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Twilight 'Cruise On' 2019

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Tanunda is party town for car enthusiast for a night
'Cruise On' is an event held in Tanunda in the Barossa Valley every January. Organised by the auto club Valley Hot Rodders and supported by Barossa Council, who close the main street of Tanunda for the event.

'Cruise On' is actually a weekend-long event for club members and other car enthusiasts who enjoy lots of fun things over the weekend. They go cruising around in their old restored cars and have dinner and trophy gatherings. But it is Saturday night that the highlight of the weekend occurs and this is open to the public.

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Cruise On is a great summer night outdoors. Image by Kat May

5pm Murray St in Tanunda will be closed to through traffic. The hot rods and other classic cars arrive to be reverse parked on the main street.

7pm Two rock and roll bands will provide entertainment making the town a party atmosphere as people wander about. 'Memphis Suns' will play outside the Tanunda Hotel with a wooden dance floor provided. Some rock and roll dance club members always turn up and show off, or rather show us some swing and jive moves in their 1950s clothing. Ignore them and have a dance and enjoy yourself. Meanwhile over at the rotunda in the little park a little further down the road, "Gordon Granite and the Rockers" will play filling the night air with nostalgic sounds.

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Enjoy a hot summer night looking at the hot cars. Image by Kat May.

There is actually no cruising, which means driving around, on the Saturday night. Vehicles will stay parked in the street with their owners and roving security. The public is welcome to stroll around in the twilight party atmosphere, to view the cars and have a chat with the owners. There are many immaculately restored cars to view which are parked both sides of the street. The event closes at 11pm.

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They will be bringing their cars from miles away to Cruise On in Tanunda. Image by Kat May.

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Take a peek inside these stunning restored cars. Image by Kat May.

All the cafes and food venues will open and even some of the shops like the ice creamery. You can eat dinner here in town or bring a picnic to the oval before you walk up to the cars. There is plenty of parking on the Tanunda Oval which is a short walk to Murray Street. Parking is very limited on side streets. Cruise On is a fun night out and would make a fun family activity or date night.

The easiest way to get there is via the Northern Expressway that blends into the Sturt Highway. Then take the Gommersal Road to Tanunda.
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Why? For a fun summer night out for all ages.
When: Saturday 19th January 2019 from around 6pm.
Where: Murray St, Tanunda, SA
Cost: Free
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