CHATHAM, NJ - Matt Belcastro drives a Chatham Borough Police car all the time as part of his job. But every once in a while the police officer gets to show off a little when he drives a 1967 Ford Galaxie that looks like a Chatham Borough Police Car from back in the day.
"Everyone loves it when I drive it," Belcastro said. "I was driving it and a woman stopped me in traffic just to tell me how much she liked it."
Belcastro's Borough of Chatham Police car and his 1967 Firebird were part of the fourth annual Chatham PBA 226 Car Show at the Fishawack Festival on Saturday. The show was the biggest to date for the event, drawing 30 cars.
Previously, Belcastro worked in an auto body shop before he became a police officer. He explains how he bought the Ford Galaxie that he detailed himself in the video below.
The Chatham PBA 226 handed out awards to Tom Brueckner of Madison for his 1966 Ford Bronco; Mark Connor of Vaux Hall for his 1969 Z28 Chevy Camaro; Bob Simoldoni of Morristown for his 1954 Chevy Pickup, and Daniel Valentin for his 1986 Buick Grand National.
Chatham Borough Police Chief Brian Gibbon hands an award at the car show
Chatham resident Joel Boroff showed off his 1968 Velocette MSS motorcycle, which he purchased in the Canal Zone in Panama in 1969. At the time, it had 300 miles on hit and he paid $400 for the motorcycle made in Birmingham, England.