POINT PLEASANT – For their 33rd year going, the Point Pleasant Borough Rotary Club hosted their car show, featuring vintage cars ranging from as early as the 1920s, all the way to 2003.
Despite having to reschedule the event by one week due to rain, the event, which took place on Tuesday, saw hundreds of Point Pleasant residents, and many residents from nearby municipalities come out to support this free event.
John Curtis, chairman of the Rotary car show, said “We get a huge attendance every year. This is a prime example of the support we get from the community.” Over 1,000 residents from Point Pleasant and neighboring boroughs had come out to support this event.
Food trucks, a 50/50 and 288 vintage cars were on display in the Crystal Point Yacht Club parking lot from 6 to 9 p.m.
The parking lot could not fit any more cars in it, according to Mr. Curtis, showcasing the success of the event.
Wolfman Gerry created the mood with music from the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s in the cool evening with breezes from the Manasquan River.
Over 70 awards and trophies were given out as the evening drew to a close, including: Best in Show, Best Corvette, Best Camaro, Best Mustang, Best Mopar Car, Best Foreign Car and Best Antique Car [Pre 1935].
Special designated trophies were also awarded, which included: Point Pleasant Boro Police Chief Award, Point Pleasant Boro Mayor’s Award, Freestone Family Memorial Award, The Crystal Point Trophy, Rotary District Governors Award, Past District Governor Bill Skidmore Award, the Point Pleasant Boro Club President Award and the Point Pleasant Explorer Scout Award.
Two special trophies were also given by key sponsors Pine Belt Chevrolet and All American Ford to their favorite cars. Overall, approximately 70 awards were bestowed to car owners that evening.
Gary Steen, president of the Rotary Club said this event helped raise money so the Rotary can continue to support local charities and other worthy causes.
Mr. Curtis said this event is very important as one of their past members, Ernie Freestone, who died in 2006. Mr. Freestone, who previously had owned Tally’s Body Shop, on Bridge Avenue, had come up with the idea for a car show run by the Rotary Club.
The show began as something small on Bridge Avenue, but over the years, grew exponentially until they needed to find a large enough parking lot to accommodate so many cars.
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