The Yorkville Parks and Recreation Department’s summertime Cruise Nights returned to Riverfront Park on June 6, filling the air with music and the sounds of classic cars.
Classic cars lined Hydraulic Avenue, and filled the parking lot, as gearheads gathered around the different cars to speak with the owners about what went into restoring or building each vehicle.
Geneva resident Chris Russell brought a replica 1965 Shelby Cobra that he constructed out of a Factory Five kit.
“They’re very easy to build,” he said, “They give you either a complete kit or in this case, a basic kit, and you can build on it, and you can make it as authentic as you like – which is what I tried to – or you can make it a modern interpretation.”
According to Russell, he used a 1960s-era Mustang engine to complete his car.
While some cars remained traditional, some, like Somonauk resident Lendeal Clarp’s 2006 Chevy HHR, featured several additions – pinwheels, American flags and stuffed animals that included many stuffed versions of Scooby Doo.
“I like kids, so I figured I’d like to do something the kids would like to look at,” Clarp said. “A lot of kids who have seen it before call it the Scooby Car.” While he originally started out with one stuffed Scooby-Doo, he acquired several more Scoobies after visiting garage sales and stores. To add character to the car, Clarp refers to the HHR (officially standing for Heritage High Roof) as his “Hillbilly Hot Rod.”
The next Cruise Night will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, at Riverfront Park.