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'Yikes!' California car cruising night with 4,000 hot rods and classics ends in T-bone crash

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"Yikes!" the San Mateo Police Department wrote.Photo bySan Mateo Police

A Bay Area nighttime car cruise featuring thousands of hot rods, classic cars, and other notable vehicles ended with a bang with one spiffy hot rod T-boned a car, police said.

"Yikes!" the San Mateo Police Department wrote. "Officers are investigating a collision that occurred at the Bay Area Cruise Night where thousands of vehicles and people visited San Mateo to showcase their classic cars."

No major injuries were reported.

The car cruise, which is organized with the help of local police and sheriffs, drew thousands of car enthusiasts and car lovers.

"This breaks the heart being a classic car owner myself…and that hot rod is most likely repairable from what I see in the pic," wrote Alejandro R Vilchez. "The other car is probably a total loss with its cheap plastic and thin metal parts. They DO NOT make ‘em like they used to."

Organizers said despite the hiccup, it was a huge success that was safe for everyone involved.

"The largest cruise night, with 4,000 cars estimated in attendance according to SMPD last year is once again taking place SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 23rd starting at 7 p.m. Please join us as we cruise up and down El Camino Real from Hillsdale Mall to 3rd Ave in San Mateo as done back in the day," organizers stated. "THERE IS NO PRE-MEET CAR SHOW that is being organized by BACN. This is purely a cruise. And when we say cruise, we mean a CRUISE! This is not a car show, so PLEASE, do what cars are meant to do and drive!"

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