Summit Flashback: Classic Car Show Returns to Downtown
Sunday's event expected to draw thousands.
Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on Summit Patch Sep 17, 2010. This year's car show takes place Sunday, Sept. 16 starting at 10a.m.
The Antique Classic Car Show is returning to Summit on Sunday for the 14th time in as many years. This year's sponsor is TD Bank. Because the show is coinciding with the farmers market, event organizers expect nearly 5,000 attendees.
"(The show) will introduce a lot of people to Summit and downtown," said Gil Owren of Summit Downtown, Inc. "You can't go wrong with that."
The show will feature about 200 cars spanning the history of the automobile, from Model Ts to Shelby Cobras. Cars will be grouped into 20 categories and judged on a variety of aesthetic criteria, with the top two receiving trophies. One additional car will receive the People's Choice trophy based on overall popularity, bringing the prize count to 41.
The event begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m., with judging and prizes at 2 p.m.. There will be a small flea market as the car show is going, and Summit Supports Our Troops will have a booth at the show as well. DJ Stickshift Eddie will be spinning oldies classics all day. Owren expects an eclectic crowd of all ages, from spillover from the farmers market to hardcore auto enthusiasts to people just looking for a little music and fun on a Sunday afternoon.
"People tailgate," he said. "We have lots of (car owners) who come back year after year. Everybody loves it."
As for lifelong Summit resident Owren, whose law practice is on Beechwood Road, he's looking forward to the event as eagerly as many classic car owners seeking trophies this weekend.
"I'm a car guy in the sense that I enjoy it, but I don't know a manifold from a cam or anything like that," said Owren. "I enjoy cars and I enjoy rock and roll."
Portions of Bank Street, Beechwood Road and Union Place, including the Park and Ride lot, will be closed for the event, and the show cars will be parked throughout. The rain date is Sunday, September 26. Owren says about 50 volunteers from Summit Downtown, Inc. will be on hand to make sure the event runs smoothly.
"We're doing it because we love the downtown," he said.