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  • Brad Kernick
  • (cell)308-440-2941


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About 26th Annual Kearney Cruise Nite


Every year in July, the CNAC (Central Nebraska Auto Club) encourages anyone who wants to relive the memories of the “Good Ole Days” along with the love of the classic cars to come and enjoy in the fun. The event “Cruise Nite” is a four day event. Customarily, events are held the third weekend in July (Wednesday thru Sunday.) Cruise Nite begins Wednesday evening with a Classic Car Tour of area Assisted Living & Nursing Homes. Started in 2011, this was a HUGE hit, and added to the annual festivities. This Kickoff event is a “Come as you are” and share your love of classic automobiles with our friends and loved ones.

Thursday evening begins with a get-together BBQ and Show & Shine sponsored by Midway Chevrolet and the Kearney Area Children’s Museum. The Crane River Theatre's production of "Grease Musical" at The Merryman Performing Arts Center completes the evening.

Friday a kick-off BBQ at the Great Platte River Road Archway with oldies music and food and fun starts the festivities. Miss Nebraska 2013 will be at the Hilltop Mall earlier in the day, and at the Archway for the evening festivities. Later in the evening a classic & collectible car auction is held with Rusty Rhynalds, auctioneer at the Buffalo County Fairgrounds.

The fun continues on Saturday morning with the registration of hundreds of classic vehicles that are parked on “The Bricks” in downtown Kearney for all to get up close with. A “LIVE” concert featuring "OK Sister" and other bands perform all types of music all day long at the MONA -Museum of Nebraska Art. Everyone in the surrounding area marks their calendar for this special Saturday to come and see the Show & Shine. Later, when it cools off, a Cruise Nite parade on “The Bricks” is featured. The streets are filled with classic cars and countless spectators taking in the parade.

The Cruise Nite weekend winds down on Sunday with the Hot Rod Reunion/Drag Races at the Kearney Raceway Park, and BBQ & Drinks at the Classic Car Collection near Cabela's.

Behind the entire event is a philanthropic desire is to raise money for numerous charities in the Kearney Area. Among the charities that have benefited from Cruise Nite are: Buffalo County Red Cross, Salvation Army, United Way, Flight for Hero’s, Make A Wish Foundation, Goodfellows, Jubilee Center, City of Kearney Police Department and scholarship for students in Automotive Tech.

Registration is $10 in advance, $15 day of show!

Register online or download the registration form on this page.

Cruise Nite Kearney would not be possible without the help of our corporate sponsors. Please help support Cruise Nite by showing them your support:

1. NRG Media (KGFW & Y102)
2. Midway Auto Group
3. Baldwin Filters
4. Frontier Communications
5. Bosselman's Pump & Pantry
6. Marshall Engines
7. Eaton Corp.
8. U.S. Cellular
9. Graham Tire
10. Sims Shop EZ
11. The Chicken Coop
12. AAA Nebraska
13. NAPA The Parts Store
14. The Cellar Bar & Grill
15. Sahling Kenworth
16. Speedway Motors
17. Turner Body Shop
18. K&K Parts
19. Wal-Mart Stores
20. O'Reilly Auto Parts
21. Kearney Visitors Bureau
22. Big Red Auto Book
23. Eustis Body Shop
24. Yanda's Music
25. Coca-Cola
26. Nebraska Lottery
27. Qdoba Mexican Grill
28. Nebraskaland Dist.
29. Viaero Wireless
30. Dynamic Rides
31. Kearney RV Park
32. Cornwell Tools/terry Voigt
33. Charter Communications

500+ cars expected

Date and Time

Wed Jul 17, 2013 – Sun Jul 21, 2013
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm (CDT)

Event Schedule

Times are shown in US/Central time.

Date Time Description
Jul 13, 2013 7:15 am – 9:30 am 10K race & Kids race. Downtown “The Bricks”. Contact- Dave Brandt (308)-293-1479
Jul 17, 2013 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm “Picnic-Style” meal in Old Town Kearney , Knights of Columbus Hall, 1900 Central Avenue (Nominal cost at door)
Jul 17, 2013 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Classic Car Tour of area Assisted Living & Nursing Homes. Cars Stage south of Kearney High School in parking lot.
Jul 18, 2013 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm Get–together Show & Shine @ Midway Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac. Oldies music, food & drink available. Miss Nebraska 2013 signing Autographs.
Jul 18, 2013 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm “Grease Musical” by Crane River Theater. Merryman Performing Arts Center, 225 W. 22nd St. For tickets call (308)-627-5796 or (308)-698-8052.
Jul 19, 2013 11:00 am – 3:00 pm Miss Nebraska 2013, Signing autographs, Hilltop Mall
Jul 19, 2013 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm Kickoff Show & Shine, Great Platte River Road Archway. Oldies music, Food & drink available. Miss Nebraska 2013 will be present.
Jul 19, 2013 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm Classic & Collectible Car Auction. “Big building” at Buffalo Co. Fairgrounds. Rusty Rhynalds, Auctioneer (308)-832-7407.
Jul 20, 2013 8:00 am – 12:00 pm Registration for Show & Shine. “The Bricks” (Downtown Kearney Center) $10 fee in advance, $15 Day of show
Jul 20, 2013 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Eagle Riders Bike Show & Shine (Eagles Club parking lot & street in front of Eagles. Contact – Doug Bierman (308)-627-6502.
Jul 20, 2013 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Miss Nebraska 2013 signing autographs, “The Bricks” (Downtown).
Jul 20, 2013 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Portable Dyno (Find your car’s horsepower), “The Bricks”
Jul 20, 2013 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm Engine Build Competition by Southeast Community College/Milford “The Bricks”, (Downtown).
Jul 20, 2013 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm Show & Shine, “The Bricks”.
Jul 20, 2013 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm “Carstock”-numerous live bands at MONA parking lot, featuring “OK Sisters” @ approx. 8:00 PM
Jul 20, 2013 4:00 pm – 11:00 pm “Street Grudge Racing” and NAPA “Quick Race” Kearney Raceway Park – East of Kearney
Jul 20, 2013 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Cruise Nite Parade. “The Bricks”
Jul 20, 2013 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm Burnout Contest. Graham Tire Co. (Graham Tire, 5708 2nd Ave West)
Jul 21, 2013 7:30 am – 8:00 am Christian Prayer Service at (Kearney Raceway Park)
Jul 21, 2013 7:30 am – 5:00 pm Drag Races & more at Kearney Raceway Park Contact: Al Simmons (308)-750-2049
Jul 21, 2013 8:30 am – 12:30 pm Time Trials & qualifications at (Kearney Raceway Park)
Jul 21, 2013 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Community Worship Service (Music & Prayer) MONA parking lot
Jul 21, 2013 11:00 am – 4:00 pm Portable Dyno (Find your car’s horsepower) Kearney Raceway Park
Jul 21, 2013 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm BBQ & Drinks @Classic Car Collection (East end of Cabela’s building) Reduced admission Wednesday – Sunday
Jul 21, 2013 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Drag race eliminations at (Kearney Raceway Park)

Location and Map

Downtown Kearney and other locations
Kearney, Nebraska 68847
United States

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