NEWTOWN BOROUGH, PA – After cruising through town for two years due to COVID, the Newtown Antique Classic & Auto Show returns to historic State Street today.
From 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on August 28, between 125 and 150 vintage and classic automobiles, trucks, Corvettes, and special interest cars—in all makes and models from 1900 through 1997—will be on display on State Street between Jefferson Street and Center Avenue.
With nine classes of cars, show chairman Dan Petty said people can expect all kinds of vehicles from the early 1900s through the late 1990s. Specialty cars, ex-military vehicles, trucks, cars foreign, modified cars, hot rods and more.
“People are going to love looking at these cars,” Petty said. “There is something for everyone. We have the very old cars. We have the muscle cars. Then we have the foreign cars.
Among the cars featured this year is the world’s only 1956 Continental Derham Victoria coupe, a beautifully restored custom vehicle owned by Bucks County resident Gene Epstein.
“All the rides are going to be cool,” promises longtime auto show volunteer Paul Salvatore. “It’s such a varied show that there’s always something that interests everyone. It could be a classic 1940s Packard or a WWII Jeep. We never know for sure what is going to happen.
According to Petty, experienced volunteers will judge the show by looking for the condition – dents, dings, dust – and originality of the vehicles.
In addition to showcasing the cars, the event, presented by the Newtown Business Association, aims to spotlight Newtown as a great place to live, work, shop and play.
Throughout the show, NBA members will be selling auto show t-shirts and posters. Look for their booth near Newtown Borough Hall.
Visitors to the auto show are encouraged to explore Newtown’s many business and retail stores and grab a bite to eat at one of the many dining establishments in the community. Playa Bowls will also be at the event to sell their popular bowls.
“The NBA is committed to connecting our community and the auto show is a great way to accomplish that goal,” Petty said. “We also feature our corporate sponsor partners at the event each year, giving them exclusive visibility to communicate and share their products with the community.”
The Newtown show usually attracts thousands of spectators, with trophies being awarded in special brand categories and additional classes.
The annual show has been a longstanding tradition since the mid-1970s, when Dave Krewson (former NBA President) and other Association car enthusiasts hosted the first auto show. Having no core cars to display, they paid “The Trenton Horseless Carriage Club” to bring their cars to State Street on a Saturday in June and gave them each a $5 lunch voucher.