The Kankakee County Speedway, roaring into its 62nd season, rouses racing fans with a full schedule of upcoming supersonic events, such as the 3rd Annual Northfield Square Mall Show. Competitors from a wide range of divisions—including Super Late Models, Pro Late Models, Modifieds, Stock Cars, I-Mods, and Sport Compacts—descend upon the course determined to etch their name into the track's storied history and rack up cash and points, which are needed to win championships. The speedway boasts a long list of legends, such as Jim O' Connor, who collected six titles and 84 checkered flags during his career, and "Cocktail" Tommy Kroll, who has won six track championships in four different decades. Additionally, autograph sessions after select events soup up memorabilia collections, and children 10 years of age and younger can ride the "Kids Club" bus and gain free admission upon stating their birthday.
Starting out in 1981 as a humble gas station and tire center, Scott’s U-Save remains a family-owned operation but has grown into a full emporium of auto repair. Its 15 overhead lifts ensure speedy delivery of lube, brake, and suspension services, and its repeated inclusion on Southtown Star's Best of Chicago Southland list belies the staff's attention to detail. Scott’s boasts tires from all major manufacturers, including Michelin and Continental, and technicians outfit wheels on cars, trucks, and rickshaws of any size or shape with a selection of stylish rims to match.
Bob and Jim Hawkinson studied at the feet of their father, who opened his first car dealership in 1961. Today, the two oversee their father’s legacy at Hawkinson Nissan, commanding an inventory of new Nissans and used vehicles with the same automotive authority that their father exhibited. While new cars flaunt their empty odometers in the showroom, and Hawkinson’s curated preowned vehicles flex their strong motors, ASE-certified and Nissan-trained technicians toil in the service and parts departments getting cars of any make and model back up to peak performance.
President Denny Guest and his friendly sales staff have a reason to be proud: last year they delivered more than 1,800 vehicles to local friends, families, and companies in the Chicagoland area. With an expansive inventory—more than 400 vehicles on hand at all times—they deal both new and used autos from Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep, and Ram, and their preowned inventory can also include makes such as Chevrolet, Honda, and Toyota. New vehicles come backed by a factory warranty, and certified preowned vehicles safely ride under the umbrella of a three-month, 3,000-mile maximum-care warranty and a seven-year, 100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty. Should cars suddenly fall victim to mechanical malice or the pranks of a teenage motorcycle, the parts and service department is quick to offer repairs ranging from oil changes and engine tune-ups to state inspections and full detailing.
Drive & Shine's lengthy wash tunnel scrubs muck and mire from auto frames with eco-friendly soaps and nimble-fingered soft foam wraps. During the 10- to 15-minute service, an underbody wash cleanses the car's road-facing parts, and autos beam like a smiling hologram after being lovingly smothered in applications of clear-coat sealant and foam polish. A layer of Diamond Wax projects the radiant luster of the finish far into the future, and Wheel Brite and tire dressing keep the vehicle's rubber boots looking spick-and-span. To keep the interior looking sharp, technicians climb inside to vacuum dirt, debris, and crumbs from the rugs and seats, beat particles out of mats, scrub windows, and wipe dashes and door jambs with soapy foam wraps. Ten percent of Drive & Shine's proceeds will be donated to United Way, an organization that promotes healthy living and helps humans reach their full potential.
Performance Detailing's experienced technicians buff, wax, and polish cars to a professional shine. Their nigh-invisible, clear-bra protectors ward off scratches and rock chips, and their two-coat wax jobs protect painted surfaces for up to four months with layers of polish and carnauba wax. The techs promote comfort and safety by deflecting 99% of harmful UV rays with ceramic and nonceramic tint, or boost nighttime visibility with headlight restorations. Though the automotive artisans routinely buff, polish, and steam-clean car outsides and cabins, they also undo damage from hailstones or wayward shopping-cart stampedes with paintless dent removal.