Newtown revved up for Antique & Classic Auto Show
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.
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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 email@example.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.