August Cruise Night brings car enthusiasts to Lansing

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by Melanie Jongsma

LANSING, Ill. (August 15, 2021) – Perfect weather made Saturday’s Cruise Night, August 14, arguably the best of the 2021 series. The June 12 Cruise Night was unseasonably hot and humid — though well-attended — and the July 10 Cruise Night was rained out. But the August Cruise Night, the final Cruise Night of 2021, was sunny and temperate, and car lovers from around the area came to Lansing to enjoy an evening downtown.

The Lansing Journal set up a table at the event, which provided an opportunity to engage passersby and to invite input on our 2022 Lansing Calendar experiment. Staffing a table did, however, limit our journalistic coverage of the event. Below are the few photos we managed to capture of the event.

Big George the Car Guy was at Cruise Night as promised, celebrating the occasion with a giant cigar. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Car enthusiasts Stone (left) and Erskine joke around with each other while waiting for their friends to bring Mancino’s pizza out. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Justin (left) and his dad Parnell came to cheer on their friends’ cars. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
A quick-thinking car owner uses a nearby pylon to reserve a suddenly available space until he can move his car there. Spaces along Ridge Road are in high demand on Cruise Night. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
From left: Melanie Jongsma and Jennifer Yos staffed the Lansing Journal’s table at Cruise Night, and Katie Arvia stopped by with her car enthusiast father. (Photo: Amy Todd)
No, these dogs are not real, but they do get second looks from the people walking the downtown sidewalks during the August Cruise Night. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
The August Cruise Night brought out motorcycle enthusiasts as well as car lovers. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

The August Cruise Night was sponsored by LACE, the Lansing Association for Community Events, as were the June and July Cruise Nights. Their next big event is Autumn Fest, which is coming up in September this year.