NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The downtown will be filled roadsters, jalopies, muscle cars, vintage vehicles, and pretty much anything on with a motor on Sunday as the city of North Adams hosts the 9th annual Motorama Car Show.
The event is free and open to the public and runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Main Street, Holden Street and Eagle Street, which will be closed to all but pedestrian traffic.
Last year's Motorama brought close to 500 vehicles to the streets of North Adams, and this year hopes to draw record attendance. Those interested in exhibiting their vehicles can register beginning at 7:30 a.m. the day of the event. The cost to enter a vehicle is $15.
In addition to looking at meticulously restored and maintained vehicles, attendees can enjoy music from WUPE radio, 50/50 raffles, food, and shopping downtown.
The PopCares swap meet will take place in the Steeple City Plaza parking lot on the south side of Main Street. Patrons can shop both car and craft vendors.
Event kicks off on Saturday afternoon with a free Motorama classic car cruise-in and concert at Noel Field featuring Whiskey City and Live Wire, sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union.
Classic show cars will be allowed to cruise-in using the gate access along the river by Joe Wolfe Field. Everyone else is welcome to park in the lot and walk in. Gates open at 1 p.m., music starts at 2 p.m. with Live Wire, followed by Whiskey City. Food will be available on site for purchase and Bright Ideas Brewing will be offering its local brews.
A very special guest, Paul Mennett, will be back with his Magical Mystery Cruise and Circle of Champions at Saturday's cruise-in concert, and will have a booth at Sunday's car show.
The event is run in collaboration with the city's Office of Community Events and event organizers including Joe Dean of Dean's Quality Automotive, Jeff Sylvester from McAndrews-King, and Daryl Roy from NAPA Auto Parts as well as a group of hard-working volunteers. The Berkshire County Night CruZers car club will lend a hand during the event by handling registration and the 50/50 raffles and announcements happening throughout the day.
The show donates all of its proceeds to local charities, and gives charities a chance to fundraise during the event.
A parking ban will be in effect in the following locations beginning at midnight the night before the Sunday event. Ban includes: Main Street, Eagle Street, North Church Street, Ashland Street between Main and Summer Streets, and portions of the Steeple City Plaza (former Kmart) Parking Lot.
Motorama's lead sponsors are Greylock Federal Credit Union, West Oil Co., Berkshire County Construction, Dane's Auto Parts, T&M Auto Sales, Ronnie's Cycles, H.A. George Fuel, and the Holiday Inn. Motorama extends a special thank you to all of the local businesses and organizations that have generously supported this event and to WNAW 1230 AM and WUPE 100.1 FM.
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