New­town revved up for An­tique & Clas­sic Auto Show

The Advance of Bucks County - - NEWTOWN AREA - By Jeff Werner

NEtTltN – lr­ga­niz­ers are revved up over this year’s An­tique C Clas­sic Auto Show, which is sched­uled to roll into New­town Bor­ough on Sun­day, guly 21 with the sights and sounds of a sum­mer au­to­mo­bile ex­trav­a­ganza.

Set against the back­drop of his­toric State Street, more than 170 ve­hi­cles dat­ing from the early 1900s to about 1988 and rep­re­sent­ing nearly a cen­tury of au­to­mo­tive his­tory will be on dis­play be­tween Cen­tre Av­enue and gef­fer­son Street from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Be­tween R,000 and 6,000 peo­ple are ex­pected to at­tend the event, which is or­ga­nized and pre­sented by the New­town Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion (NBA) and chaired by Scott iavin of Bill jarsh cord.

“ft gives us great joy once more to bring a tra­di­tion back to New­town, help­ing to pro­mote the busi­nesses on State Street Dnd ErLnJLnJ IRRW WrDI­fiF Ln and just hav­ing a fan­tas­tic, free fam­ily ex­pe­ri­ence,” said iavin.

The New­town show, he said, is one of the best in the area in terms of qual­ity.

“YRu wLOO sHH sLx-fiJurH­plus cars here. You just don’t see that every­where. They are top-notch,” said iavin.

Clas­sic au­to­mo­biles, trucks, Corvettes, sports cars, street rods and mus­cle cars, in ad­di­tion to spe­cialty ve­hi­cles, will jam the street as car en­thusi- asts de­scend on the town for the sum­mer­time tra­di­tion.

“And what bet­ter place to hold the show than along beau­ti­ful his­toric State Street,” said NBA Pres­i­dent jick Petrucci. “jany of the shops will be open. te’ll have vendRrs Dnd nRn-SrR­fiWs DORnJ the street. ft’s go­ing to be a fan­tas­tic show,” he prom­ises.

Adding to the at­mos­phere will be about 20 teenagers dressed in vin­tage 60s and 70s cos­tumes. The teens from the Sock ‘N’ Buskin the­ater club at Coun­cil Rock High School North will greet vis­i­tors and pose for pho­to­graphs through­out run of the show.

This will be the club’s ninth year with the show, ac­cord­ing to Sandy Chantry. “They pose with the cars, but they also wan­der the street adding at­mos­phere to the event,” she said. “This year, we’re go­ing to cover the mod era, hip­pies, all the groovy peo­ple and end up with disco peo­ple, too. Plat­form shoes, hairspray, a lit­tle bit of tye-dye, the Hus­tle and some disco ac­tion. te’re go­ing to have a lot of fun with it,” said Chantry.

“There are many peo­ple who look for­ward to this ev­ery year,” added Petrucci. “And this year they won’t be dis­ap­pointed. ft’s go­ing to be a great fam­ily-friendly, free sum­mer event for ev­ery­one to en­joy,” he said.

A core com­mit­tee of about a dozen peo­ple works for about a year pre­par­ing for the show. ln show day, they are as­sisted by about 20 vol­un­teers who help run the event.

The show has been a long stand­ing tra­di­tion in town since the mid-1970s when Dave hrew­son (for­mer NBA Pres­i­dent) and fel­low car buffs in the DssRFLDWLRn KHOd WKH firsW auto show.

Hav­ing no nu­cleus of cars to ex­hibit, they paid “The Tren­ton Horse­less Car­riage Club” to bring their cars to State Street on a Satur­day in gune and gave them each a AR chit for lunch.

Petrucci said any­one out there who has an an­tique auto or truck that has been idling at home, just wait­ing for the op­por­tu­nity to roll into the pub­lic spot­light, the show is the place to be.

“te have a lot of fan­tas­tic cars that are al­ready pre-reg­is­tered and we’re look­ing for more to reg­is­ter,” said Petrucci. “te have room for ap­prox­i­mately 200 cars. Regis­tra­tion is go­ing very well. How­ever, we’re still ask­ing peo­ple who have very cool cars, clas­sic, an­tique, spe­cial in­ter­est to come and par­tic­i­pate in our show. te have great door prizes. ft’s a great time for ev­ery­body,” he said.

The rain date is guly 28. De­tails and on­line car regis­tra­tion can all be found at www.New­townBA.org. The regis­tra­tion form may also be down­loaded and sent with the regis­tra­tion fee; any­one want­ing to re­ceive a form by mail can con­tact ies­lie Dun­leavy at 21R-431-7030 or les­dun­leavy@gmail.com. Any ques­tions can be di­rected to this year’s Car Show Chair­man, Scott iavin, at 21R-968-3806 or Bev Dim­ler at 21R-860-8080.

Get­ting ready for this year’s car show are, from left, Coun­cil Rock High School North stu­dent and Sock ‘N’ Buskin mem­ber Mary Alice Wil­liams, Mick Petrucci, pres­i­dent of the New­town Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion, Scott Lavin, auto show chair­man, and CRN grad­u­ate and Sock ‘N’ Buskin mem­ber Lucy Rose Mor­gan.

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