The Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum is hosting cruise nights every Wednesday night from 6 p.m to 8 p.m in Depot Town starting June 8 to the end of August. Tickets are required upon entry.
Cruise Night is an event where anyone can showcase their car. All community members are allowed, but classic cars or Hot Rods are preferred. The event is open to all who are interested in attending. There will also be raffles, hula hoop contests for kids, restaurants, and shops will be open, and vendors will be present selling various specialty items such as jewelry.
Cross Street will be closed off for this event, however, the rest of downtown will not be affected.
The event will be large, with around 150-200 people coming every week to showcase their cars and spectators coming to view the cars at the beginning of the season. Towards the peak of the summer, around 300 people, not including spectators, come every week to showcase their cars.
Cruise Nights are a wonderful time to learn about classic cars and to have a fun time with family and friends. Classic car owners love to talk about their cool rides and are happy to answer any questions visitors may have.
“It’s a lot of different things… I think it's a fun event and that’s what draws people” said David Callanan, an organizer of Cruise Nights.
Although this event is filled with fun activities for people to enjoy, it also has a deeper meaning. This event is meant to inspire both the younger generation and the older generation to tell their stories. Anyone may see a cool car on the street, but 9 times out of 10, there is a story not only about the car, but about the owner. With Cruise Nights, dozens of people share their stories every week with the intention of inspiring others.