By Dermot Connolly
The 17th annual Classic Car Event scheduled for Thursday, July 16, in Palos Heights will be, like many things this year, a little different.
But different is good, too. It will now be a 6.4-mile cruise through Palos Heights, instead of the traditional event, which could draw thousands of spectators to admire hundreds of vehicles on display in the downtown business district along Harlem Avenue. Practicing the social distancing recommended for health reasons during the COVID-19 pandemic conditions would have been impossible.
The event has traditionally been held on the third Thursday in July.
“We’re just trying to keep the date going for the city,” said Bob Starczyk, the main organizer of the popular event, where people could see everything from antique cars dating back to 1920s, up to muscle cars from the 1960s. “This was a joint effort between the organizing committee and the mayor’s office.”
“We also wanted to give the car community something to do,” he added.
The cruise will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The cruise will start at 123rd Street and 72nd Court, where participants will check in and receive route maps at the Palos Heights Firehouse. All past sponsors will be recognized on the maps.
From there, cars will proceed west to 76th Avenue, turn right on College Drive (Route 83) and proceed 1.2 miles to Oak Park Avenue. Vehicles will turn right there, left on 125th Street, and right on West Navajo Drive.
They will continue to 127th Street, turn right, and then left onto Oak Park Avenue. From there, drivers will turn right on 131st Street, right again on 76th Street and back to the firehouse at 123rd Street.
“Drivers are asked not to come at the same time. Residents can enjoy watching the cars go by from any part of the route,” said Starczyk.