Last year, after years of hosting the Cruise Night events at our J&P Cycles showroom outside Anamosa, Iowa, we decided to try something new. A local biker hot spot in Cedar Rapids (Chrome Horse Saloon) approached us regarding joining forces to host our event on their property. We held the newly named Hot Rods & Harleys Cruise Night events there last year on the second Tuesday of the month (May through September).
This year, we added additional sponsors (Bud Light, Cassill Motors and KRNA), a great giveaway and changed the date to the second Thursday of the month (May through September). Things were going along blissfully – our May event (the first one for the season was threatened with impending rain, but we held it inside), the June event was a lovely, but a little windy event and July was our biggest by far – the weather was perfect!
Unfortunately, just 13 days after that event, the Chrome Horse Saloon had a horrible kitchen fire and sustained heavy smoke and water damage. While operations at the Chrome Horse have ceased, so they can clean up and figure out their next steps, the last two Hot Rods & Harleys events of the season will be held at Cassill Motors, 2939 16th Avenue SW, Cedar Rapids.
The next event is this Thursday night, Aug. 14, from 5-9 p.m., and this one also happens to be the final event to get signed up and become a finalist for the drawing for the customized 2005 Harley Davidson Road King.
The weather looks beautiful, so if you’re in Eastern Iowa, Western Wisconsin or Western Illinois, point that motorcycle tire or hot rod toward Cedar Rapids and cruise over. Enjoy live music from Crankshaft, drink specials from Bud Light, food from the Chrome Horse Saloon, live remote from KRNA and great door prizes courtesy of J&P Cycles! Plus, get signed up to be one of the final 15 finalists for the customized Harley that will be given away at the Sept. 11 event.
We look forward to seeing you there!