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Cruise Nite Activities 2015

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4:00 PM – 6:00 PM “Picnic-Style” meal in Old Town Kearney , Knights of Columbus Hall, 1900 Central Avenue
  6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Classic Car Tour of area Assisted Living & Nursing Homes. Ends at Petersen Sr. Center w/ice cream and Melinda Ferree (Patsy Cline). Cars stage south of Kearney High School in parking lot.


9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Rocky Mountain Drag Week race cars at Kearney Raceway Park “NEW EVENT”
Midway Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac


5:00 PM – 7:30 PM Get-Together Show & Shine at Midway Pre-Owned Car Lot (formerly Killions).  Oldies music, food & drink available.
Merryman Performing Arts Center 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM “Joseph E. Hall” (Elvis) with NEW! Live Backup Band, Merryman Performing Arts Center, 225 West 22nd St. (308)-627-5796 or (308)-698-8052 for tickets.
Kearney Archway 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM Kickoff Show & Shine, Great Platte River Road Archway. Oldies music, Food & drink available.
Video Kingdom 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM Video Kingdom Car Stereo Competition. 3915 Second Avenue
  7:00 PM – 10:00 PM Classic & Collectible Car Auction, Large Expo Building at Buffalo County Fairgrounds. Rusty Rhynalds, Auctioneer (308)-832-7407
  8:00 AM – Noon Registration for Show & Shine. “The Bricks” (Downtown Kearney Centre).  $10 advance registration at with mail-in form. $15 day of show.
  10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Eagle Riders motorcycle free “Park & Shine”. Eagles Club (17 W. 24th St) Parking lot and adjoining street. Stop’s Mobile Bike Dyno. Contact Doug Bierman – (308)-627-6502.
  Noon – 10:00 PM “Carstock” with numerous live bands at MONA lot featuring “Blackberry Winter” at approximately 8:00PM.
  Noon – 4:00 PM Car Show & Shine. “The Bricks”. Portable dyno present.
Kearney Raceway Park 4:00 PM – 11:00 PM “Street Grudge Racing” and NAPA “Quick Race”. Also, featuring Ed “The Outlaw” Jones driving the wheelstanding Jelly Belly Candyland Stagecoach (Spectacular!) On display in the MONA parking lot. Contact Al Simmons (308)-750-2049.
  5:00 PM – 6:30 PM Cruise Nite Parade. Downtown, “The Bricks”
Graham_tire 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM Burnout Contest, Graham Tire, 5708 Second Avenue West
Kearney Raceway Park 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM NHRA Drag Races & more at Kearney Raceway Park Contact Al Simmons (308)-750-2049
  7:30 AM – 8:00 AM Christian Prayer Service at (Kearney Raceway Park)
  8:30 AM – 12:30 PM Time Trials & qualifications at (Kearney Raceway Park)
  1:00 PM – 5:00 PM Drag race eliminations at (Kearney Raceway Park
Classic Car Collection, Kearney NE Noon – 5:00 PM BBQ hosted by 1848 Venture Crew (Civil War re-enactors), Classic Car Collection (East end of Cabela’s). Reduced admission rates all week
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‘Be Safe, Be Smart’ campaign targets Cruise Nite

Buffalo County Community Partners leads coalition

KEARNEY – A Kearney-area community coalition has developed a proactive campaign aimed to increase “safe and smart” behavior during Kearney’s largest community event, Cruise Nite.

Scheduled to take place July 16-20, this community event, with a 27-year history, brings tens of thousands of visitors and Kearney residents to downtown Kearney, all focused on watching classic cars.

be-safe_be-smartThe coalition is focusing on making Cruise Nite and all its associated activities throughout Kearney enjoyable and safe for everyone. Centered around a theme “Be Safe, Be Smart,” the awareness campaign seeks to bring attention to positive behaviors and activities for the event to encourage good decision-making among festival-goers.

The campaign will start small its first year with the introduction of the theme, a logo, and initial education strategies, said Brad Kernick, chair of the Cruise Nite committee and the Central Nebraska Auto Club. The coalition will continue to build year to year and add activities to influence positive behaviors and encourage a “culture shift” toward a safer Cruise Nite atmosphere. Continue reading

Mix Passion, Add Cars: Cruise Nite enjoys this recipe for success

By RICK BROWN Hub Staff Writer
Reposted from Kearney HUB (Saturday, July 20, 2013)

KEARNEY — As the years roll by, Central Nebraska Auto Club battles old age.

“It’s an evolutionary thing in our society, and it’s not unique to car clubs,” said Brad Kernick, president of the Cruise Nite steering committee and member of Central Nebraska Auto Club. “Look at fraternal organizations, service clubs — any of those kinds of things — it’s a constant battle to re-populate your group and keep it vibrant and energized.”

“It’s a controlled environment, and we can allow people to show off their cars in a safe way.”

Brad Kernick, head of Cruise Nite committee

Kernick paused during preparations for Cruise Nite to talk about the history — and evolution — of the club.

“We work hard at that,” he said of the constant efforts to keep Central Nebraska Auto Club relevant and alive. “It’s always something we need to be aware of, that we need to attract new members with new thoughts and new ideas and new energy.” Continue reading

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Cruise Nite Committee

Brad Kernick 308-440-2941
Mick Jahn 308-236-9067
Jerry Erickson 308-440-8731
Steve Harmoney 308-826-3068
Gaylord Peterson 308-440-7826
Riley Bay 308-870-2079
Josh Skiles 308-293-6264

Early Registration

Early Registration for 2015 Cruise Nite Kearney Show & Shine is underway!

You can print and mail your registration to Connie Koch. Pre-Registration deadline is July 12th.  Click here to print a registration form.



Click on the CNAC logo below to visit the "Official Central Nebraska Auto Club" website.