You see them on the road, those 1970s classic, customized Chevrolets with the big rims.
Now there’s an event dedicated to the cars known as “donks.”
The third annual Donk Day 2017 will be from 2 to 10 p.m. May 20 at the Mana Wynwood event venue in Miami’s Wynwood arts district. People can come and marvel at the rows of donks, or they can bring their own.
“They are so popular because Miami is the birthplace of the donk,” said event organizer and car enthusiast Harry Similien. The North Miami resident runs a website called donkplanet.com, which features photos, videos, shirts and calendars about the cars.
Donks are defined as Chevy Impalas and Caprices from 1971 through 1976. Car enthusiasts find these vehicles online or in junkyards, and restore their engines, customize the wheels and add new sound and brake systems.
“These cars are getting hard to find,” said Similien, who drives a bright orange 1971 Chevrolet Impala. “The fact that people are finding them means they are going to great extremes to locate these vehicles.”
The popularity of the cars has expanded beyond South Florida and become part of pop culture. Rapper Pitbull and singer OMI have featured the vehicles in music videos. Former Miami Heat basketball player LeBron James was known to drive around Miami in a purple donk. And the 2016 Academy Award-winning movie, “Moonlight,” which was shot in Miami, featured a light blue donk driven by actor Mahershala Ali.
Donk Day 2017 is set for 2 to 10 p.m. May 20 at the Mana Wynwood, 2217 NW Fifth Ave., Miami. The event will include music and food vendors. Cost is $20 to attend and $40 to showcase your vehicle (cars, trucks and motorcycles of all types are also welcome). For more information, call 786-520-1444 or email email@example.com.