The annual Cruiser Car Show in Rapid City showcases the thriving car culture in the Black Hills, with hundreds of cars lining downtown Rapid City for enthusiasts to admire.
The annual Cruiser Car Show in Rapid City is a highly anticipated event in the Black Hills, attracting car enthusiasts from all over the region. This year, hundreds of cars lined downtown Rapid City, offering a wide variety of classic hot rods, sports cars, and everything in between. The Pontiac Trans Am was particularly popular among film buffs in attendance.
Admission to the car show was free, making it accessible to the public. Families were able to enjoy the event together, with food trucks and a designated kid’s area adding to the festive atmosphere. Main Street Square Events Manager, Austin Himley, expressed his excitement about the turnout, stating that around 350 cars were present. He also expressed curiosity about the total number of attendees, as the event brings life to downtown Rapid City.
While the car show extends an invitation to the Midwest region, the majority of early registrations came from the Black Hills, with around 95 percent of the cars lining the Main Street area being from local enthusiasts. From muscle cars like Mustangs and Camaros to sports cars and trucks, there was something for everyone at the show.
One family, the Adler Family from Spearfish, made the car show a family affair with their 1987 “Ratrod.” The car was a family project, with all five members of the family working together to build it. Luella Adler, the mother, mentioned that keeping the back seats from the 1987 Suzuki Samurai body they used to build the vehicle was an important feature. The family enjoyed driving the car around town, making it a tradition to drive it to school on the first and last day of classes. The car has also been the subject of show-and-tell days for their youngest daughter, Kaylee, who proudly shared her favorite thing and “something green” with her classmates.
The Cruiser Car Show in Rapid City not only showcases the diverse range of cars in the Black Hills but also highlights the rich car culture in the region. The event brings together cars with centuries of history, creating an amazing spectacle in downtown Rapid City. Whether you are a car enthusiast or not, the show is sure to captivate and inspire all who attend.