Cruise Night Enjoyed in Glendale

The 27th Annual Glendale Cruise Night attracted more than 45,000 car enthusiasts who enjoyed the 350 classic cars on display and cruising.
Photos by Ruth SOWBY


The 27th Annual Glendale Cruise Night was missed by many during the last two pandemic years. On Saturday the wait was over … and it didn’t disappoint. 

Brand Boulevard in downtown Glendale was host to 350 classic cars on display. This year’s show, presented by the Greater Downtown Glendale Association and the Alex, attracted more than 45,000 automotive enthusiasts.

New this year were exotic cars and modified imports. Not to be upstaged were plenty of hot rods, low riders, classic cars, muscle cars and antique vehicles. 

Valencia resident Peter Moreno proudly showed off his electric blue 1939 Pontiac Coupe, which he bought at an estate sale in 1978 for $290. 

Owners Nancy and Peter Moreno of Valencia showed off their 1939 Pontiac Coup at Glendale Cruise Night on Saturday.

Moreno has been going to Cruise Night since it started. 

“This is my favorite show,” he said. “It’s exciting.”

Glendale resident Yvette Kelley is the owner of a 1956 orange Corvette, originally owned by her father Victor Augus. He owned it from 1956 to 2010. The iconic car is featured in a classic print by artist Dana Forrester.       

Glendale resident Yvette Kelley is the owner of a 1956 orange Corvette depicted in an iconic Southern California print by artist Dana Forrester.

Though young, Albert Zeytunyan, 2, is already a car enthusiast. He watched as his dad Migran adjusted his helmet. 

Early arrival at Glendale Cruise Night, car enthusiast 2-year-old Albert Zeytunyan is ready to ride with dad Migran.

“He’s old enough to see the cars,” said Migran. “He loves ambulances, fire engines, police cars … anything that moves.”

In addition to all types of vehicles on display, guests to Saturday night’s event enjoyed information booths and food and drinks that were available for purchase. Once the sun went down, out came the bands on the main stage on Brand and Milford Avenue. Popular were the “smooth” sounds of Santana and “Surfin,’” a Beach Boys tribute band.  Mr. Rock N’ Roll Brian Beirne hosted the entertainment.    

A fireworks finale near the main stage ended the night as guests shared their impressions of all the cars they saw … and made plans for next year’s event.

A colorful skeleton adds whimsy to Saturday’s 27th Annual Glendale Cruise Night.