The 32nd annual Cruise Nite and Car Show ended up taking place on a beautiful, sunny day. The Facebook page of the Jacksonville Cruise Nite Association joked, “Well it looks like all the anti-rain dances and praying has worked.” And, it did. The morning of Saturday, September 17, started off a little cool and overcast, but quickly changed its outlook, giving the spectators, vendors and participants a bright day – just enough to catch some sparkle off of many of the polished vehicles on display at the car show portion of the event, held at Community Park. The evening followed with the “cruise” portion of the event along Morton Avenue.
Joel Buchanan, a member of the Jacksonville Cruise Nite Association had this to say about the event: “We feel our 2016 Cruise Nite was a success again this year. Even though the early morning threat of inclement weather kept some participants away, we still had close to 200 vehicles on display at our show in Community Park that morning. With some rather unusual highlights being a barn-fresh ‘57 Chevy and a unique, almost UFO-looking, 3-wheeled car.”
“The Cruise event that night was one of the largest from recent years. The beautiful weather, live performance from Ran$om, and vendors helped to keep Hardee’s parking lot packed all night with plenty of cool cars cruising up and down on Morton,” Buchanan added.
In summary, Buchanan stated, “Once all the final bills are paid, we hope to donate around $2,000 to our local charities this year! Thank you to everyone who came out to participate and spectate, and of course, all the local businesses that support us.”