Cruise over to Lincoln Way for classic cars, family fun

May 10 marks return of Auburn tradition since 1984
By: Amy Lobenberg, Journal Correspondent
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Auburn Cruise Nite 2013
When: May 10 through Sept. 13, on the second Friday of each month from 5 to 9 p.m.
Where: Cars years 1972 and older will be lined up along upper Lincoln Way in Auburn.
Cost: Free
Information: (530) 878-7936


The beginning of May marks the return of Cruise Nite, Auburn’s summer-long car show. 
Starting May 10, classic, customized and colorful vehicles will be lined up along Lincoln Way during the evening hours of the second Friday of this month and every month following until Sept. 13. The event offers a chance for both car enthusiasts and local families to enjoy pieces of American history re-imagined and brought back to life.
Cruise Nite only features classics from 1972 and before. Any type of vehicle can attend and entry into the show is free. According to the chairman of Cruise Nite, Jack Kenny, the event is a chance for car lovers to show off their toys.
“Some of the vehicles are custom, some are restored, some need restoring,” Kenny said. “We always have a good turnout and the first show is always the best. It’s a nice evening for families and it does not cost anything. I have seen some classic cars driving around town already. It’s almost summer and people want to take their toys out.”
Cruise Nite has been a popular tradition in Auburn since 1984, this year will be its 29th anniversary. The event is well-known for flooding Lincoln Way with over 300 vehicles and up to 5,000 visitors.
Last year Thomas Wiederhold of Grass Valley won the “Best of Modified Stock” Award for his 1937 Ford Woodie. He is excited to be in the show again this year.
“Everyone at the show is very friendly and helpful,” Wiederhold said. “There are lots of good food options and the event organizers are very nice. I’ll be there again this year and I’m bringing my Woodie.”
According to Wiederhold, his car is modified with speed in mind.
“It’s still stock looking, but has been modified,” Wiederhold said. “In 1937 it had a flathead V8 with 85 horsepower. Now I’m running a 408 with 550 horsepower.”
Proceeds from Auburn Cruise Nite benefit the Auburn Downtown Business Association. Last year’s donations totaled $3,000.
Food offered at the event will include: Maria’s Tacos, California Shaved Ice, What’s Poppin’ Kettle Corn, and Dave’s Dogs and hamburgers.