Preparations underway for North Platte Cruise Night

Three day even slated for July 9-11
Published: Mar. 5, 2021 at 5:14 PM CST|Updated: Mar. 8, 2021 at 5:40 PM CST
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - The North Platte Cruise Night is returning this July for another event filled with music, family entertainment and all sorts of classic cars.

People will drive their prized vehicles from Utah, Michigan, Illinois and beyond and stream their travels on Facebook Live so everyone can enjoy the journey. The event will feature multiple bands that will perform as well as several celebrity guest appearances, including Gene Winfield, the “King of Kustoms.” Also making an appearance is Motortrend TV personality Dave Kindig of Kindig It Design, who hosts the top rated program on the network.

Mat Fhuere, a North Platte native who owns Mat’s Rods and Restorations in Salt Lake City, serves as the talent coordinator of the event and says this is a way to relive the glory days of driving through his hometown and hopes North Platte can become a go to destination for all fans of car shows.

“Basically cruise night brings back memories from the sixties, seventies, and eighties of cruising North Platte,” said Fhuere. “I come to town to help rob with the car show. They cruise Friday and Saturday night, they’ll have a car show on Saturday. This year we’re going to add a third day and we’re working with people down in white tail and downtown just to see if we can add a third day and do some events there and make it go throughout the entire town. My hope of it, is to turn North Platte into a destination for car show people. I have a shop in Salt Lake City. We do a rally from Salt Lake to here. We had 12 cars last year. Right now, I’ve got 21 cars signed up. We got people from Colorado, from Iowa, from Kansas, even a large group from Omaha are gonna drive here. They’ll have it live on Facebook. We’re trying to make it into an event instead of being a one day car show. We’re going to do a three day event. Ultimately as it grows, North Platte will be a destination of all car people.”

Founder and President of Cruise Night Rob Cappa adds that this event is a great way for the town to raise money.

“We started this cruise night to try and bring revenue into North Platte,” said Cappa. “Everybody just kind of kept coming to us saying ‘hey, we want to cruise,’ it was like, ‘hey let’s start a cruise night.’ we can pull of the same thing Kearney does and Kearney does an awesome job. There’s no reason why we can’t. We started doing this cruise night and then mat came in and basically put steroids into our cruise night. It really helped out. It brings revenue into North Platte and it’s a fun way to do it.”

Festivities kick off Friday, July 9 and will continue through the weekend.

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