Auburn Cruise Nite closes with remembrance

Car show closes 24th season by honoring Sept. 11 victims
By: Andrew DiLuccia, Journal Motoring Editor
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For 24 years the Auburn Cruise Nite car show hasn’t missed a date — even after Sept. 11, 2001. Organizers then said the show would go on. And even though the patriotic act for that night, which was scheduled before the events of Sept. 11, didn’t show, Cruise Nite patrons took it upon themselves to honor the fallen just three days later, on Sept. 14, 2001. Tonight, from 5 to 9 p.m., the Auburn Cruise Nite Committee will wrap up its 24th season on Lincoln Way in Downtown Auburn, and continue the tradition that was started seven years ago by honoring the victims of Sept. 11 and the servicemen and women of the United States with a ceremony at 7 p.m. “Bottom line is we don’t want anyone to forget 9/11,” said Jack Kenny, co-chairman of the Auburn Cruise Nite Committee. “In my opinion, it was just as bad as Pearl Harbor, even worse because it was against civilians.” Among the 300 cars that are expected to be showcased at the event, which is free to the pubic and classic vehicle owners, a ceremony at the Auburn Promenade will take place from 7 to 7:30 p.m. Auburn’s Judy Bacon will sing patriotic songs and be supported by a keyboardist and a vocal group. Invited to attend the ceremonies are representatives from the Auburn Police Department, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office, veteran’s groups, the California Highway Patrol and the Civil Air Patrol. Terry Crouson, commander of the Auburn Area Honor Guard, will supervise the presentation of the colors, and Placer County Law Enforcement Chaplain Terry Morgan will perform an invocation. Along with the ceremony, small American flags will be put on all the pre-1972 classic vehicles at the show, and dash plaques will be given out to the first 200 cars and trucks. Miss Cruise Nite, Alisha Stolze, will be in a small precession at 6 p.m. to thank patrons and vehicle owners for attending the 24th season of Auburn Cruise Nite, and invite them to return for the show’s 25th anniversary season. “We’re looking forward to planning that,” Dick Kiger, co-chairman of the Auburn Cruise Nite Committee, said about the 25th season. “It’ll be bigger and better. Twenty-five years as an organization, I think that’s quite and accomplishment.” Attendees of the last Cruise Nite of the year will be treated to music and plenty of street vendors offering food and drink. There will be several awards handed out at the show, including “Best Stock,” “Best Modified,” “Best Modified Stock,” and sponsor Warehouse Paint’s “Best Paint” award. “I think it (2008 season) has been fantastic,” Kenny said. “The turnout, the feelings for the cars, people just love to see these old cars.” The Journal’s Andrew DiLuccia can be reached at, or post a comment at