Downtown Cruise Nights rolls into downtown Brookhaven again

Published 3:21 pm Thursday, July 16, 2020

It’s a cruise-in, not a car show.

The third installment of Downtown Cruise Nights’ car gatherings is set for Saturday afternoon, 4-7 p.m. in the south parking lot of Railroad Park in downtown Brookhaven.

Chad Smith, of Smith Bros. Collision Center & Truck Accessories, says it’s a time for car owners and enthusiasts to get together, show off their rides (mainly the culture of hot rods and muscle trucks), catch up with one another or meet other car lovers.

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“There’s no entry fee. It’s not a ‘show’,” Smith said.

The event began in February with the intent to have a cruise-in on the third Saturday of every month — a year-round way to do more than just give car fans a chance to get together, but to also help support downtown restaurants and eventually generate some revenue through T-shirt sales. The revenue will then be donated to a local charity at the end of the year.

Though COVID-19 has had an impact on virtually every public event, Downtown Cruise Nights cranked back up in June and will continue each month, as long as there’s “not terrible weather,” Smith said, or another pandemic shutdown.

There will be no registration for the events, and they are come-and-go.

“It’s a meet-and-greet, really,” Smith said. “We just cruise in and park, hang out and talk.”