The first night of the 18th annual Cruisin’ Grand, a Friday night celebration that runs 27 weeks from March to October begins this Friday, around 5 p.m. when 700 plus members of the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association will bring their cars to Grand Avenue.
The Goodguys come from all over the U.S. bringing rods, customs, classics, muscle cars and trucks through 1972.
The date of the first night is March 31, (not April 7, as was incorrectly ) because Waldron always wants to include the Goodguys in the evening, to accommodate the Goodguys, who will be at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in the Goodguys 17th Meguiar’s Del Mar Nationals.
Also appearing that first night will be the Willys Americar. Most Friday nights will have host clubs. This first Friday will be different, except for the fact that there will be reserved parking for the Willys auto club, a Cruisin’ Grand tradition.
Cruisin’ Grand is one of, if not THE biggest car event of its kind in the nation. Recently National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) car guru Steve Gibbs called Cruisin’ Grand the top car event in the nation.
For each of the 27 nights there will also be three bands playing and a DJ at different locations along Grand Avenue. Over the 27 weeks it has been estimated that 500,000 people walk along the Grand Avenue.
In June, the San Diego Prowlers, the oldest hot rod club in the United States, will celebrate their 70th anniversary at Cruisin’ Grand, followed by a 70th anniversary picnic at Grape Day Park the day after.
The Times-Advocate will post regular updates on each of the individual nights as the information becomes available.