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Cruisers Pit Stop on Oak Park Avenue

Auto enthusiasts enjoyed an evening of muscle cars, a magic show by Mr. D, and "gear head" conversation Tuesday at Tinley Park's first summer Cruise Night.

Walking along Oak Park Avenue Tuesday night, you may have thought you were in a scene from a classic movie.

The song When Smoke Gets In Your Eyes blasted in the street as attendees weaved around parked 1957 Chevrolets and Mustangs. Car owners of all ages showcased rides of every make and model imaginable during Tinley's first summer — an event made possible when the board voted in May to restrict parking to classic cars on the avenue beginning at 5 p.m. every Tuesday this summer.

"This is great," said Jim Fuentes. "Instead of going to a town like Lemont, this is a showcase for Tinley Park."  

As Fuentes posed by a car, those dining outside at Durbin's looked on. Several business's along the Oak Park Avenue cruise route were open and ready to welcome new visitors for pizza or candy.

Comments ranging from, "Where did you get the fuzzy dice?" to "How much did that low-rider cost?" could be heard all along the east side of the street.

The Tinley Park Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2791  joined the village to sponsor the shindig, which is free to participants. Cruise Nights will continue every Tuesday through Aug. 30 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., officials said.

Patricia June 08, 2011 at 01:19 PM
Good Morning Mary! My husband has a 65 Ford Galaxie and Im sure he will be there next weekend. Im glad all of the guys have found a home. They used to go to Kmart's parking lot and it was a huge event, but they were asked not to go there any more!! They then moved on to Ricobene's. It was nice they could go there, but no one really had access to the parking lot. So the crowd dwindled. Its nice to go see the collectibles , they don't make cars like that any more is an understatement..Check em out!
Monica Bernier June 08, 2011 at 06:04 PM
Hey Guys! Frankfort Car Club has a cruise night every Thursday. Its one of the best and largest cruise nights in all of Illinois with LOTS of collector cars. They meet at at 15 Kansas Street in Frankfort. Its right across the street from Francescas. They have weekly raffles, and have lots of fun. You should stop by and check it out! http://www.frankfortcarclub.org/
Carrie Frillman June 08, 2011 at 09:29 PM
Thanks for the tip, Monica. I will pass it along to our Frankfort Patch editor!
Carrie Frillman June 08, 2011 at 09:30 PM
Actually, scratch that. Check this out: http://patch.com/A-h8FJ
Monica Bernier June 08, 2011 at 10:11 PM
So glad to see its in their patch as well! Its great to get the word out. Classic car owners love a nice friendly place to gather and swap stories. Now if only I had a classic car. :-)
Carrie Frillman June 08, 2011 at 10:12 PM
Haha, you 'n me both, Monica. A girl can dream ...

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