Belmar’s Downtown Makes Way for Evening of Car Cruisin’ Fun

Dennis Dattilo of Manasquan brings his Ford 1923 T Bucket to Belmar Cruise Night, held on July 19 in the borough’s central shopping district along Main Street. Credits: Cathy Goetz
Like father, like son, Nick Rossi of Jackson watches as 2-year-old Nicholas seems to take a liking to this Chevelle SS classic car at Belmar Cruise Night. Credits: Cathy Goetz
Welcoming registrants to Cruise Night are these Belmar Business Partnership members, from left, Pat Tecza, Tom Volker, Tom Burke and BBP President Sal Marchese. Credits: Cathy Goetz
Vintage and classic automobiles were moved into formation to occupy angled spots along the two-block stretch between Eighth and 10th Avenues for Belmar’s Cruise Night. Credits: Cathy Goetz
A 1926 Ford Phaeton is proudly displayed by its owner, Mike Lavalle of Brick, during Belmar’s Cruise Night. Credits: Cathy Goetz
During Belmar Cruise Night, Mike Repsha of Belmar is ready to explain what’s under the hood of his 1985 Camaro Z28. Credits: Cathy Goetz

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 Additional details can also be found on the event’s Facebook page.

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