BELMAR, NJ — Whether they roared, rumbled or rolled into town, more than 200 vintage and classic cars took their spots along Main Street for the season’s first Cruise Night.

In a well-executed exercise of precision driving, the automobiles were moved into formation by their owners — one by one — to occupy angled spots along the two-block stretch between Eighth and 10th Avenues and then spilling into the adjacent Pyanoe Plaza.

Sponsored by the Belmar Business Partnership, the traditional event attracted hundreds of attendees to the borough’s central shopping district. Most were car enthusiasts who walked the block looking inside and under the hoods of the meticulously maintained cars and chatting with their owners.

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Others came just to enjoy the warm summer evening of July 19, frequenting the merchants and eateries along the way. Some even brought their chairs, lining up on the sidewalks to spend time with friends and watch the action — all while a DJ pumped out tunes fit for the occasion, from the sounds of Chubby Checker and the Twist to Otis Day and the Knights.

The summer’s second Cruise Night will be held on Wednesday, August 16. Registration and admission is free. For more information, call the Belmar Business Partnership at 732-894-9022 or email info@belmarbusinesspartnership.com. Additional details can also be found on the event’s Facebook page.

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