Car enthusiasts looking to get an early start on Somernites Cruise weekend will find several hundred classic and antique cars, muscle cars and street rods at the “Friday Night Thunder” event at Somerset Mall.
The event is quickly growing each month—both in popularity and number of cars registered—since premiering April 25 in a partnership with Wal-Mart.
“We see show cars start rolling in as early as 2 p.m., finding a favorite spot, usually in the shade” said Carol Tucker, Somerset Mall manager. “It’s advantageous for us to ‘front’ the Somernites Cruise weekend when everyone seems to be full of anticipation, ready to end the work week.”
Wal-Mart assistant manager Shannon Woodall echoed the sentiment.
“The event is well-organized and is being well-received. We had 401 cars register with us in April and 467 in May, but likely missed 50 or more coming in later. I expect to see over 500 show cars here Friday night.”
This month’s theme is “Chevelle Showdown,” which also includes Malibus and El Caminos in recognition of their 50th Anniversary.
“Look for these models at the mall and in the spotlight Saturday downtown. Everyone can get a close-up look at the Somernites Cruise raffle car Friday night at the mall, an orange and white custom ‘67 Chevy Camaro SS and it’s really sharp” Woodall said. “The cruise team will be here again, selling tickets, t-shirts and Somernites souvenirs.”
Somernites Cruise President Jeff Girdler talked up June’s Ultimate Door Prize.
“It’s a custom ‘86 Chevy Camaro Z28 with T-tops, orange and white and sweet! Tickets for this prize will be sold downtown at Somernites’ Show & Shine Saturday.”
Blue Bell Ice Cream will bring a special treat Friday Night—free cups of ice cream and fruit bars.
“You won’t have to scream for it” Tucker said. “You have our permission to indulge in the name of June National Dairy month!”