Cruise Night returns to Green street tomorrow – Monday, June 10

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 1219 N Green St, McHenry, IL  See map

Are you one of those people who have a love affair with the
automobile? Do your eyes widen at the sight of chrome and lacquered layers of
custom paint? Does your pulse quicken at a hint of extra horsepower? If you
have these symptoms you may have the custom-car virus. If so, you’re probably
not looking for a cure but you might appreciate a treatment that addresses your


An extra dose of car-lover’s penicillin is offered each
Monday night, starting tomorrow, June 10, at McHenry’s Green Street Cruise
Night. The excitement takes place in the city parking lots south of Route 120
and west of Green Street.


“If you have a thing for hotrods, classic cars and other
fine automobiles, this is definitely the place to be Monday nights,” said Denny
Norton, owner of Ringwood based Performance Unlimited and a perennial vendor at
the event. “You’ll see some really sweet cars at the Green Street Cruise Night,
and you’ll meet some great people.”


The event runs Mondays through September 30. Each Monday,
along with a plethora of Detroit’s finest, as well as hot cars from overseas,
Cruise Night features a special category of cars. Here is the lineup of
categories for this summer:

June 10 – Pontiac – Opening Night

June 17 – Oldsmobile

June 24 – Ford

July 1 – Ladies Night Cars (Cars owned by

July 8 – Buick

July 15 – Race Cars & Exotics

July 22 – Pre World War II

July 29 – Trucks

Aug. 5 – Motorcycles and Model T and Model A

Aug. 12 – European/Sports Car (BMW, Triumph

Aug. 19 – Fast & Furious (Sports Compacts
& Asian Cars)

Aug. 26 – Orphan Makes (makes that are no longer
made – Pontiac, Studebaker, AMC and Plymouth)

Sept. 2 – Chevrolet

Sept. 9 – Back to the ‘50s

Sept. 16 – Pony Cars (Mustang, Cougar, Camaro,
Firebird, Javelin, AMX, Challenger, Barracude, Etc.)

Sept. 23 – Mopar (Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep and Ram)

Sept 30 – Street Rod & Custom Street

Along with the cars, Cruise Night also offers entertainment.
The first Monday, June 10, they have photo opportunities with Marilyn Monroe
and Elvis Presley impersonators, as well as solo guitarist Brian Castillo.
Other Mondays will feature Frank Sinatra and Rat Pack knockoff bands, as well
as a ‘50s and ‘60s tribute band.


Of course, Cruise Night offers food, beverages, raffles and
awards for the finest examples of automotive excellence.


Car clubs are also on hand to mix camaraderie while adding
to the level of competition in the car show. Car clubs include Northern
Illinois Streeters, North Shore Rods, Illinois Camaro Club and Motor Club of


“With the Green Street Cruise Night, our aim to is to give
back to the community as much as possible,” said Paul Letizia, with Letizia
Financial Group, who founded the event with his father, Pat. “Not only is Green
Street Cruise Night a free event for car owners and spectators, but we also
help to raise money for charities, such as FISH Food Pantry of McHenry, and
support the McHenry Rotary and the McHenry Kiwanis Club (Paul Letizia is the
current President of the local McHenry chapter of Kiwanis).”


The event schedule is subject to change depending on weather
and other considerations.


Norton said that people with a love for custom cars don’t
have to just look at other people’s custom cars. “We can help someone customize
a car of their own,” he said. “That way, they can enter the show, go for rides
with a car club and otherwise enjoy the great American automobile experience.”


For more information, call 815-728-0343 or visit www.4performanceunlimited.com.


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