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By Kathryn Menue


With summer well underway, car enthusiast throughout the Stateline area will be flocking to Boone County for cruise nights and car shows galore.

The fun cruised into Belvidere on Saturday, July 9 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in downtown Belvidere.

The annual Belvidere Cruise Night took place in the big parking lot joining PNC Bank, located at 130 S. State St. in Belvidere, and the Salvation Army, located at 112 S. State St. in Belvidere.

About 50 old cars filled the adjoining parking lots on the Saturday evening event.

The evening was come and go as you please, so cars rolled in and out throughout the hot summer night.

Many other cars and patrons entered into the vicinity to take a look back in time at the cars of yesteryear.

The event has been going strong for 41 years, with the first Belvidere Cruise Night starting in 1975.

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The car-cruising fun doesn’t end with the Belvidere Cruise Night.

Car shows 3Smokin Coop

Every Wednesday night, Smokin Coop hosts a cruise night.

Smokin Coop’s Cruise Night is held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. (weather permitting) at 2022 US Business 20 in Belvidere.

The cruise night features DJ Roger Peters, great food, good family fun, and is a charity oriented event.

Countryside Mall

Countryside Mall, located off of Route 76 in Poplar Grove, will host a cruise night sponsored by Good Tymes Car Club, on Tuesday, July 19.

The cruise night will run from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and will feature cars, bikes, and cash prizes.

For more information, call Kathy at (815) 871-9307.

Belvidere Mopar

Jack Wolf Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and the Chicagoland Mopar Connection-Rock Valley Chapter will host the 26th annual Belvidere Mopar Happening Car Show and Swap Meet at the Boone County Fairgrounds in Belvidere.

The car show will run on Saturday, July 23 and Sunday, July 24.

Car showsThis Mopar event will allow car enthusiasts to meet Mopar Collectors Guide Magazine’s Rob Wolf and Legendary Mopar Icon Mr. Norm.

Both days, the entry fee for cars is $15 for the driver and one passenger to get into the show. The gate entry fee is $5 for spectators and free to children 12-years-old and younger and to military personnel who show their Military ID.

Music will be streamed all weekend by Dave Palmer with 3-D Sound.

The huge swap meet will feature food vendors, free trailer parking and overnight dry camping, event t-shirts, a $15 car corral, a new car display from local dealers and the Mr. Norm’s cars from Bosak Performance, and new open class for non-Mopar cars.

On Saturday, there will be a Midwest Charger Show deemed “a car show within a car show.”

Come see the best display of old and new Chargers. The entry fee is $15, which includes free entry for Sunday.

The show entry is $5 for car-load-show and Shine-join the show. Parking on the grounds is cheaper than walking through the gate.

On Sunday, registration opens at 8 a.m. for the car show. Registration will remain open until noon and the awards presentation will take place at 3 p.m.

There also will be an opportunity for over 30 classes to register, with awards being presented in each category. There will be a prize for the car picked for Best in Show.

Classes will be determined for each car at the gate, and the first 200 entrants will receive a free dash plaque and goodie bag.

The special attraction for Sunday this year will be the Full Boar portable Dyno. They will calculate torque and HP for $80 for two pulls (more for Diesel and FWD vehicles). Come out to hear the roar.

This event is sponsored by Bosak performance, Havill Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Mega Parts, Magnum Auto Performance, Mo-Par City, Blue Star Performance, and The Quad Shop, LLC Automotive Carburetor.

For more information, call Diane at (815) 544-3147 or email:

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Jack Wolf Chrysler/Jeep American Motors Cruise Night

On Wednesday, July 27, Jack Wolf Chrysler/Jeep will host the American Motors Cruise Night in their parking lot, located at 1615 N. State St. in Belvidere.

The cruise night will last from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. as a part of the 41st annual American Motors Corporation International Convention in Rockford, featuring AMC Cars and Memorabilia from 1958 through 1988.

Plus, food will be available from the Belvidere Culver’s located at 1635 Big Thunder Blvd. To reach Culver’s of Belvidere, call: (815) 547-0181 or go online to:

For more information on Jack Wolf, Chrysler/Jeep, call (815) 544-9211 or go online to:

For more information on the 41st Annual AMO Convention, email: or call: (815) 895-6518.

For details and schedule of events of the AMO Convention, visit the website at:

Mort’s Cruise Night

Mort’s, located on North State Street in Poplar Grove, will host a cruise night on Tuesday, Aug. 16 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The cruise night will feature cars, bikes, cash prizes, and more. It is sponsored by Good Tymes Car Club.

For more information on the cruise night, call Kathy at (815) 871-9307.


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