It was the perfect blend of beautiful weather, classic cars, a fun venue and a great DJ.   To top it off, $27,000 was netted for the Joan Knechel Cancer Center and other local causes.  The event was the annual Memorial Motor Madness Car Show held on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend and sponsored by the Hackettstown Rotary.

000_1337Three thousand people, including spectators, vendors, and exhibitors helped to make the 20th anniversary of the event a day to remember. Four hundred and twenty-five cars graced the MARS Chocolate/North America parking lot.

“We were thrilled with the support for this 20th Memorial Motor Madness car show. While there were few years that welcomed as many cars or more, we had a record number of guests from all over the Metro area. It clearly is the biggest and best car show we’ve had. And because the number of members of the Hackettstown Rotary Club has grown, we had more volunteers than ever, making this year’s production a smooth operation,” said Hackettstown Rotary Club president, Kevin Guyette.

While there were a variety of cars on display, it was Jerry Ziemba of Long Valley who walked away with “Best Overall” for his 1967 SS Camaro.  DJ Doc South did the honors as MC.  Meanwhile, seemingly all around and looking down on it all, were the smiling faces of the M&Ms gang.

“Our deep gratitude [goes] to MARS for graciously hosting the event and making everyone welcome. They do a spectacular job of handling all of the small and large on-site details that make an event like ours so successful, and our sponsors provided the financial support that will make it possible for the Rotary Club to make a significant donation to the Joan Knechel Cancer Center at Hackettstown Regional Medical Center. It sounds trite, but we could not have done it without them,” shared Guyette.

It takes a number of people to help put on such an event, but Guyette noted one person who deserved special thanks:

“If I may, I would also like to publicly thank our car show committee chair Robert Eberle of Long Valley. Bob really does have this car show in his head, and there is not a single detail he overlooks in his passion for perfection, not only for the event, but also for making this a great introduction to Rotary.”

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Elsie Walker