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Photos: Cruisin’ Grand In Escondido Is The SoCal Standard For Cruise Night Fun

Photos: Cruisin’ Grand In Escondido Is The SoCal Standard For Cruise Night Fun

(Photos by Wes Allison) Cruisin’ Grand has been on hold for quite some time because of COVID, but thankfully it is back and that means hot rods in downtown Escondido for a summer cruise night like only SoCal can do. Escondido is a historic SoCal town that is perfect for parking hot rods, walking the streets, and grabbing some food and drink. It’s the kind of place where you’ll find hot rods, customs, muscle cars, trucks and more. We’ve got all kinds of photos thanks to Wes Allison, and we’ll be running galleries for the next couple days to share what was there.

Here’s the info from Cruisin’ Grand:
Cruisin’ Grand will kick off on Friday, June 18, from 4 – 9 p.m. and run every Friday night until September 24. All of your favorites will return including live music, DJs, kettle corn, and of course, the best display of pre-1974 hotrods in the country!
Something a little different this year is the closure of additional streets to allow enough room for street-side dining and retail as well as plenty of space to display the vehicles and allow for spectators. Each Friday, Grand Avenue will be closed from Escondido Blvd. to Ivy St. and the side streets (Maple St., Broadway, Kalmia, and Juniper) from Second Ave. to Valley Parkway.
This event is open to pre-1974 vintage, antique, hotrods, and muscle cars. Visit cruisingrand.net for additional details.


We call it Hot Rod Heaven! Cruisin’ Grand™ Escondido Classic Car Show
Cruisin’ Grand is honored to be called one of the best cruises in the country. We try to keep it simple, and focus only on what works with our community history, i.e. 1973 and earlier American-made Classics, Customs, Vintage, Muscle, and Hot Rods cruising Grand Ave, just like they did 50-60- years ago, on a Friday night, hopefully shoulder-to-shoulder with a date!


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3 thoughts on “Photos: Cruisin’ Grand In Escondido Is The SoCal Standard For Cruise Night Fun

  1. Loren

    Escondido puts a lot into their Friday-Night Cruise. What I like about it is you get out and walk, up one side of the street and back down the other with a crowd of people of all types and ages, everybody friendly and enjoying themselves, checking out what different cars there are this week and stopping in or out front of the stores and restaurants. At 9pm barriers go down, side streets open up again and everybody dwindles off in good shape for the weekend.

    I won best-car at one event a while back, a fun memory on a different night was having three people stuffed into my noisy not-necessarily-legal 2-seat car and having the police peek in as I passed but pay me no mind while they hassled a little gang-banger out of the place in his wrong-year import. Of-course that’s what they were doing to street machiners in the original cruise 40 years ago, lol.

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