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Martinsburg’s set for annual Cruise Night and Car Show

Posted on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 12:24 pm

Cars from the 2012 Cruise Night in Martinsburg.

Cars from the 2012 Cruise Night in Martinsburg.

Martinsburg will be welcoming spring on Friday, April 25, with the annual Cruise Night and Car Show.  Martinsburg Area Community Betterment Council will host the eleventh annual event from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.  While it might be a bit early in the season for the true car show enthusiasts, the get-together is sure to invoke some spring fever in local contenders.  Spectators are invited to stroll the downtown area or enjoy the view from the sidelines as participants cruise through town.  After such a dreary winter, the Community Betterment committee hopes all might enjoy a visual and fun way to start out spring.
A well-loved Friday night event, Martinsburg Cruise Night is a casual gathering of community and car show fans.  Ogle some beautiful cars and check out the scene. Hopefully, the weather will be perfect for cruising and being outdoors.  Fantastic looking rides will line First and Washington Streets, with plenty of drivers and spectators hanging out to enjoy the night.  Appreciate a variety of rides as there may be cars from many eras represented, with a random sampling of makes and models scattered throughout. Custom vehicles, motorcycles, trucks, street rods, muscle cars, vintage eye-catchers, imports, exotics, and modern muscle cars may round out the inclusive “everyone is welcome” vibe.
Uncover your “Pride and Joy”, put a shine on it, and bring it to Martinsburg.   Don’t forget to register at the Old Jail, where a $15 entry fee gets your vehicle a space in the car show and cruise.  All classes of vehicles are invited to show and dash plaques will be presented to the first 100 registrants.  If you want to find out more about the car show or to pre-register, call 573-492-6446 or 573-492-6488.
Several classes and prizes will be awarded.  Presentation of the awards will be announced prior to the Cruise.  Maiketa Brantley, 2014 Miss Audrain County, will be on hand to present trophies.
Besides vehicles, music and food will be featured.  Musical entertainment will be provided by Music Express’s mobile DJ service.  A menu consisting of burgers, hot dogs, pork loin sandwiches, and fried taters will be offered for sale by Community Betterment.
With the proceeds from the event, the Community Betterment organization hopes to continue their mission of “promoting good community relations in Martinsburg.”   Founded nearly 18 years ago, the Council sponsors Cruise Night as their major fundraising effort to meet expenses related to upkeep of the Martinsburg Community Room, Branch Library building, and various other community undertakings.  Currently, Community Room renovation and Jailhouse restoration are active goals.  Improvements for the Community Room this year have included installation of new flooring and window treatment (shades) will be replaced soon.  Plans for the ‘Old Jail’ include refurbished doors for the structure.
So, come on down and enjoy an evening of cars, music, food, and cooperative spirit at this Rain or Shine event!”  Admission is free for spectators.  Rev up those engines and get cruisin’!