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Cruise Nite to crowd Downtown Auburn

27th season of the Auburn Cruise Nite classic car show kicks off Friday
By: Andrew DiLuccia, Journal Motoring Editor
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It’s the second week of May and it can only mean one thing — Auburn Cruise Nite is rumbling back into Downtown Auburn. The 27th season of the Auburn Cruise Nite car show fires up at 5 p.m. Friday on Lincoln Way in Downtown. More than 300 cars and trucks and an estimated 3,000 spectators are expected to pack the street for the first show that has drawn as many as 400 cars in years past. “The first one is usually the biggest,” said Auburn Cruise Nite Committee co-chairman Jack Kenny. The particulars for show night are still the same — the event runs from 5 to 9 p.m. and is free to the public and classic car owners. “I just like the fact that it’s a local show that has been going on for 27 years. It’s really been the sponsors that have made it happen,” said Bob Kennedy, co-chairman of the Auburn Cruise Nite Committee. “We have our sponsors who let us keep this a free event to the car owners and the spectators.” Food and beverage will be available on the street and many of the restaurants on Lincoln Way will be open during Cruise Nite. The Auburn Cruise Nite Committee is also tipping its hat to yesteryear by bringing a familiar name to DJ the event, even if it is a newer generation. Nick Macy, the son of Vic Macy, who was the DJ at the first Cruise Nites more than a quarter century ago, will be playing classic tunes from the ’50s and ’60s. Auburn Cruise Nite will also be taking up a cause this year, promoting the American Cancer Society. Representatives of the cancer society will be at all the shows this summer and the Auburn Cruise Nite Committee is currently working on promotions to raise awareness and promote the society’s cause. “I just feel it’s a very important thing — the cure is long overdue and we need to keep working at it,” said Dick Kiger, Auburn Cruise Nite Committee co-chairman. “Everybody has someone that’s been touched by this cancer.” Auburn Cruise Nite is open to pre-1972 cars and trucks and the Cruise Nite Committee will hand out three awards, including “Best Stock,” “Best Modified Stock,” and “Best Modified.” Auburn Cruise Nite runs on the second Friday of the month from May to September, concluding with its Sept. 11 tribute show. “It’s a relaxed atmosphere. People get out there and look at the cars and reminisce,” Kennedy said. Reach the Journal’s Andrew DiLuccia at andrewd@goldcountrymedia.com. __________ Cruise into Downtown What: 27th season of Auburn Cruise Nite When: 5 to 9 p.m., Friday, May 13 Where: Lincoln Way, Downtown Auburn Cost: Free More 2011 show dates: June 10, July 8, Aug. 12, Sept. 9