Engines In Motion For Madison Car Show


The Madison Chamber of Commerce and Madison P.B.A. #92 are hosting their 24th Annual Madison Car Show on Sat., Oct. 1. This popular event runs in conjunction with Madison’s Bottle Hill Day street festival.

The Madison Car Show is held in the parking lot of the Madison Volunteer Ambulance Corps headquarters at the corner of Kings Road and Prospect Street. The event site is a short walk from the Bottle Hill Day festivities, which are centered in Madison’s business district.

One of the most prestigious automotive events in New Jersey, the Madison Car Show features many vehicles in several classes, including hot rods, trucks, customs, antiques, classics and street machines. There is no set price for fan admission, but donations are encouraged and generously accepted at the gate.

Peter Daniele, the proprietor of Rose City Collision, 291 Main Street, is the long-time chair of the Madison Car Show committee. Daniele is also a vice president of the Madison Chamber of Commerce, a independent, non-profit business league.

“This is our twenty-fourth car show and we are expecting several hundred car enthusiasts to enjoy the sparkle, shine and spectacle of dozens and dozens of unique automobiles and trucks right here in our hometown, the Rose City, for one day only,” Daniele said. “The site of the car show is located between the Madison’s Borough Hall and the Madison Public Safety Building,” he said.

“Last year’s car show was canceled for safety reasons, due to inclement weather, so we are looking very forward to welcoming everyone back this year to enjoy this fun, long running event,” said Karen Giambra, the Chamber’s executive director.

Madison Tire & Auto Repair is the primary sponsor for this year’s event.

Show participants are eligible to win awards and door prizes. The grand door prize is a $500 Stop & Shop Gift Card donated by Stop & Shop in Madison. All car show entrants
are eligible to enter the drawing.

The Best in Show Award is sponsored by Pine Manor Associates, Painting & Wallcovering Specialists in Madison. In addition, there will be a Best in Show 2nd Place and a Best in Show 3rd Place Award.

Awards will also be given for Best Custom Engine, Best Custom Paint, Best Stock Engine & Best Stock Paint. Twelve special awards in various categories and the “Top 50” Award for the best fifty entries will also be presented. A new award this year for the Best Muscle Car is named in honor of Madison Police Department Captain Joe Cirella. All awards are sponsored by local companies that do business in Madison.

The Madison Car Show begins at 9 a.m. The awards ceremony starts at 3 p.m. To be eligible for judging and prizes, all cars must arrive at the show no later than 11 a.m.

D.J. “Wolfman Jerry” will spin the music of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. A volunteer cooking crew from the Madison Fire Department will provide the refreshments. On-street parking is free in Madison.

The car show committee invites all car show enthusiasts to pre-register their vehicles by Fri., Sept.23 for the discounted fee of $15 and to guarantee participation. The day-of-registration is $20.

Registration forms may be obtained by calling Peter Daniele at 973-377-4037. On the day of the show please call 201-924-2209 with questions or concerns.

“Peter has organized and managed the car show since 1990 and he makes it more successful and fun every year,” said John Morris, co-owner of Stewart-Morris Awards, Gifts & Flags, of 71 Kings Road. Morris is also the president of the Madison Chamber of Commerce.

“For almost a quarter of a century the people of Madison and surrounding areas have enjoyed visiting one of the most unique car shows anywhere,” said Morris. “We’re looking forward to seeing a lot of great cars, their owners and spectators.”

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