Martinsburg area residents enjoyed vehicles of all ages, a cruise, music, and food during the 10th Annual Martinsburg Cruise Night held on Friday, April 26. The event was hosted by the Martinsburg Area Community Betterment.
Miss Audrain 2013 Morgan Lockowitz also was scheduled to make an appearance.
Musical entertainment was provided by the DJ service Music Express.
A Poker Run was new to this year’s event. It began at the Old City Jail at noon before meeting again at the finish line at 4 p.m.
This year’s winners included:
Poker Run – 1) Jim Stevenson; 2) Bob Mette; 3) Greg Fennewald
Car Show Presentation, awarded by Circle of Friends Club – 2005 Mustang, owned by J.R. Robinett, Auxvasse
Best Motorcycle – 2010 Streetguide, owned by Craig Fennewald, Martinsburg
Best Camaro – 1967 Camaro, owned by Tom Hudson, Mexico
Best Mustang – 2005 Mustang, owned by J.R. Robinett, Auxvasse
Best Car – 1939 Dodge, owned by Ken Masters, High Hill
Best Racecar – 1971 Dodge Dart, owned by Steve Arens, Martinsburg, and Richard Ham, Wellsville
Best Muscle Car – 1973 Camaro, owned by Don Wingfield, Warrenton
Best Truck – 1975 Ford F250, owned by Ron English, Auxvasse
History of the Cruise Night
A cruise and car show made perfect sense as a way to raise money when the “Last burger was served at the Old Tavern.” After a fire destroyed the Branding Iron Restaurant, a celebration was planned to mark the successful cleanup of the lot located at the corner of Washington and Main (now the home of Bruce Boyes). The local Betterment Council envisioned a gathering of the community to enjoy one last hamburger at the local tavern with a backdrop of a car show and an appearance by Elvis. From that successful evening, the Cruise Night has become a Martinsburg tradition.
The proceeds from the Car Cruise and Poker Run are to help Martinsburg Area Community Betterment in “promoting good community relations in Martinsburg.”
The Council was founded in 1997 when Martinsburg Bank donated the building now known at the Martinsburg Branch Library and Community Room.
Cruise Night has become the group’s major fundraising effort to meet the expenses related to the upkeep of the building and various other community undertakings. Previous projects for the Council have included new playground equipment at the City park, Jailhouse restoration, hosting a “trunk or treat” for Halloween 2012, and hosting an Art and Home Tour in January 2013.