UPDATE: Due to the weather forecast, the 40th Annual Bristol Antique Auto Show has been rescheduled to Sunday, June 10th. Stay dry!

BRISTOL BOROUGH >> Sunday, May 20 will be a step back in time kind of day with statement cars and gleaming chrome, family fun, awesome eats, and hopefully, near perfect weather in historic Bristol on the Delaware for its annual car enthusiast event. Everyone remembers his or her first love and for some it wasn’t a person, it was a car.

The world we live in can often seem hurried, unsympathetic, and complex, so take “a moment in time” to revisit once more and chat with old friends and new friends that you are certain to make. Share stories about fire breathing engines with subtle touches, tire smoking hot rods, and the one that got away. It’s the varied interests that lure the collector and help make the car hobby so enjoyable.

The proud owners are obviously more than happy to tell you all about their vehicle, how it was restored, plans for future restoration, or any other topic you want to discuss. They willingly ensure any who will listen that their rides are just as “go” as they are “show”!

With the all somewhat similar design of cars today, the hard bodied box type cars of yesteryear emit a certain aura of glamour and a luster of sophistication, further stoking a desire for cars in general.

Car shows are perfect settings to recall fond old memories and make some new ones.

Classic cars are usually 30 years old or older, maintained in or restored to original condition. Prized examples could include Corvettes, MGs, Triumphs, Packards, Deusenbergs, and full-size Detroit-made convertibles.

Historic Bristol is quite a jewel of a town and proves to be the best place to find some awesome cars and owners who exhibit their lovingly customized and/or restored automotive treasures.

This small town sure draws big crowds.

Chairman Richard Peter “Rich” Vallejo, proprietor of “Another Time Antiques”, has always been the driving force behind the BBBA Antique Car show. Even everything about his own shoppe on Mill Street is classic.

“I’m a car person. The 1st year, there were more trophies than cars!”

Rich shared that “beauty queen, Hurst Performance Inc.’s Miss Hurst 1984, Linda Vaughn’s car will be at the Auto Show.” Born in a little Georgia town called Dalton, her big dreams and a big personality helped her become the “1st Lady of Motorsports”.

Her contract to represent the Hurst product came with a salary of $8,000 per year plus expenses and a car, which was a Pontiac GTO.

The first Hurst/Olds was the 1968 model that shared its body with the regular Oldsmobile Cutlass and 442, but had a unique Peruvian Silver and Black paint scheme.

Bristol always celebrates in a big‚ small town way.

There is a wealth of auto enthusiasts in this area, and this annual event gives auto-related businesses an unparalleled opportunity to market directly to their target consumer.

Borough resident, Thomas Kristoff and his brother, George, are the proprietors of Kristoff’s Classic Cars, a reliable and trustworthy auto restoration shop on Davisville Road in Hatboro. They will be showing some of their classics, masterful works that they have restored from the Henry Mann collection. One is a very cool 1973 dark maroon Jensen Interceptor. Tom is working on the 1964 Studebaker Avanti “Bonneville Record Breaker”, previously owned by one of the car industry’s most talented and legendary individuals, the late Andy Granatelli, known as ‘Mister 500’. The scrappy kid who grew up in the slums of Chicago is best known for his wins at the Indy 500 and his beloved STP brand of oil treatment. Andy purchased Paxton Products, a failing engineering firm that made superchargers, made the company profitable in seven months and sold it to Studebaker Corporation.

Tom Kristoff also is currently working on a 1935 Buick model 57, and he said, “It’s a real rare black and maroon but it won’t be done until the next show.” This Antique Automobile Club of America [AACA] member has won “Best of Show” in past Bristol Auto Shows and secured a National win, “best one in the country” for a two tone 1967 blue Pontiac GTO and his 1971 El Camino [Hurst Edition] was featured on ‘My Classic Car’.

And his choice of vehicles? “I really don’t have a favorite, was just always into cars. I like Camaros, Mercedes and Corvettes.”

Local entrepreneurs, Roland Hems III and his wife, Megan, owners of “Hems Truck and Auto” on Farragut Avenue, will be entering their exceptional quality 1977 two tone light and dark blue Dodge Charger Daytona with a two tone white and blue interior. “It’s a survivor. Never restored; never repainted!”

His favorite vehicles are Chargers, Chrysler Cordobas, an intermediate personal luxury coupe and Dodge Magnums. They will also be showing their 1978 light grey Magnum. According to Roland, “It’s a little rough; not completely restored and perfect, but it’s the color of the moon.”

Sponsors for this festive event include Penn Community Bank, the local community bank on Mill Street and Chuck’s Bar-B-que on Pond Street.

The BBBA is always searching for sponsors to help offset the expense of the Auto Show, offering this as a terrific opportunity to promote one’s agency to a captive audience and give one business exposure not only in the community, but also with antique car owners throughout the area.

The event is FREE to the public and, as always there is NO CHARGE for spectators parking in the Mill Street lot. Registration fees apply for auto entry. $15 PRE- SHOW / $20 DAY OF SHOW.

Registration for exhibitors begins at 8 a.m.

Participation is open to properly insured classic cars only. All production automobiles built before 1993 are welcome!

Whether you love cars or love someone who does, this is one event you do not want to miss!

It’s NOT too late!

Anyone interested in exhibiting an original or restored car at the show should call Rich at 215-788-3131 for more information for the 40th Annual Bristol Borough Business Association Antique Car Show or stop in to speak with him at his Another Time Antiques, 301 Mill Street, Bristol 19007-4810.

Come join in on the FUNomenal exhibit of classic cars on May 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

You really AUTO be there!

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