BELMAR, NJ — A cavalcade of classic cars streamed into Belmar’s downtown district yesterday for the summer’s first Cruise Night.

More than 200 automobiles of yesteryear filled the two-block stretch of Main Street between Eighth and 10th Avenues, angling in on both sides and queuing up along the center line of the roadway. Cars also spilled into Pyanoe Plaza, as well as beyond the show’s designated area, giving thousands of attendees even more to explore during the July 18 event sponsored by the Belmar Business Partnership.

“What a fantastic turnout for the first Belmar Cruise Night of the summer,” BBP reported on its Facebook page.  “Our space was filled to capacity, and we had an overflow of cars wanting to exhibit.”

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Billed as one of its signature events, BBP members staffed a welcome table at Pyanoe Plaza, where commemorative T-shirts were available for purchase and classic oldies were being played fit for the occasion.

With classic and vintage cars displayed at every turn, connoisseurs and novices alike peered under the hoods and peeked into the windows of the sharply maintained vehicles dating back to before 1986 — their owners more than happy to chat it up about their treasured rides.

In addition to the main attraction, many attendees made an evening of it in Belmar’s bustling central shopping district. While many businesses kept their doors open during the three-hour show, dining establishments remained busy well into the evening.

The summer’s second Cruise Night will be held on Wednesday, August 22. For more information about Cruise Night, call 732-894-9022 or email info@belmarbusinesspartnership.com. Additional details can also be found on the event’s Facebook page.

To purchase a specially designed commemorative Belmar Cruise Nights T-shirt, contact Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More, located in Belmar Plaza  at 732-749-7700 or email belmar@bigfrog.com. Click this link for an order form.

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