The Kansas City Aviation Department is revving up for the KCI Cruise Night. On Saturday, September 24, the area east of Kansas City International Airport may look like a scene from the movie American Graffiti, as hundreds of classic, muscle and special-interest cars arrive for the KCI Cruise.
Featured front and center will be a 1969 Camaro funny car dragster once owned by famed KC-based drag racer Dick “Mr. Chevrolet” Harrell. Dick lost his life in a top-fuel funny car crash in Toronto, Canada on September 12, 1971. His daughter Valerie owns another of his cars, which will be on display.
Since 2007 the Kansas City Aviation Department has held successful KCI Cruises, drawing an estimated 800 display cars, and more than 1,000 of attendees from miles around. The September 24 KCI Cruise will be held from 3 to 8 p.m., east of KCI Airport and I-29 at the Ambassador Building at KCI at 12200 NW Ambassador Drive.
Cruise Nights and Cruise Ins are the latest craze in car culture where owners of classic, muscle and other special interest autos gather to show off their prized possessions and share their love of cars with other enthusiasts and anyone who likes cars. There is no real cruising occurring, as vehicles are parked in a parking lot, usually with hoods open to display engine chrome and detailing. Participants “hang out” by their cars or wander to admire others’ cars, and the general public shows up to enjoy the cars, as well.
The Aviation Department plans the events as fund raisers for the City of Kansas City, Missouri’s Combined Charities program, which bundles a variety of local, regional and national charities. Prizes are donated by tenants and area businesses. Chances are $1 each and there will also be a $1-a-chance 50/50 drawing where half of the pot goes to charity and half goes to the lucky winner. KCI concessionaire HMS Host will donate and prepare hot dogs, chips and drinks for sale toward the charity.
Maps and more information about the KCI Cruise Night are available at flykci.com/cruise and in the Facebook Event. Follow @KCIAirport on Twitter and like the KCI Facebook page. Directional signs will be posted near KCI the day of the event.
For more information, contact Joe McBride, 816-243-3164 or cell phone 816-719-0588.