispy Kreme doughnut store on Rancho Vista Blvd. in Palmdale.
The so-called “Krispy Kreme Tuesdays” gathering was supposed to be held in Burbank, but the event was moved to Palmdale after the Burbank Empire Center set up barricades to prevent the gathering.
“Krispy Kreme Tuesdays started a while back; it’s just a lot of [people] that are enthusiasts to the car scene. They just want to come [and] look at cars… it’s just a big gathering,” said Leonardo of the So Cal Head Turners Car Club.
Tuesday’s impromptu event in Palmdale drew hundreds of onlookers, and the crowd stayed until around midnight.
The event remained peaceful, with deputies from the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station and officers from the California Highway Patrol standing watch on the outskirts of the parking lot.
Hundreds of people have traditionally shown up for the so-called “Krispy Kreme Tuesdays” gatherings, often overwhelming parking lots and creating traffic nightmares. Krispy Kreme is not affiliated with the events. A 2013 gathering drew as many as 3,500 people and 1,100 cars. Although there were no arrests, officers issued about 100 citations for vehicle code violations.
Organizers have not yet decided where and when the next “Krispy Kreme Tuesdays” will be held.
[City News Service contributed to this report.]