Blast From The Past

Cruise Night brings car buffs together for food, fun, socializing

Not sure what to do on a Friday night in Cottonwood? How about taking a trip down memory lane to an era when cars were built to last and ruled the road. Remember Packards, Model As and Studebakers? Well, these are just some of the classic cars that may be on display during Cruise Night on Aug. 11.

The Veteran Motor Car Club of America (VMCCA) Central Arizona Chapter kicks off its first Cruise Night of the season Aug. 11, 5-9 p.m., at Hog Wild Restaurant, 705 N. Main St., in Old Town Cottonwood.

Cruise Nights will continue every second Friday night until winter at various venues throughout the Verde Valley.

In addition to a display of antique cars, visitors may see street rods, Mustangs, and more. Bring your own costume wheels for all to admire.

"Anyone interested in cars, all classes and types, are welcome," car club president Don Wolfgarth urges.

Club members hope that this social event will attract younger car enthusiasts.

"It's good for the community and a chance to recruit new members," Wolfgarth adds.

During Cruise Night, one car will be named best of show and the owner of Hog Wild has donated a gift certificate to the winner. In addition, those displaying cars will receive discounts on food.

If you can't attend Friday's gathering, come out Saturday, Aug. 26, 5-8 p.m., when the club holds another Cruise Night at Jerona Gallery & Gifts, a new gallery and coffee/tea bar located across from the Post Office at 677 E. Mingus Ave. in Cottonwood. The gallery will offer food specials to all participants.

Everyone is invited to come and enjoy these free social events. All car enthusiasts are encouraged to stop by and mingle with like-minded buffs. For details, call Don at 646-3482.

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