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Cruising for a cure

Auburn Cruise Nite promotes Auburn Relay for Life
By: Andrew DiLuccia, Journal Motoring Editor
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As Auburn Cruise Nite rolls out its fourth show of the season Friday on Lincoln Way, the summertime auto exhibition is putting some horsepower behind a cause. Along with seeing more than 300 classic vehicles, pre-1972 and older, the 26-year-old show is also highlighting the Auburn Relay for Life event, which raises funds for the American Cancer Society. Gale Tanquary of JR’s Automatic Transmission in Auburn and her Relay for Life team, “Shifting Into Overdrive for a Cure,” will have a booth on Lincoln Way in Downtown Auburn. Tanquary and members of her team will pass out fliers about the upcoming Auburn Relay for Life, which will be held at the Gold Country Fairgrounds in Auburn on Aug. 21-22. Along with informing people about Relay for Life and the upcoming event, Tanquary said people would be accepting donations, and her team will also have plastic pink flamingos, which are used as a fundraising tool. “I’m a strong believer in cancer research. I just feel it’s very, very important. We have to lick this thing,” said Dick Kiger, co-chairman of the Auburn Cruise Nite Committee. “It affects so many people.” Kiger, who has personally made donations to the Auburn Relay for Life, says the plan is to make this annual event a highlight on the Auburn Cruise Nite calendar. “Dick thought this would be a good annual thing and get other (Relay for Life) teams involved and really make people aware that this is going on in the community,” Tanquary said. Along with the Relay for Life booth, the show, which is free to spectators and classic car owners from 5 to 9 p.m., will feature vendors, music and more. Other upcoming Auburn events will also be on hand Friday night, including representatives from the Auburn Funk Box Derby, which will take place on Lincoln Way on Sept. 19. A booth will be set up and two cars that will take part in the derby that features uniquely built vehicles will be on hand. The event is still looking for entries and is offering car-building workshops. Stop by the booth for more information. The Auburn Cruise Nite Committee will also honor three lucky classic vehicle owners with the “Best Stock,” “Best Modified Stock,” and “Best Modified” awards. “We’re looking forward to another good show and a big crowd,” Kiger said. Reach Andrew DiLuccia at andrewd@goldcountrymedia.com. __________ 26th season of Auburn Cruise Nite When: 5 to 9 p.m., Friday Where: Lincoln Way, Downtown Auburn Cost: Free Show open to: Pre-1972 vehicles Future date:Sept. 10 For more information:Dick Kiger (530) 885-4364