Hot Rods and Cool Classics Come to Annual Car Show in Newark

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Two hundred classic cars will be on display on Sunday, Sept. 8, at the seventh annual Hot Rods and Classic Car Show in Newark. Photo courtesy Mount Prospect Partnership.

Two hundred classic cars will roll into Newark on Sunday, September 8, for the seventh annual Hot Rods and Classic Car Show, a free event with activities for all ages.

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., attendees will be treated to live music, food trucks, and children’s activities. But the main event is the display of vehicles from New Jersey and beyond, some of which have won awards at national car shows.


The event kicks off at 11 a.m. with a Classic Cruise around the city’s North Ward, between Branch Brook Park and the Passaic River.

“There are so many beautiful classic cars and truck owners that call Newark and its surrounding area home,” said Chris Virginio, the president of the Mt. Prospect Partnership, the District Management Corporation for the Mt. Prospect Avenue Special Improvement District.


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A classic Chevy Bel Air. Photo courtesy Mount Prospect Partnership.

Car owners can compete for trophies and cash prizes for a fee, by registering at www.JayBeeEnt.com. The first 100 registered participants will receive a commemorative show t-shirt.

Anibal Ramos Jr., North Ward Councilman, lauded the event, saying, “The Classic Car Show has become a really popular event for families in the North Ward, whether it’s the live music, the great food vendors, the free children’s activities, or simply the vehicles. We’re proud to partner with the Mt. Prospect Partnership and the volunteers that organize this event each year.”

A portion of the proceeds from the registrations will benefit the Susan G. Komen foundation for breast cancer research.

The event takes place on Mount Prospect Avenue between Delavan Avenue and Heller Parkway. It’s accessible from the Garden State Parkway, NJ Turnpike, Rt. 78, Rt. 21, and Rt. 280.

For additional information, contact Debbie Mangual, Public Events Manager, at 201-687-7628 or [email protected].

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