Summer Classic

  • Written by Jason Maholy


COLOR carshow3 3colPalos Hills resident John O'Callaghan dries rainwater from his 1965 Chevy Malibu S3 during the Classic Car Event held in Palos Heights on July 18.

  One of the southwest suburbs’ most anticipated annual events took place last Thursday across the Calumet Sag Channel, just south of Worth.
  The 10th edition of the Palos Heights Classic Car Event was held in the city’s downtown business district along Harlem Avenue. Thousands of people — car owners, car-lovers, and other folks just looking for a good time — descended on the two-block stretch between 122nd and 124th streets on a sultry summer evening. Some showed off their wheels, while others were just there to see what they were showing off at the event that has a festival-like atmosphere. The Chicago Kingsnakes entertained the masses with a mix of bluesy rock tunes, while vendors sold snow cones, nachos, hot dogs and tamales.
  A passing rainstorm interrupted the show for just a few minutes, prompting car owners to scramble to cover their beloved vehicles with tarpaulins; but the sun returned and event proceeded shortly thereafter, the only reminder of the rain being owners drying beaded water from their well-waxed rides.
  Several residents from Reportland made the short jaunt to the Heights to participate in the show. John O’Callaghan of Palos Hills, below, brought his red 1965 Chevy Malibu S3, and George Johnson of Worth, right, traversed the Harlem Avenue bridge to display his blue 1953 Willys-Overland Jeepster. Jerry Horn of Oak Lawn, meanwhile, represented his hometown with a red 1957 Chevy Bel-Air that he bought three years ago, above right.