UPDATE: FEBRUARY 28, 2018
It is with a heavy heart, and a great, un-measurable sadness that we must share the passing of one of our founders, our dear friend, and fellow car enthusiast- Bryan V. Weyant.
Without "Farm's" unyielding dedication and persistence, we know that this event would not be where it is today had he not been apart of our family for the last 14 years. He will forever be missed, but more importantly the memories shared with him at our cruise nights will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace, Bryan.
Arrangement & Visitation Information:
Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, February 28th at William F. Hogan Funeral Home, 135 Main Street, Highland Falls, NY 10928. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 1st at Sacred Heart Church, 353 Main Street, Highland Falls, NY. Cremation will take place at Cedar Hill Crematory, Middle Hope, NY.
UPDATE: SEPTEMBER 7, 2017
PLEASE SHARE OUR END OF SEASON CAR SHOW WITH EVERYONE!
All monies from this event go directly to our local community via non profit organization donations. We do this all for charity and it is why we have kept at it all these years! We enjoy making a difference in our community. Please help enable us to continue to show our community gratitute and assistance through our love of classic and custom cars!
SEE YOU ALL ON SEPTEMBER 13TH!
AND DON'T FORGET, THE SAME DAY, ONLY EARLIER JOIN THE NY PARKS TEAM FOR THEIR RIDE AND DRIVE AT BEAR MOUNTAIN!
UPDATE: SEPTEMBER 6, 2017
Don't forget, our cruise is cancelled tonight but next week is our CAR SHOW, SEPTEMBER 13, 2017. PLEASE VISIT THIS WEBSITE TOMORROW FOR THE FLYER WITH INFORMATION!
UPDATE: SEPTEMBER 5, 2017
THE NY STATE PARKS EVENT FOR TOMORROW, SEPTEMBER 6 HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO ITS RAIN DATE OF SEPTEMBER 13!!!!
UPDATE: AUGUST 16, 2017
Our friends at Bear Mountain State Parks and Recreation are putting on a
FREE event this September you do NOT want to miss!
NYS Parks Ride and Drive at Bear Mountain State Park
September 6, 2017 from 10am-2pm
(Rain Date: September 13, 2017)
UPDATE: AUGUST 16, 2017
UPDATE: AUGUST 9, 2017:
UPDATE: JULY 5, 2017
Just a reminder and a few links...
Bear Mountain Car Cruise - Facebook Group <--- Click me and JOIN!
Bear Mountain Car Cruise - Facebook Page <--- Click me and LIKE!
UPDATE: JUNE 22, 2017
While we're really bummed we had to cancel this past Wednesday, we appreciate all of our supporters understanding.
Thanks for checking our our cruise, and our site. While you're here please be sure to
SIGN OUR GUESTBOOK!
UPDATE: JUNE 20, 2017
NOW OPEN! COME VISIT THE MERRY GO ROUND AT THE CAR CRUISE!
We are pleased to announce that the Merry Go Round Pavilion is now OPEN during the Car Cruise each week! Your little ones will love to ride the gorgeous vintage adorned Merry Go Round for a small fee!
Built in 2001, the Merry Go Round Pavilion is a beautiful stone and timber rotunda featuring the same Adirondack "Great Camp" architecture of Bear Mountain Inn and other buildings in the National Park System.
Don't forget, the Merry Go Round Pavilion is also available as an affordable and unique venue for your wedding, celebration, or corporate/group event.
Bear Mountain's experienced catering team will walk you through each step- from choosing your menu to flawless execution! This unique event room with a classic indoor merry-go-round and dance floor as its centerpiece can accomodate up to 100 guests for a seated dinner, or 150 for a cocktail reception.
Also, please mention that you found out about their venue rentals and event execution on the Rod Benders/Bear Mountain Car Cruise website!
UPDATE: JUNE 7, 2017
Please see our updated "2017 Information" page with all pertinent information concerning this year's weekly car cruise at Bear Mountain.
See you all tonight, June 7, 2017.
UPDATE: APRIL 3, 2017
Priscilla A. Young, Sponsorship Coordinator (845) 248-2710 Rod Benders Car Club of the Hudson Valley PriscillaA.Young@gmail.com
For Immediate Release:
Rod Benders Car Club Delivers 18th “Car Cruise” Season to the Hudson Valley
BEAR MOUNTAIN, NY - The Rod Benders Car Club of the Hudson Valley will kick off their 18th annual “Car Cruise” season on Wednesday, May 3rd from 5pm-9pm. The weekly event, which is held on the field adjacent to the Bear Mountain Inn, has been a community staple since its inception in 1999. The event is run by the small but loyal local car club, comprised of local community members, business owners, car lovers and hobbyists alike.
All vehicles, whether for ‘show’ or just entering the Car Cruise as spectators are subject to a $5 fee by Bear Mountain State Park. A $40 seasonal club membership exempts car club members from the weekly entrance fee may be purchased at the registration desk at the cruise. Each week trophies are awarded to outstanding vehicles in attendance in appreciation of their attendance, efforts and support.
In addition to the many cars on display, the Merry Go Round Pavilion is open for the little ones to enjoy (for a small fee per ride). Wide variances of vendors outline the field, from the likes of car photographers and vinyl stickers to the internet viral clothing brand, LuLaRoe. While not affiliated in any way with the Rod Benders, Guest Services will have food and beverages available for sale and tunes will be spun by local DJ Company, “Party Time Productions”. There will also be a 50/50 raffle, which directly funds the car clubs philanthropic endeavors and event costs. Throughout the season live music will be provided as advertised, all in all helping evolve the event and bring it to the next level with each and every passing season.
“We started as a small, dedicated group of guys who just wanted to get together, share our love of cars, create a fun family event in our own backyard and raise some money for local charities. We never imagined that almost 20 years later we would grow to be one of the biggest car events in New York State” shared Event Director, Craig Young- one of the founding members of the Rod Benders Car Club and “Bear Mountain Car Cruise”. “It’s unbelievable to see every inch of this field covered in tuner cars, classic cars, hot rods and that doesn’t even touch on our mix of motorcycles and bikes. We’ve actually gotten to the point where we have had to close the gate because we couldn’t fit anyone else in- which I hated to do! That’s incredible to me.”
The Cruise season will commence on September 13 with an end of year “Car Show”. This annual grand finale will be a culmination of the club’s seasonal efforts and is their biggest event each year. There is a $10 entrance fee for the 9/13 “Car Show” in which all proceeds will be donated to local charities.
If you’re interested in becoming a sponsor, vendor, or performer at the cruise, please contact Priscilla Young, Sponsorship Coordinator via email at PriscillaA.Young@gmail.com. If you’d like more information about the “Bear Mountain Car Cruise” or the Rod Benders Car Club of the Hudson Valley, please visit www.BearMountainCarCruise.com.
UPDATE: APRIL 1, 2017
2017 SEASON STARTER INFORMATION:
*Our first cruise this year will be May 3rd, 2017. We will be cruising in the parking lot behind the carousel. We will NOT be on the field. Bear Mountain will also not be charging an entrance fee at the gate.
*The following Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 will remain the same. We will be in the parking lot behind the carousel and there is no entrance fee to attend or spectate.
*Starting May 17th, 2017 we will return to the main field! Bear Mountain will begin charging their entrance fee at the gate. If you become a member of our car club (for an annual cost of $40- sold per season with no committment for future seasons), you will receive a pass that allows you free entry to all of our cruises for the duration of the season (with the exception of the end of the year "Car Show" in September).
*In order to join our club, or register for a free dash number (this does NOT entitle you to the weekly free entry at the gate, it only allows you to participate in our cruise car juding for trophies), please visit Krystal or Theresa Young at the registration table. A Rod Bender's Car Club membership is $40 per year, we accept cash ONLY.
*There will be NO CAR CRUISE ON JULY 5TH, 2017. AS BEAR MOUNTAIN WILL BE CLEANING UP FROM THE JULY 4TH EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES TAKING PLACE IN THE PARK! We will resume to our regular schedule the following Wednesday, July 12th, 2017.
*Check THIS WEBSITE ---> www.BearMountainCarCruise.com by NOON EASTERN TIME, each Wednesday for an update on weather and emergency cancellations. If there is a high likelyhood of rain, we have no choice but to CANCEL in accordance with our agreement with Bear Mountain. The danger of disrupting the field is too great on rainy days, and we do not wish to harm the state park in any way. Please understand, we do our best to bring the cruise to you each and every week, weather permitting.
*If you are interested in volunteering to park cars, or assist the Car Club with this event, please contact Craig Young, our Event Coordinator at CraigT.Young@gmail.com.
*If you are interested in becoming a Sponsor of our cruise, or a Vendor at all/any of our summer cruises this year, please email our Sponsorship Coordinator, Priscilla Young at PriscillaA.Young@gmail.com.
END OF YEAR BEAR MOUNTAIN 17th ANNUAL CAR SHOW
DATE: SEPTEMBER 14, 2016
RAIN DATE: SEPTEMBER 21ST, 2016
$10.00 FOR TRUCKS, BIKES & CARS
(ALL MONIES COLLECTED BY CAR CLUB GO TO LOCAL CHARITIES)
50/50 RAFFLE - DOOR PRIZES AND GIVEAWAYS THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT - DJ BY PARTY TIME PRODUCTS - LIVE MUSIC BY DALI BLU AND JACKIE DIMAGGIO - TROPHIES - VENDORS & DRINKS INCLUDING LULAROE BY CARISSA BEATON - PRIZES FOR KIDS
IN PREVIOUS YEARS WE HAVE DONATED TO LOCAL FOOD BANKS, EMERGENCY SERVICES, AND THOSE IN NEED WITHIN OUR COMMUNITY. PLEASE HELP US DO IT AGAIN THIS YEAR! THIS IS OUR BIG FUNDRAISER AND WE NEED YOUR HELP TO MAKE IT SUCCESSFUL!
ANY INQUIRIES PLEASE CONTACT:
CRAIG YOUNG (845) 323-0083
JIM TURNER (845) 565-3130
UPDATE: AUGUST 3, 2016
See you tonight at the Car Cruise!!! WE ARE ON!
And please take note of this important UPDATE! Bear Mountain has requested that we ensure that every member card registration pass that has already been issued for 2016 (these are the yellow issued passes that cost $40 for the calendar year) have the date on them notating the year active as "2016". We were not notified of this in advance or we would have made other arrangements. To correct the issue, we are asking you to please visit Teri (orange shirt-big smile!) at the registration table to exchange your current pass for one that meets Bear Mountain's requirements. We apologize for the inconvenience and just want to make sure everyone acknowledges the request so no one has any issues entering the event. We will be sure to make note of this change for next year so we have no issues moving forward. Thanks for understanding, and thanks for continuing to bring us your patronage and love of cruising!
Have a great day, see you all tonight- Craig Young and the Rod Benders Car Club
UPDATE: JULY 27, 2016
Our Car Club Officers now have email!
Craig Young - Board of Directors, Rod Benders Car Club
Jim Turner - President, Rod Benders Car Club
Rich Eastman - Vice President, Rod Benders Car Club
Priscilla Young - Webmaster, Rod Benders Car Club
UPDATE: JUNE 15, 2016
We are on! See you tonight at the Car Cruise. Please take a moment and take a look at our new Sponsor page. While it is still under construction and we have a few more wonderful sponsors to add, we encourage you to visit our Sponsor's websites and familiar yourself with their amazing services and clubs.
UPDATE: JUNE 8, 2016
Due to expected rain/thunderstorms tonights Car Cruise is officially cancelled. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to see everyone next week should the weather cooperate. Have a great week, we will see you soon!
UPDATE: JUNE 1, 2016
The weather looks great. We are working on getting our Sponsors added to the website this week (will be up by next show). Just faced some technical difficulties! Also, in the next 2 weeks we will be working on the new Facebook page as well.
Please use #BearMountainCarCruise when posting about the cruise on social media, including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram! We would love to see your photos!
Drive safetly and see you at tonights cruise!
UPDATE: MAY 25, 2016
See you all tonight! Looks like it may be a hot one! Be sure to stop by all of our vendor tables, we are doing our best to bring you some amazng vendors this year. If you, or someone you know is interested in a vendor spot (or sponsorship) at our show please contact Priscilla Young at PriscillaA.Young@gmail.com for more information.
And please remember, there is a $5 fee at the door and this is a BEAR MOUNTAIN STATE PARK FEE. This is not a fee charged by the Rod Benders Car Club. To avoid this charge throughout our season, you can join as a member of our club for $40/season once per year charge. To join, please visit Teri at the Registration Table. She's the one with the smile!
Thank you and see you tonight, let's beat the heat.
ALSO- Please note that the following is a map to our cruise provided by Rick. Thanks to Rick for sending this in... not sure where a map is showing on our site, but in any event this is the correct map:
UPDATE: MAY 18, 2016
See you all tonight! First night on the field. Remember, $5 fee at the door is a PARK FEE. To avoid this charge throughout our season, you can join as a member of our club for $40 for the season. To join, see Teri at the Registration Table.
Thank you and see you all tonight! Drive safe.
UPDATE: MAY 11, 2016
We are looking forward to seeing each and every one of you at our OPENING NIGHT tonight at Bear Mountain! We will be parking in the parking lot behind the field for this week, next week we begin our season on the field beside the Bear Mountain Inn.
We welcome classic cars, spectators, vendors and more to our weekly event now through September. If you have any questions or inquiries, feel free to reach out!
Drive safely and see you all tonight at the Cruise!
ALSO: We are working on a BRAND new Facebook Page. Stay tuned, it should be up and live by next week, we will post the link to that Official page here on our Official site. So don't worry, you won't miss it!
UPDATE: MAY 4, 2016
We are sad to say it, but unfortunately- tonights first car cruise (previously scheduled to have occured in the parking lot, behind the field) has been cancelled due to rain.
We apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to seeing you all next Wednesday, May 11th to start our season off!
Thanks for your patronage, as always - Rod Benders Car Club
2016 SEASON INFORMATION: MAY 2016
The Rod Benders Car Club welcomes you to the 2016 season of the Bear Mountain Wednesday Night Car Cruise.
All vehicles entering the park pay a $5 Park Entrance Fee after 4:00pm.Rod Benders Car Club does not receive any part of this fee
A $40 seasonal club membership exempts members from the entrance fee.This membership is available for all years of vehicles.You may register at the desk.
Seasonal membership is required for all 1997 and newer vehicles to be on the field. A $5 one night pass is also available for the newer vehicles but the $5 entrance fee will still be charged by the park.
Please park in rows as directed by our staff so we may maximize the number of cars on the show field.Don’t drive onto the field to “reserve” a space.Meet up outside the gate and drive in together if you want to park next to a particular vehicle.
Food and beverages are available from Guest Services™ which is not affiliated with Rod Benders Car Club. Rod Benders Car Club receives NO money from the sale of food or beverages.
Show and cruise flyers are NOT to be placed in or on vehicles.They may be handed out on the field or made available at the registration table.Please do not hand flyers out while vehicles are lining up to register.
If you need assistance go to the registration desk or ask one of our volunteers wearing an orange STAFF shirt.
Vendor spaces are $30 per week plus $5 Park entrance fee.There are no reserved spaces, but you must park in the designated area.Vendors should arrive no later than 5pm.
Your purchase of a 50/50 ticket helps us to continue making this car cruise possible.
Thank you for attending and enjoy the show!
Rod Benders Car Club of New York is a not for profit club staffed solely by volunteers.
Visit www.bearmountaincarcruise.com for announcements and weather related cancellations.
WELCOME: JANUARY 2016
Welcome to our new site, run by the members of the Rod Benders Car Club of NY. We are the team behind the largest Car Cruise in the Hudson Valley.
We encourage you to visit our site often for updates on any possible changes to our schedule or weather cancellations. Also, you'll find more information about our team of volunteers and our awesome sponsors, the charities we are able to help, other upcoming local car enthusiast events, and other exciting up-to-date news! Additionally, we hope to soon have a thriving photo gallery and interative web space for our members and spectators. Feel free to contact us with any questions, inquiries or feedback.
Can't wait to see you all cruise in on May 4th, 2016!
We are ON tonight- September 13, 2017! (11:30am)
Our next Car Cruise is our finale CAR SHOW, scheduled for TONIGHT!
SEPTEMBER 13, 2017.
See you next season!
Don't forget to register your car at our registration booth when you visit us tonight!
Check back weekly for cancellations and announcements.
Bear Mountain Car Cruise
You can visit us Wednesday nights, May-September from 5pm-9pm. Our event is held on the field adjacent to the Bear Mountain Inn located at:
Sign up at the Registration Table upon entering the cruise. We would love to have you join our Club! Ask for Craig or Jim.
Like us on Facebook to stay in touch and learn about upcoming events.