At the 9th annual Easterns Automotive Group Redskins Rides Show, fans had the opportunity to see their favorite players, while also checking out 150 spectacular rides.*
Combine the Redskins, Redskins fans and cars, and what do you get?
The Washington Redskins and Easterns Automotive Group hosted the ninth annual Redskins Rides event Aug. 27, 2016, at the Inova Sports Performance Center at Redskins Park in Loudoun County, Va.
A very happy Kirk Cousins and a fantastic event.
At the 9th annual Easterns Automotive Group Redskins Rides Show on Saturday afternoon, Cousins and other Redskins players joined football and car fans alike at the Inova Sports Performance Center at Redskins Park in Loudon County, VA for a car show. The event featured 150 cars parked on the astro turf practice field, on display for the fans in attendance to see and to also be judged in the contest.
"It's a great combination of two things I love, football and cars. Such a great event, great job by Easterns putting it on each and every year. … I love cars, I'm a car guy. I may have to find a way to sneak down there and look at some myself." Cousins said. "I do have a hankering to get a car. I get a lot of talk about driving a conversion van, but really I actually like the fast cars, so maybe someday I'll have to get one. We'll see."
The car event is unique in that it is not tailored to one type of car. Redskins Rides featured a variety of automobiles, including classics, exotics and customs, which only add to what makes the day a special opportunity.
Dozens of trophies were awarded, including the automobile with the most Redskins spirit, which was awarded to a car, decked out in everything Washington, even displaying the Redskins logo and colors on the exterior.
"We have a really amazing and unique partnership with the Redskins and I think its part of our identity, the Redskins, and you can honestly say part of the DMV identity is this Easterns and Redskins connection," Joel Bassam, Director of Marketing at Easterns Automotive, said. "This car show is something that we started out as a funny idea that we just popped the question. And we were doing it in the parking lot with 50 cars and 500 people and its grown into this massive event where we get almost 5000 people, 150 cars."
Along with the car show, Saturday's events featured a Redskins themed Corvette being given away courtesy of the Purple Heart Foundation and a variety of activities for kids.
Numerous Redskins players also made appearances to sign autographs and meet the many fans that came out.
"I think it's an enjoyable event, mixing Redskins football fans and car fans at the same time," cornerback Bashaud Breeland said. "It brings energy and lets us know we are loved."
The partnership between the Redskins and Easterns Automotive also gave fans an opportunity to walk on the team's practice field. Part of the success of the day comes from being able to combine these experiences into one afternoon, something that is rare.
"As far as we know, all the research we've done, no one else, no other NFL franchise is crazy enough to let people have car shows on the practice field so, it's a unique thing," Bassam said. "It's fantastic. Redskins and Easterns it's like a match made in heaven. … The DMV loves the Redskins, the DMV loves Easterns, (and) it's a great match."
And for Cousins, as he is getting ready for the season to begin, there is no better way to be reminded of the love the fans have.
"It's just a tremendous support," Cousins said. "They always have and always will be great fans and just cheer us on through thick and thin. It's fun to be able to meet and greet them. It reminds you of their support and why you work so hard."