Somerville, NJ Cruise Night, July 15, 2022

This past Friday, July 15, 2022, I attended the Somerville, NJ Cruise Night, held on Main St. It’s been a few years since I’ve attended. In fact, I’m fairly certain that the Cruise Nights were completely cancelled during 2020 and 2021 because of the Covid shutdown. If my own blog is to be believed, I’ve not been in attendance since 2016!

It was good to be back. Both sides of Main St. were lined with a nice variety of special-interest cars. The sidewalks weren’t too crowded, and the warm summer New Jersey air, to my great relief, lacked the usual humidity. I strolled up and down the blocks several times, after which my wife drove into town so that we could share a pizza at the well-regarded Alfonso’s. By the time we were done, it was getting dark and having seen what I was there to see, we headed home.

 

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, the town of Somerville was at first against the entire Cruise Night idea. But once they saw the crowds and the business these crowds brought to the local establishments, everyone was on board. Perhaps later this summer I’ll swing back and bring one of my own cars to park on Main St.

 

There were plenty of Corvettes in attendance: I spotted C2, C3, C5, C6, and C7 generations parked along the street. In addition, at least 3 different C8 Vettes were seen cruising up and down the main drag.

 

1st gen Mustang with custom tail lights

 

Mercedes-Benz 560SL

 

Custom hot rods still show up in significant numbers in Somerville

 

1969 Mustang

 

Rarely seen Chevy II wagon

 

’52-’54 Fords were at one time very popular with rodders

 

Olds Cutlass

 

1973 Pontiac Firebird Trans-Am

 

 

Triumph TR-6 sports cars seem to have survived in large numbers compared to some other ’70s sports cars

 

When did you last see one of the Franco-American Renaults? This poor Encore needed a jump.

 

Pontiac GTO

 

One of the last of the full-size Olds convertibles

 

1955 Chevrolet

 

DeTomaso Pantera. Drivetrain axle yokes are the size of my skull; they need to be to put that power down.

 

VW Beetle does duty as pizza delivery vehicle

 

 

I thought this pre-war (’39? ’40?) Plymouth was snazzy

 

2nd gen AMC Javelin (this one an SST)

 

The local Alfa dealer had this gold Stelvio on display

 

 

A mildly customized ’55 Chevy, not a Bel Air!

 

The ubiquitous ’57 Chevy

 

A 1968 King Midget. Had a long talk with the owner (Clifford) and we compared notes about what it’s like to own a small quirky car like a King Midget or Isetta.

 

Alfonso’s is one of the best Italian restaurants in the area. We walked in and were told (this at 7 p.m.) that the wait for an inside table would be 25 minutes, and for an outside table, 40 minutes. Instead, we sat at the bar to eat pizza and drank beer.