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Cruise Nite closes with salute to 9/11

By: Andrew DiLuccia, Journal Motoring Editor
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Red, white and blue will wrap in with classic metal as the final Auburn Cruise Nite of the 2010 season fires up tonight. In conjunction with the conclusion of the 26th season, the Auburn Cruise Nite committee will present its Sept. 11 tribute show starting at 7 p.m. on Lincoln Way in Downtown Auburn. The tribute, which was spawned out of the national tragedy, was first featured at a Cruise Nite show on Sept. 14, 2001. This is its 10 straight year. “We don’t want people to forget,” said Judy Noren, who will emcee and perform during Friday night’s half-hour show. “And for the young ones coming up, they like to ask questions, so we have to explain it to them. I think it’s very educational.” The program will begin with a flag presentation and will be followed by a video of the attack on the World Trade Center. There will also be an invocation by John Akers of the Placer County Law Enforcement Chaplaincy, Inc., the playing of taps and Noren will perform patriotic and military hymns. Local dignitaries will also be on hand to speak, including county Supervisor Jim Holmes, Auburn Mayor Bridget Powers, Auburn Police Chief Valerie Harris as well as others. Noren has also extended an invitation to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. “I don’t know if it’s going to work,” Noren said in regards to the request. Chairs will be provided for the show, which will take place in front of the Auburn Promenade. “It’s an excellent way to end the (Auburn) Cruise Nite season,” said Jack Kenny, co-chairman of the Auburn Cruise Nite Committee. Along with the tribute show, event organizers expect a large turnout with as many as 300 classic vehicles and thousands of spectators. Awards will be given out for the best vehicles, and Miss Cruise Nite, Alisha Stolze, will parade down Lincoln Way at 6 p.m. The last Cruise Nite of the season runs from 5 to 9 p.m. “We’ve had a good turnout in cars and public this year at all the shows,” said Dick Kiger, co-chairman of the Auburn Cruise Nite Committee. “Overall I don’t think we could ask for much more.” Andrew DiLuccia can be reached at andrewd@goldcountrymedia.com. __________ Auburn Cruise Nite When: 5 to 9 p.m. Friday; Sept. 11 tribute show, 7 p.m. at Promenade. Where: Lincoln Way in Downtown Auburn Cost: Free