Kool April Nites: Redding Car Show

Soon, the streets and sidewalks of Redding will be alive with excitement when Redding’s car show, Kool April Nites, hits town. Flags, balloons, and colorful umbrella’s will dot the sidewalks as the festivities begin.

Soon, the streets and sidewalks of Redding will be alive with excitement when Redding’s car show, Kool April Nites, hits town. Flags, balloons, and colorful umbrella’s will dot the sidewalks as the festivities begin.

The Cruise

Early in the morning on April 22nd, people strategically claim their spot along the route where wheels will roll for Redding’s annual Kool April cruise. For many people, attending this event is a family tradition. Old cars, new cars, foreign cars, and just about anything that has wheels will participate in the parade. Classic cars from every era drive by as the crowd cheers. Everywhere stories are being told about a favorite car back in the day.

Vendors selling food and trinkets roll their carts along the way as the drivers try to “Wow” the crowd by popping wheelies or shifting gears to cause back firing. About a week before the show, the cars begin to roll into town. They often come from other cities and states. Owners look forward to this event all year. Before they show their cars, they spit shine them until you can see your reflection on the hoods. Fender skirts and rumble seats captivate the audience.

Cars and trucks of all colors and models will make their presence known by honking and waiving at the crowd.

Car Events All Week

Shows and shines are held all week long at different locations, with attendees having the opportunity to see these vehicles up close and personal and talk with the owner to hear the stories of restoration or about the preservation of a family heirloom only driven on Sundays to church and back. One of the events will be held at Lithia Chevrolet, 200 East Cypress Avenue, in Redding. They will be hosting a Show and Shine on April 16th, where there will be an engine ticket drawing.

The Redding Car show has 68 car prize categories that include Most Bitchin, Kool Deuce, Pro Street Pick, Mighty Mustang, Street Sweeper, Chick’s Choice, and many more at the Redding Convention Center. It includes miles of classic cars, great food, and concerts every night in the Big Tent just outside the auditorium beginning Wednesday, April 20th, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

If you decide to take a walk down memory lane, or you just enjoy the small town flavor of a good old fashioned parade, grab your fold-up chair and bring a coat and umbrella to cruise night. They don’t call it Kool April Nites for no reason.

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Debbie is a real estate agent for Coldwell Banker/ C&C Properties in Redding, California where she is a consistent award winner in sales. Debbie has led her company in innovation by video creation and advertising ideas. Debbie works with her partner, Diane Sorgatz and together they are known as "The Home Girls".

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