Donny Cranmer Memorial Car Show October 10

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THE WHEEL THING: The auto show namesake loved to race boats and cars. His hot rod was a precious commodity. (Source: Don Cranmer Facebook page)

This Sunday, October 10, discover the Donny Cranmer Memorial Car Show at Manahawkin Lake Park, along with the Fall Harvest Festival and the weekend’s Red Rocker Record Fair. The free auto show runs from noon to 5 p.m., and it’s not too late to enter.

Those wishing to exhibit cars must arrive before 11 a.m. to be placed in a location. The entry fee for show cars is $ 10 or a new toy for a child in need. Proceeds from the auto show go to Stafford PBA Toy Drive.

The trophies, vendors, and food are all part of the fun; Live entertainment will be provided by 1980s tribute band Ridgemont High.

The auto show is a six-year tradition, but was renamed this year in honor of Donny Cranmer, who died aged 69 on Friday, August 13.

“This idea came after his death because he was instrumental in many local auto clubs, and in particular in organizing this show,” said Stafford recreation director Jason Hazelton. “We came up with the idea of ​​adding a car show to the fall harvest festival not only because of the visibility of the lake location, but specifically to help increase toy donations for the PBA / Recreation Toy Drive by making the entry fee a new unboxed toy or $ 10. All donations remain local and help families in need throughout the holiday season. “

Cranmer, a Manahawkin native, “better known as Brains and the best Pop-Pop in the world,” according to his obituary, made fond childhood memories in Beach Haven, surfing, clam fishing and boating. . He loved boat and car races. “A true die-hard NASCAR fan, Donny was also an avid hot rod enthusiast, proudly taking his T-bucket to numerous auto shows, where he won numerous awards.”

“Donny has always been a classic car enthusiast and had a passion to share the love of old cars and the stories of old Manahawkin with everyone he met,” said Hazelton. “His family is hoping to have their famous hot rod on display there in his honor. Donny was also very close to CJ Manfra, owner of The Ice Cream Shop of Manahawkin and other local vintage car enthusiast. CJ took the helm of the auto show this year. , and we expect a fantastic turnout. We’re sure this will be the one to put a smile on Donny’s face, as the rumble of vintage vehicles rolls into Manahawkin Lake Park on Sunday morning. ” —VF


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