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Car and Bike Enthusiasts Pack the Streets Around City Hall for the 10th Annual Show

1933 Lincoln Credits: Fran Sullivan
Executive director Janice de Avila, third from left, poses with her Historic Midtown Elizabeth Special Improvement District staff. Credits: Fran Sullivan
Miss Garden State and Elizabeth resident Kiana Harris strikes a pose beside a vintage car. Credits: Fran Sullivan

ELIZABETH, NJ – Visitors to 10th Annual Car & Bike Show, sponsored by the Historic Midtown Elizabeth Special Improvement District, could stroll through the decades looking at automobiles and motorcycles that span almost 100 years, such as from a 1933 Lincoln to the Batmobile.

“The Car Show brings people here from all around the state of New Jersey to see our beautiful, vibrant Midtown District in the city of Elizabeth,” said Janice de Avila, executive director of Historic Midtown Elizabeth Special Improvement District. “We have people here from Staten Island, New York, Manhattan, and south, west, and central Jersey. Everyone is here. There are more than 200 cars and bikes, and more than 40 vendors.”

Visitors wandered up and down the streets in front of City Hall, serenaded by the Cameos, a well-known, classic rock band. They had plenty of food choices and vendors to visit. Miss Garden State Kiana Harris, an Elizabeth resident, added glamour to the event.  

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For the exhibitors, the show was chance to meet others who share their interest. Tim Fox sat with his brother, Steve, in front of his 1930 red Ford. “I like coming here and talking to the other people,” he said. “This is really a hobby.”

Added Steve, “I like looking at the other cars and listening to the music.”

For the Fox brothers, who a include Pat, the love of cars has become a family tradition with Steve’s son also into restoration.

Elizabeth native Louis Martinez proudly showed off his 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air. “My first car was a 1957 Bel Air. I love old cars, especially chevys.”

James DeSalvo Jr. brought his 1947 black Chevrolet with a split windshield to the show. “I have always loves cars,” he said. “My father owned a car wash, and I always liked cars.”

The hundreds of people at the show seemed to share his interest.             

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