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Randhurst to host its first Cruise Night

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  • While still a college student 50 years ago, Gail Wise of Park Ridge bought this 1964½ Ford Mustang two days before the new model was to go on sale to the public.

      While still a college student 50 years ago, Gail Wise of Park Ridge bought this 1964½ Ford Mustang two days before the new model was to go on sale to the public.
    PHOTO By MATT AVERY

  • The very first Pontiac Trans Am rolled off the assembly line in 1969. Only 697 Trans Ams were produced that first year.

      The very first Pontiac Trans Am rolled off the assembly line in 1969. Only 697 Trans Ams were produced that first year.
    Courtesy of Prestige MotorCar Photography

  • To celebrate the Trans Am's 30th anniversary, Pontiac made 1,600 special editions in 1999. It became the last redesign of the model before the Trans Am was discontinued.

      To celebrate the Trans Am's 30th anniversary, Pontiac made 1,600 special editions in 1999. It became the last redesign of the model before the Trans Am was discontinued.
    Courtesy of Prestige MotorCar Photography

  • One of the fire trucks driven to the World Trade Center on Sept. 11 will be at the Randhurst Village Cruise Night. The Schaumburg-based Remembrance Rescue Project purchased and restored this truck after it was taken out of service.

      One of the fire trucks driven to the World Trade Center on Sept. 11 will be at the Randhurst Village Cruise Night. The Schaumburg-based Remembrance Rescue Project purchased and restored this truck after it was taken out of service.
    Courtesy of Prestige MotorCar Photography

  • One of the few 1960s Batmobile's licensed by creator George Barris following the success of the "Batman" TV show is now owned by the Volo Auto Museum, which will bring it to the Randhurst Village show.

      One of the few 1960s Batmobile's licensed by creator George Barris following the success of the "Batman" TV show is now owned by the Volo Auto Museum, which will bring it to the Randhurst Village show.
    Courtesy of Volo Auto museum

 
 

Randhurst Village, Mount Prospect's resurgent shopping center, hopes people will cruise on over to Rand and Elmhurst roads for Randhurst's first Cruise Night, a show featuring vintage and unique automobiles.

The inaugural Cruise Night will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 18. Two additional shows will be held on Wednesday nights later in the summer -- July 16 and Aug. 20.

Randhurst spokeswoman Cindy Bohde said the event is designed to attract people to Randhurst and generate excitement at the shopping center.

"These kinds of shows are extremely popular in this market," she said. "We think the Cruise Nights will be a great addition to what we do here at Randhurst."

This week's Cruise Night will feature the first Mustang ever sold, a 1964 model owned by Gail Wise. It will also feature an original, unrestored 1969 Pontiac Trans Am sitting next to an edition from 1999, which was the last year of the model. A number of "movie-star" cars, including KITT from the 1980s television show "Knight Rider," will be on display, too, courtesy of the Volo Auto Museum.

The event also will include children's activities and specials from various Randhurst dining spots and retailers. Admission is free.

Randhurst isn't the only Mount Prospect entity in the car-show business. The Mount Prospect Downtown Merchants Association runs the Bluesmobile Cruise Nights series every Saturday night from May through September in the downtown area. Bohde said the Randhurst events shouldn't interfere with the downtown series.

"They're held on different days, and honestly, these shows are so popular that it really won't be an issue," she said. "We would never do anything to hurt the downtown, and we know they wish the best for us. We've even talked to the village about cross-promoting the two car shows in the future."

For more information on Randhurst's Cruise Nights, go to randhurstvillage.com.

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