15th Annual “Main Street Drag”
Collegeville Car Show
Sunday, Aug. 10
10 to 5 p.m.
Main Street, between Third Avenue and Ninth Avenue, Collegeville
Rain date: Aug. 17
Awards presentation around 4 p.m.
Registration ($17) and on-street parking beginning at 8 a.m.
COLLEGEVILLE — It doesn’t matter if it’s a souped-up ’66 Mustang or a factory stock ’75 Corvette, every car will have a story to tell at the 15th Annual “Main Street Drag” on Sunday.
And you can bet that on the day when Collegeville turns into the horsepower capital of Montgomery County, drawing thousands of gearheads and even casual car buffs into town, all car owners exhibiting their prize metal will be happy to share every last personal historical detail with the crowds.
Many of the gleaming sculptures of automotive grace and symmetry lined up on Main Street from Third to Ninth avenues will be accustomed to the bumper-to-bumper glory.
But some, like Al Brooks’ red ’66 Chevy II Nova SS with black interior, will have been coaxed out of their garages and jump-started into the limelight.
Brooks’ Chevy had been languishing in the garage for years until his son-in-law, Christian In, talked him into allowing the car to be shown in last year’s “Main Street Drag.”
“It was just sitting in the garage, collecting dust. It was one of the first cars he owned but he never drove it or did anything with it anymore,” said In, who admitted he loves going to car shows and spotted a golden opportunity to participate in one.
“I don’t have a car of my own I’d want to show, so I asked him if I could enter it in the show,” he said. “I had a classic car many years ago and his car is very similar to the one I had.”
In was rewarded with a trophy for his efforts in freeing the Chevy from its years of dark seclusion.
“They gave me the trophy for Furthest Distance Traveled,” said In, who lives in the Poconos, where the car had been stored. “I wasn’t expecting to win a trophy.”
So how did Brooks feel about his old Chevy gaining a new lease on life?
“Ultimately I think he was happy that the car was taken out of the garage and out for everybody to enjoy,” In said. “He seemed happy that I was enjoying the car on his behalf.”
With more businesses coming on board every year to help bankroll the show, which benefits the Collegeville Fire Company, the event is bigger than ever, said car show organizer and firefighter Zenon Janicki.
“The businesses in Collegeville are really starting to get involved,” he allowed. “This is really more than a car show … it’s a real family event and a community day, with things like Gymboree’s Kids Corner (noon to 3 p.m.). It’s really about the businesses and the community really coming together. We’re also asking everybody coming to the show to bring a canned good for the Jerusalem Church food pantry in Schwenksville.”
“Main Street Drag” will be inciting some serious car club rivalry for the second year in a row, Janicki noted.
“Last year the Norristown Car Club took home the trophy for a car club entering the most cars, which was 35 cars, and they’ve vowed to take the trophy home again this year. But we’ve got more car clubs than ever coming to the show, so we’ll see.”
Sponsors of “Main Street Drag” include Pfizer; Dow; TD Bank; Classic Coachworks; Philly Pretzel Factory, Collegeville; Lanza Landscaping & Supply; Keenan, Ciccitto and Associates; My Friend’s Tavern; Santoni’s Garage; George Hirn; C.B. Bean Auto Reconditioning & Detailing; First Niagara; Phamous Phil’s BBQ & Grille; State Farm/Larry Hoak; Marshall’s Home Comfort; Edge Signs & Graphics LLC; Gymboree Play & Music-Collegeville; Salter’s Fireplace Patio Grill; Century 21 Alliance; Pep Boys; Forno Antico; Marzella’s Pizzeria and The Pizza Stop.
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