San Miguel’s 7th Annual Memorial Day Weekend Cruise Night and Car Show was a blast! Just ask anyone who participated in it or who spent a relaxing day settling in to enjoy all the sights.
Friday Night of the event is always Cruise Night. It hosts all sorts of cars from rat-rods and low-riders to elegant speedsters and sports cars. In order to legitimately participate, cars must line up first at the entry-point on 11th Street. It’s there that participants sign-in for the Cruise and receive their car’s number for the Cruise and the Show. Those who decided to show up only that night without pre-applying should give some thought to not doing so the next time around. Pre-apply next year because all items received on Saturday for the Show and Shine are top quality and you can only get these if you’re in the first 125 to pre-enter. And, while you’re at it, read the “Rules of the Road”, which lets everyone driving know that burn-outs and spin-outs are not appropriate for this event…
But what a huge line-up it was and when the drive began (by 6:30 pm) drivers and their cars made quite a show of it. Indeed, the sidewalks of Mission Street swelled with people who came to our town just to see the spectacle. The Lion’s Club sold out of their wonderful Barbecued Ribs and the Native Sons of the Golden West ran out of hamburgers and ice cream by the end of the cruise. This event is always a great favorite.
Saturday began with a striding Color Guard and everyone rose for the National Anthem. With American Flags waving gracefully from the light-posts on Mission Street, drivers who has once again appeared at the point station, had pre-entered and signed up a Car Show T-shirt, Goody Bag and Dash Plaque and streamed to parking places along the street. Onlookers could see a broad array of classic cars, which were displayed all along Mission Street. Visitors could stroll safely down the carefully barricaded street while checking out glamorous, and oftentimes quirky, automobiles. There were also those who steered clear of the street and chose to wander along the sidewalks to select from some of the delectable dishes offered by a variety of local food vendors. One of the vendors, Linda Mora, past owner of The Country Diner, a long-time denizen of San Miguel, set up a street-side kitchen and outdoor café to the delight of those desiring an all-day menu with ring-side seats to the Car Show. For others, shopping for merchandize at vendor’s booths filled the bill while their children played in the maze of Bounce Houses and music flowed from the Band Stand.
The Car Show and Shine that drew over 190 cars ended by 4pm, but not before a number of cars and their owners received special awards by category of vehicle and San Miguel’s merchant support. Please see some of the winning cars below.
The San Miguel Chamber of Commerce would like to take this opportunity to thank all its Presenters, Sponsors and Vendors for their generous contribution to this wonderful event. We would also like to thank the community of San Miguel for participating and engaging in this as well as all of our other Chamber events. Above all, thanks to every one of you for making this year’s Cruise Night and Car Show and Shine a very special one indeed!