Rain dampens first Cruise Nite, but not enthusiasm


By Barb McKay

Rain didn’t deter true vintage car enthusiasts from coming downtown Friday to check out the first Cruise Nite of the year.

Scott Nicholson, left, with sons Jamie and Chris, entered his 1948 Ford truck Friday evening. He has been showing the truck, which has just 11,000 original miles, at Cruise Nite since 2011. It was restored for his daughter's wedding. Nicholson also had his beautiful red 1952 MG to show. (Barb McKay photo)


Wayne Palmateer, one of the organizers of the summer event, said there were only about half the entries that there is typically on Cruise Nite, but the downtown was still packed with people who wanted to see the wide variety of classic cars, trucks and sports cars.

Palmateer said it is the first time the event has experienced rain in nine years.

“We used to do it the May 24 weekend, but we changed it because of bad weather and since then we’ve had good weather, until now.”

On a good weekend, Cruise Nite can attract upwards of 350 cars, trucks and bikes from all over Ontario.

As in previous years, vehicle owners who register at Cruise Nite receive a ballot for a chance to win 600 Cruise Nite Bucks, redeemable at any sponsor location. The winner will be drawn on the final Cruise Nite of the season - Aug. 30.

This year, those who register have a chance to win any number of prizes, including one of 20 high-quality tartan car blankets that will be given out randomly at each event. As well, this year, a roving Cruise Nite reporter will make announcements during the events and interview vehicle owners.

The next Cruise Nite will be held downtown Kincardine on Aug. 2.