Classic cars show and shine in Folsom Lake region

Folsom Lake Entertainer
By: Don Chaddock & Krissi Khokhobashvili, Folsom Lake Entertainer
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While many classic car lovers are heading to Reno this month for Hot August Nights, there are still plenty of opportunities to enjoy these chrome-encrusted beauties without hitting the road. Folsom Cappuccino Cruisers Classic Car Club holds their annual ?Graffiti Night, Sizzling on Sutter Street? in Folsom from noon to 7 p.m. Aug. 18. Graffiti Night turns Sutter Street back to the 1960s and this year promoters are also reuniting radio DJs from the era. Ray Marchese, one of the organizers, said they are excited about this year?s show. ?This year we?re looking at spotlighting local car builders,? Marchese said. ?Looking at how many we get, we?ll be putting them in the 600 block of Sutter Street (on the upper end).? He said it?s looking like the event will be popular. ?We expect a good turnout. We already have people registering for the show,? he said. ?This year we?re changing things up and will put The 8 Track band in the Hacienda lot. Our sound booth will have our back to Hop Sing?s Restaurant (in the 800 block). The Re-runs will probably be in the new plaza area (near the Folsom Telegraph office in the 900 block). We?ll have a lot of new picks (for awards) such as the Police Chief pick and City Council pick. ?We have support from some of the merchants,? he said. ?The proceeds from the event will be donated back to local organizations like the Folsom Zoo Sanctuary, Mercy Hospital, Folsom High Wrestling Team and police mounted patrol.? Sutter Street will be closed for the event. ?The only area where there will be through traffic is Sutter and Riley with two uniformed police officers,? Marchese said. ?The event is open to any automobile made prior to 1974 and no motorcycles or that type of stuff. We?ll see cars from all over.? For more information, call (916) 988-6376 or visit If you can?t make it to Graffiti Night, they also hold a car show from 5-9 p.m. every Wednesday through October at the Red Robin on Riley Street in Folsom. Auburn Now in its 28th year, Cruise Nite draws 300 classic cars and thousands of people who love them to four blocks of Lincoln Way in Auburn from 5 to 9 p.m. on the second Friday of each month between May and September. The next scheduled Cruise Nites are Aug. 10 and Sept. 14. The event started in 1984 in the parking lot of Foster?s Freeze, where car aficionados would show off their sweet rides. Now the event packs throngs of residents and visitors alike to Lincoln Way. ?I am just amazed at the quality of cars,? said Cruise Nite co-chair Bob Kennedy. ?They bring them out of the woodwork.? The cars come from far beyond Auburn, as Cruise Nite is a popular draw for car enthusiasts because they don?t have to pay to enter. While a few awards are given, such as Best Stock and Best Modified, the point of the show is to give families and car lovers a fun way to spend their Friday evening. ?You can hardly walk down the street,? said co-chair Jack Kenny, who added that dogs are not allowed at the event, per the event permit from the city. Each Cruise Nite draws thousands of people, organizers said, with the most popular being the kickoff show and the September event, which includes a 9-11 memorial ceremony. The vehicles are from 1972 and older, and the only stipulation is that no motorcycles are allowed. People bring cars, trucks and even vintage fire engines to the show, although organizers request they be informed ahead of time if a vehicle will require more than one parking space. Kennedy said people can expect to see cars as old as Model Ts, and in all stages of restoration. ?Some guys bring their cars down there and the paint?s all faded and rusty,? he smiled. ?We don?t care. We?re not there to judge what they?re driving; we just like seeing the old cars out there on the road.? Still, the majority of the classic cars are in pristine condition, with some so exquisite they hardly ever touch pavement. ?There?s a couple of guys who have really classic cars ? they?ll trailer them, park the truck and trailer on a side street and drive their car in because they?re that restored, that pristine,? Kennedy said. ?Some of these cars, they don?t see the street.? Visitors can enjoy several food vendors, including hamburgers, hot dogs, Mexican food and kettle corn. Pistol Pete?s runs a beer booth, and a DJ will play rock and roll throughout the night. For more information, call (530) 887-1604 or (530) 878-7936. Applebee?s cruise Cappuccino Cruisers is teaming with Applebee?s at 2173 Golden Center Lane, Gold River, from 5-10 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 2, for ?Hot August at Applebee?s? featuring sizzling hot entrees, appetizers and refreshments. There is another one scheduled from 5-10 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 3 at Applebee?s in Cameron Park, 3281 Coach Lane. Expect cruising music, lots of classic cars, awards a raffle and more. For information, call Ray or Chris at (916) 988-6376. Follow Don Chaddock on Twitter @anewsguy or like us at