SPARTA, NJ – More than 100 cars were on display on Sunday for the fourth annual Sparta Historic Society’s Classic Car Show. A large crowd came and wandered through the rows of shiny chrome and polished paint on a beautiful October day at the Sparta Middle School fields and grounds of the Sparta Historical Society.
The show was born from the Nicholson family donation of a Model T. A love of cars brought Bill Ashley, Joe Warner, Brain O’Neil and Roger Hayden together to create a way do showcase the wonderful gift. Their efforts brought the car show to the community. Ashley did not live to see their efforts come to fruition. The first show was dedicated to his honor. Ashley is represented at the show. His nephew brings his gray antique car every year.
Sparta VFW volunteers were “cooking up a storm” Commander Pete Litchfield said. VFW members manned the large grills, serving hamburgers throughout the show.
Station Road Reunion performed on the stage adjacent to the Nicholson Carriage Barn, providing music all day as well.
Volunteers in yellow shirts helped things move smoothly. Youth volunteers George Flint and Vasquez brothers Matthew, Nicholas and Roberto helped direct traffic early on.
Jim’s Automotive was a sponsor of the event. Jim Malaro Sr. performed on the drums for the Station Road Reunion. Jim Malaro Jr. said they were happy to partner with the Sparta Historical Society, helping with the food. “We wanted to help locally. Thera are not a lot of opportunities like [the car show] in the area,” Jim Malaro Jr. said. “We want to help keep it going and keep it growing.”