Local clubs host cruise nights for owners, fans of classic cars

The Northern Cruz Car Club is hosting Cruz Night, at 6 p.m. every Thursday at the Gordman’s parking lot, near Culver’s restaurant, on 32nd Avenue South.

Cars on display will be parked in every other space and social distancing is requested, said Marna Kobe, of Grand Forks, activities director for the club.

Anyone who would like to bring a vehicle to show -- a car, truck or motorcycle -- is welcome to participate. Spectators are also welcome.

The Prime Steel Car Club also is hosting Cruise Night every Tuesday through October, weather permitting, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the El Roco parking lot on North Washington Street and Gateway Drive. Social distancing is requested at these events, too.

The Northern Cruz Car Club’s Cruz Night usually attracts cars from the ‘30s and ‘40s and “a lot from the ‘50s and up,” Kobe said. “I drive a 2015 Dodge Viper and my husband has a 2018 Dodge Challenger in ‘plum crazy.’ Muscle cars often have color names like that, or like ‘go mango’ orange.”


The weekly event usually runs until 7:30 p.m. or “as long as people feel like hanging out,” Kobe said. “It’s a very fluid, relaxed kind of thing.”

Owners enjoy talking about their vehicles and answering questions, including those about the mechanics of each model, she said.

In past summers, Cruz Night usually drew from 40 to 60 owners, she said, but in the first couple of Cruz Nights so far this summer, some have been reluctant to attend because of concerns about COVID-19.

“Some in our club would love to come, but they have health concerns," Kobe said.

The Cruz Nights will continue through September.

Pamela Knudson is a features and arts/entertainment writer for the Grand Forks Herald.

She has worked for the Herald since 2011 and has covered a wide variety of topics, including the latest performances in the region and health topics.

Pamela can be reached at or (701) 780-1107.
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