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Looking for a ride

Maple Park business owner seeks return of Cruise Nights

MAPLE PARK – John Peloso misses seeing classic hot rods, muscle cars, and custom restorations regularly in Maple Park.

He hopes that changes soon.

At the monthly board meeting July 2, Peloso, of H.D. Rockers, asked the Village of Maple Park’s Board of Trustees for its permission to close Kenebec Street from the Main Street sidewalk north to the railroads tracks on Wednesday nights from May through September next year, or even as early as August or September of this year, to host Classic Car Cruise Nights.

“It would be nice if they allowed me to block off the street and I could have a car show there, and I could still do it without that, but we’d have to let people go through,” he said. “I figure if they let me do it for a few hours a week during the summer, then no harm done. I don’t know if they are going to go for it or not. They might. They might not.”

Apparently, Peloso longs for the car shows that were held during previous summers by the former Moon Dance Diner and Grill at 309 Main St., which is now the home of the Lodi Tap House.

“I think it’s too bad that we don’t have these car shows in town anymore,” he said. “I figured I’ll give it a shot. I had asked the owner of the Moon Dance how he found these car guys and he said it started small, that one of his buddies showed up one night and word of mouth started getting around and people started showing up.”

Created to provide an environment to let Maple Park residents and others kick back and have some good old-fashioned fun, a car show would be a way for H.D. Rockers to provide an event for the entire family to enjoy, he said.

“I think it’s an idea that could catch on and turn into something good for everybody,” he said. “Wednesday’s the middle of the week and would hopefully attract some attention and it’s not something we could do in the winter. It’ll only be in the summer and only during good weather because no one wants to show off their car in the middle of a rainstorm. So it won’t be every Wednesday, but it would be on Wednesdays in the summer, weather permitting.”

Village President Kathy Curtis said she would take Peloso’s request under advisement and present it to the board for a vote and get back to him. A time frame on when such will happen was not provided.