Cruise Night is dedicated to all the people in the valley and teenagers looking for something to do, but above all, Cruise Night is for those with a love of transforming their wheels into something unique.
Cruise Night is an event hosted throughout the valley all year round every Thursday, going from Mission, and the Rio Grande all the way to South Padre Island. Cars line up for show at around 8:30 pm at the respective locations: Mcallen, Mission, and Pharr. If unable to attend Thursday, there is a Friday night race track event in Edinburg.
These gatherings are made possible for teens to have fun and relax, thanks to the leaders of Cruise Night: Chris Schneider, Robert Mendoza, Jr Davila, and Brandon Palacios. While the stereotype that trucks and girls don’t mix is prevalent, Mrs. Irma Garcia, event organizer, shows young audiences this is not so.
As Christian Trejo, a former member of Tamaulipas Racing, said, “ They should go to Cruise Night to get distracted, obtain new ideas and spend time enjoying the beautiful cars and trucks and get inspired to work harder to achieve their dream car or truck. During these events, you can meet new people that enjoy the same thing as you may be, share ideas on what the next model you should get and just have a good time and see them trucking dolls.”
At their meetings, about 50 to 100, trucks gather all with unique names. For example, Raul Garcia, owner of a single cab, step side blue with 22in rims, refers to his truck as La Smurfette”. As he said,“ I gave mine a name just to have a name to refer to her, we go based on the looks of the truck, the color, or based on what the owner likes. For instance, I like the smurfs. Therefore, since the truck is blue and I wanted to refer to it as “ La” no “El”, like its a girl I chose the name “Smurfette”, others may name their trucks La Gordita Hd, La Buchona, El Mentado or even their last name.
The creators make sure this event is 100% family friendly. Some of the groups that might attend are Unexpected, RGV trucking, RGV racing, Tamaulipas Racing, Endless Trucking, Nuevo Leon Trucks, 956 Trucks and many more. The teens or adults that attend cruise night treat their trucks as if they were babies. As some of the RGV “trokiando” say, “Our vice is our trucks. We prefer to suffer from our trucks breaking down than a girl breaking our heart. We make the perfect boyfriends because we break motors, not hearts.” These guys are crazy about what they do and always make sure Cruise Night is enjoyable and impressive. It is recommended for you to go this Thursday.