By Jason KUROSU
Classic cars will once again line the streets of Glendale for Cruise Night 2015, the 22nd annual event that is a must-see for Southern California car enthusiasts.
On Saturday, July 18 from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., hundreds of pre-1980 cars will be on display, filling Brand Boulevard with an array of cars from different eras and across the spectrum of makes, models and applications.
The event is open to all ages and admission is free.
Onnig Bulanikian, Community Services manager, said that currently 280 cars are registered for the event, but that more than 350 are expected by next week.
Along with the usual complement of classic hotrods, sports cars and motorcycles, new additions to this year’s lineup of cars will include a classic AAA tow truck and classic vehicles from the California Highway Patrol, said Bulanikian. As usual, trophies will be handed out by department heads from the city of Glendale who will award their favorite Cruise Night entries.
Cruise Night 2015 will also feature hundreds of sponsor booths and live music at the corner of Brand and Milford Street, hosted by longtime K-EARTH 101 DJ Brian Beirne, “Mr. Rock and Roll.”
Legendary Orange County surf rock band, The Chantays, of “Pipeline” fame, will perform on the main stage. Among the Chantays’ accomplishments and honors are induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, being honored at Hollywood’s Rock Walk, having a street named after them in their hometown of Santa Ana (Chantays Way) and “Pipeline” reaching No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 list in 1963.
Jumping Jack Flash, so named after the 1968 hit song, will offer a tribute to the Rolling Stones, drawing from a wide selection of the Stones’ greatest hits and recreating the look and feel of the Rolling Stones.
Southern California based Smooth…Sounds of Santana will cover songs spanning legendary guitarist Carlos Santana’s 40-year career. The self-proclaimed No. 1 North American Santana tribute band features the wide variety of instrumentation at Carlos Santana’s disposal, including keyboards, bass, drums, timbales, congas, and of course, Santana’s iconic Paul Reed Smith guitar.
A fireworks spectacular will also take place toward the end of the night, the second such display in as many years at Cruise Night. The fireworks display will be behind the main stage at Brand and Milford.
The city will also be promoting pedestrian safety at the event, handing out safety lights and bicycle reflectors at its Pedestrian Safety Booth. A free nursing station will also be available, hosted by the Healthcare Foundation of the Glendale Adventist Medical Center/CHLA Kids.
“We estimated 30,000 in attendance last year and expect the same if not more this year,” said director of Communications & Community Relations Tom Lorenz.
Nearly 50,000 people attended Glendale Cruise Night in 2014.
For more information on Cruise Night, call the Cruise Night hotline at (818) 548-6464. Cars may be registered at the Glendale Civic Auditorium at 1401 N. Verdugo Road. Online vehicle entry forms are also available at www.glendalecruisenight.com. Prospective registrants may also call (818) 548-2752. On-site registration will be available on the day of the event. Entry fee for registrants is $40.
Cruise Night is hosted by the city of Glendale, in conjunction with the Downtown Glendale Association and presented by the Economic Development Corporation.