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About Cruise Nite

The 2018 dates for Cruise Nite have been set for July 17-22, 2018.

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 2018, the event “Cruise Nite” will be a five day event.  Customarily, events are held the third weekend in July.  Cruise Nite begins Tuesday evening with a NEW event in 2018 at BluePrint Engines (2915 Marshall Ave) for a Show & Shine.  The event runs from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  Food trucks will be available.

Then the events continue on Wednesday evening with the kick-off “Picnic Style” meal in Old Town Kearney.  This years events are hosted again by Kearney’s Knights of Columbus at the KOC Hall, 1900 Central Avenue.  The picnic is scheduled for 4:00-7:00 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. The tour will conclude at the Petersen Sr. Center at Yanney Park.  This has become one of the most exciting and enjoyable events.  Wednesday evening with a Classic Car Tour of area Assisted Living & Nursing Homes. 

Thursday evening begins with a get-together Show & Shine sponsored by Midway Auto Outlet.  Oldies Music, Food & drink will be available. Joseph Hall – “Elvis, Rock & Remember”, Merryman Performing Arts Center. 225 W. 22nd St. (308)-698-9287 or for tickets.

The “Get Together Show & Shine” at the Great Platte River Road Archway with oldies music and food and fun starts the festivities, 5:30-7:30 PM Friday.  The classic & collectible car auction is held with Rusty Rhynalds, auctioneer at the Buffalo County Fairgrounds, (308) 832-7407, 7:00 PM- 10:30 PM.

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.  For the time, 2018 join everyone Downtown on the Bricks for the “First Annual Hot Dog Eating Contest” at 1:30-2:30 pm.  Sponsored by Sprockets Famous Freedom Dogs. Across from MONA. Part of proceeds to Kearney Area United Way. Contact Pat (308)-380-4612.

NAPA “Quick Race” and “Sport Grudge Racing” featuring Keith Jackson’s funny car, 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 visit the sponsors page on our website and say “Thank-You” for supporting “Cruise Nite Kearney” when you are in their businesses.