The 2020 dates for Cruise Nite have been rescheduled for October 13-18, 2020.
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. In 2019, the event “Cruise Nite” will be a SIX-day event. Customarily, events are held the third weekend in July, in 2020 dues to the COVID-19 Pandemic the event has been moved to October. Cruise Nite begins Tuesday evening with the Show & Shine event at BluePrint Engines Plant (2915 Marshall Ave). The event runs from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. There will be food trucks on site. Accepting employment applications. Sorry, NO tours due to Covid-19.
Then the events continue on Wednesday evening, 5:00 – 7:00 pm with the Classic Car Tour to area assisted living and nursing homes including Nebraska Veterans Home. Participants should stage their cars in the large parking lot south of the new First Baptist Church (3610 6th Ave., Old Kearney High School). Cars will follow a scheduled parade route visiting Kearney’s senior residents. Tour concludes driving through the Petersen Senior Center parking lot. No inside activities.
Thursday evening begins, 5:00 – 7:30 pm with a get-together Show & Shine sponsored by Midway Auto Outlet (515 2nd Ave.) Oldies music and a food truck will be on site. The evening continues, 8:00 – 10:00 pm with “Bases Loaded” playing at the Kearney Eagles Club, 17 W. 24th. $10 admission. Face masks recommended.
The “Show & Shine at the Buffalo County Fairgrounds parking lot (3807 Ave N) with oldies music and food and fun start the festivities on Friday, 5:00 – 7:00 pm. The annual classic & collectible car auction is held with Rusty Rhynalds, the auctioneer at the Buffalo County Fairgrounds Expo Building (Big Building), Call Rusty (308) 832-7407 for information. The activities run from 7:00 to 10:00 pm. Face masks recommended.
All the builds to a crescendo on Saturday. Morning registration begins at 8:00 for hundreds of classic vehicles parked on “The Bricks” in downtown Kearney for all to get up close with, through 4:00 pm.
2020 exhibitors will be able to speed up the registration process by pre-registering their vehicles online at https://cruisenite.org/register-online/. The always popular Eagle Riders Bike Show (10:00 am- 4:00 pm). The Annual Cruise Nite Parade will begin, 5:00 pm at Railroad & Central and proceed north to Good Samaritan CHI. The streets are filled with classic cars and countless spectators taking in the parade around the downtown area in their lawn chairs. Don’t forget the burnout competition, 6:00 – 8:00 pm at Graham Tire on north 2nd Ave, (5708 2nd Ave.)
The Cruise Nite weekend winds down on Sunday Show & Shine at Classic Car Collection (east end of Cabela’s building, 3600 US-30). A nominal entry fee includes free admission to Classic Car Collection. Trophies awarded. Hamburger and hot dog meals available. Hosted by UNK Wrestling Team.
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 ’20s, ’30s, ’40s, and countless cars from the 1950s. 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 visit the sponsor’s page on our website and say “Thank-You” for supporting “Cruise Nite Kearney” when you are in their businesses.