‘Car Guys’ Return to South Philly for East Passyunk Car Show


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A South Philly festival that always draws large crowds returned on Sunday after a two-year pandemic hiatus. Gasoline prices could not stop the East Passyunk Motor Show and Street Festival to get things going.

Classic cars, muscle cars, vintage cars, custom cars and trucks of various types lined East Passyunk Avenue for the return of the motor show. It was the 15th annual event, where families were encouraged to come and view the cars.

There was also food, as well as music and a sense of community among attendees, including Alan Weinstein, who came from Ambler to showcase his truck, a 2005 Dodge Ram SRT-10.

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“It’s got the Viper engine in it. And it’s the commemorative edition. It’s one of 200 made,” he said. “It’s great to see everyone. We’re a big family doing this, so it’s a good time.

Many agreed that it was a family affair… but it was also a competition. The vehicles competed in categories such as Best Engine, Best Paint, Best Truck, and Best Show Car and Motorcycle.

March McKnight had a 2005 z51 Chevrolet Corvette performance package. “I modified it”, he detailed, “from the engine, to the [Lamborghini] doors, rear quarter panels, everything.”


The white, red and black Corvette, with around 30,000 miles, has spent most of the past two years in its Delaware garage.

“[I] didn’t drive it. It’s the first time I’ve driven it since May last year,” he said. “Once I took it out to dinner, my wife and I, and someone scratched my door. That was it. Food wasn’t that important to getting my car scratched. I parked it in the garage and I take it out when I go to a show.”

It was the seventh time he had taken part in what he called one of his favorite competitions.

“I like going to shows with auto guys. Auto guys are proud of their cars. Some of them modify and build stuff themselves. That’s why I really like the show. Besides, it’s a beautiful landscape, the street is quite beautiful, the shops are open.”

Above all, attendees said, it was really about being able to show off their cars and enjoy the day in South Philadelphia.


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