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Car Nutz Muscle and Classic Car Show to Benefit Local Charities


NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – They may call themselves Car Nutz, but the group of Central Jersey muscle and classic car organization is anything but crazy in how they raise money for charity with their annual show.

For 2014, the group of enthusiasts are showing their cars on June 14th at the North Plainfield High School parking lot from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and are inviting everyone in the community to come to the show and then visit the Street Fair on Somerset Street.

“We’re just a bunch of guys who want to clean and show off our cars,” said Dan Battista, Car Nutz president for the past four years. “While we’re doing that we raise some money and just it away.”

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All proceeds from the event will go to three primary charities, including a foundation that support Brendan Morrocco, the first American veteran of the war in Afghanistan to survive a quadruple amputation.  The program also helps fund North Plainfield’s Project Graduation and the Plainfield Area Humane Society.

Battista himself is going to have a busy day.  At 1:30 he’ll leave the Car Nutz show to join his band, Everybody’s Everything, for their sound check on the stage at the North Plainfield Street Fair.  After spending the previous night and all morning coordination the car show, he’ll play three forty-five minute sets.

Judged prizes are awarded for many categories, including Top Car for Corvettes, trucks, Mustangs, custom and imports; as well as most original modified car for Mopar, Ford, General Motors and trucks.  Additional awards are provided for each decade of car from 1930 to the 21st Century.

There are also People’s Choice awards for Dream Car and Car I Would Like to Drive Home.

Slots are still available on the day of the Car Nutz show for anyone with an appropriate car for $20.  Registration forms are available at or by calling Battista at (908) 616-3574. 

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