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About Cruise Nite

The 2014 dates for Cruise Nite have been set for July 16-20, 2014.

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Every year in July, the CNAC (Central Nebraska Auto Club) encourages anyone who wants to relive the memories of the “Good Ole Days” along with the love of the classic cars to come and enjoy in the fun. The event “Cruise Nite” is a four day event.  Customarily, events are held the third weekend in July (Wednesday thru Sunday.)  Cruise Nite begins Wednesday evening with a Classic Car Tour of area Assisted Living & Nursing Homes.  Started in 2011, this was a HUGE hit, and added to the annual festivities.  This Kickoff event is a “Come as you are” and share your love of classic automobiles with our friends and loved ones.

The annual events kick-off “Picnic Style” on Wednesday evening in Old Town Kearney.  This years events are hosted by Kearney’s Knights of Columbus at the KOC Hall, 1900 Central Avenue.  The picnic is scheduled for 4:00-6:30 pm.  Following the picnic car collectors are invited to participate in the Classic Car Tour to area Assisted Living and Nursing Homes.  Participants should stage their cars in the large parking lot south of Kearney High School.  Cars will follow a scheduled parade route visiting Kearney’s senior residents.  This has become one of the most exciting and enjoyable events.

Thursday evening begins with a get-together Show & Shine sponsored by Midway Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac.  Oldies Music, Food & drink will be available.  Miss Nebraska 2014 is scheduled to be on hand for photos and to sign autographs.  A “Kahuna Beach Party Band” will perform live at The Merryman Performing Arts Center, 225 W. 22nd to complete the evening.  Tickets are available by calling (308) 698-8052.

Miss Nebraska 2014 will appear at Kearney’s Hilltop mall  between 11:00 am – 3:00 pm Friday.  The “Kick-Off Show & Shine at the Great Platte River Road Archway with oldies music and food and fun starts the festivities. Miss Nebraska 2014 is scheduled to be on hand for photos and to sign autographs.  The annual Video Kingdom Car Stereo competition will be held at Video Kingdom, 3915 N. 2nd Avenue 5:00-11:00 pm.  Later in the evening a classic & collectible car auction is held with Rusty Rhynalds, auctioneer at the Buffalo County Fairgrounds, (308) 832-7407.

The fun continues on Saturday morning with the registration of hundreds of  classic vehicles that are parked on “The Bricks” in downtown Kearney for all to get up close with. A “LIVE” concert featuring “Carstock”, local cover bands, and groups perform all types of classic music all day long at the MONA -Museum of Nebraska Art, featuring “Bases Loaded” at 8:00 pm.  “Street Grudge Racing” and NAPA “Quick Race” featuring the Rocky Mountain Superchargers begins at 4:00 pm at Kearney Raceway Park.  Contact Al Simmons (308) 750-2049 for more information.  Everyone in the surrounding area marks their calendar for this special Saturday to come and see the Show & Shine. Later, when it cools off, a Cruise Nite parade on “The Bricks” is featured. The streets are filled with classic cars and countless spectators taking in the parade.  Don’t forget the burnout competition at Graham Tire on north 2nd avenue beginning at 7:00 pm, 5708 2nd Ave.

The Cruise Nite weekend winds down on Sunday with the Hot Rod Reunion/Drag Races at the Kearney Raceway Park.

Behind the entire event is a philanthropic desire is to raise money for numerous charities in the Kearney Area. Among the charities that have benefited from Cruise Nite are:  Buffalo County Red Cross, Salvation Army, United Way, Flight for Hero’s, Make A Wish Foundation, Goodfellows, Jubilee Center, City of Kearney Police Department and scholarship for students in Automotive Tech.

Over the years Cruise Nite has showcased Model A & Model T classics from the turn of the century through the 20’s, 30’s, 40’s and countless cars from the 1950’s.  You’ll see Chevrolet, Ford, Pontiac, Oldsmobile,  Plymouth, Studebaker, Rambler, AMC, Mercury, Lincoln, Javelins, Mercedes, Austin Healey, and of course many Thunderbird’s and Corvettes, plus many more makes and models.

Cruise Nite Kearney would not be possible without the help of our corporate sponsors.  Please help support Cruise Nite by showing them your support.  Click on their logo scrolling across the bottom of this page to visit their website.  Please tell them “Thank You for supporting Cruise Nite Kearney” when you are in their businesses.