NEWTOWN BOROUGH >> A century’s worth of automotive history will be on display when the Newtown Antique & Classic Auto Show steers into town on Sunday, July 15.
From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., between 150 and 175 antique and classic automobile, trucks, Corvettes and special interest cars - in all makes and models from 1900 to 1993 - will be on display on State Street between Jefferson Street and Centre Avenue.
“People are going to enjoy looking at these cars,” promises show chairman Rich Napoli. “Some of them are just exquisite. They are works of art. Some are fun because they are outrageous in a way. But anybody will be able to appreciate the craftsmanship, the workmanship. It’s like walking through an art gallery of automotive history. It truly is beautiful.”
And Napoli adds, you don’t have to be an automobile enthusiast to enjoy the show.
“A lot of car shows are in a big empty field or a lot. Newtown has that special feel. You have this beautiful historic street with lots of shops and restaurants and they will all be open on that day. If you’re not into cars at all you can certainly enjoy the ambiance of State Street.”
This year’s marque car is the Cadillac, which has a long and storied history dating back to the early part of the 20th century.
“Cadillac has been around for a long time and had an incredible reputation from the 1920s to the 1960s and then its reputation faltered for a while in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s,” said Napoli. “Since then they’ve been rebuilding their reputation and have come out with some beautiful cars, but the Newtown show will be focusing mostly on the earlier cars - the 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s - although any car up to 1993 is welcome in the show,” said Napoli. “I’m guessing most of the cars in the show will be the earlier ones.”
Cadillac was founded from the remnants of the Henry Ford Company in 1902 and was named after Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, the founder of Detroit, Michigan.
“They were classic luxury. They were like the American Duesenberg,” said Napoli. “They were a very highly regarded car, a very well designed car - big engines and just beautiful cars.”
Typically the show draws at least one or two Caddy’s. With it being the marque car this year, Napoli is expecting at least 10 or more. “We’ve reached out to the Cadillac clubs and invited their members to come so we’ll have more than normal.”
A new addition to the show this year will be a restored fire engine provided by the Newtown Fire Association. It will be on display near the Brick Hotel. “That should get all the kids excited,” said Napoli. “It should be a great show. I’m looking forward to it,” he said.
Throughout the show, visitors can purchase auto show t-shirts and posters, both featuring the Cadillac theme.
The Newtown show typically draws thousands of spectators, with trophies being awarded in special marque categories and 12 additional classes.
Adding to the atmosphere of the show will be appearances by Council Rock North High School’s Sock ‘n Buskin club members who will be dressed in period costume and willing to pose for pictures.
In addition to showcasing cars, the event, presented by the Newtown Business Association, is all about spotlighting Newtown as a great place to live, work, shop and play.
“Newtown’s not a big town, but it has so much charm,” said Napoli. “It’s a beautiful setting with some great shops and great restaurants which will all be open for business during the show.”
The annual Newtown Business Association’s Antique & Classic Auto Show has been a long running tradition since the mid 1970s when Dave Krewson (former NBA President) and fellow car buffs in the Association held the first 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 June and gave them each a $5 chit for lunch.
Vehicle registrations at $25 will be accepted at the door the day of the event, space allowing. Details and online car registration can be found at www.NewtownBA.org. Any questions can be directed to this year’s Car Show Chairman, Rich Napoli at 267-753-2711 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.