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KCI Cruise Night to showcase classic and specialty cars

The Kansas City Aviation Department is revving up for the KCI Cruise Night. On Saturday, September 14, 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.

Since 2007 the Kansas City Aviation Department has held successful KCI Cruises, drawing an estimated 500 display cars, 300 spectator cars and hundreds of attendees from miles around. The September 14 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 in the current WireCo (former Farmland headquarters building).

Cruise Nights or 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. Prizes include Kansas Speedway, Chiefs and Royals tickets, hotel and resort stays, rental cars, events, JustBats.com and Zona Rosa gift cards and more. Chances are $1 each and there will also be a $1-a-chance 50/50 drawing. KCI concessionaire HMS Host and Pepsi will donate 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. Follow @KCIAirport on Twitter (www.twitter.com/kciairport) and like the KCI Facebook page (www.facebook.com/kciairport). Directional signs will be posted near KCI the day of the event. The rain date is September 21.

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