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Restored Speedsters, Monster Trucks and More at Flemington Speedway Car Show

Here are some of the hundreds of cars and trucks displayed at last year's FSHS Car Show. Credits: courtesy photo
The Mercury-bodied, Frontenac-equipped Ford Model T speedster of FSHS members Joe and Brenda Henshaw will be on display. Credits: courtesy photo
Credits: courtesy photo
Here's a restored race car at the 2015 Flemington Speedway Historical Society Car Show. Credits: courtesy photo
Some cars from the 2016 Delaware Township Great Crate Race will be at the show. Credits: courtesy photo

EAST AMWELL TWP. - All types of vehicles are welcome at the sixth annual Flemington Speedway Historical Society Car Show. Cars, motorcycles, trucks, tractors and even boats have been displayed in prior years.

The show is Saturday, Oct. 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine at the South County Park (County Fairgrounds) along Route 179 just south of Ringoes. Advance registration, now possible online through Eventbrite and FSHS’s web site, is already double that of any previous year, FSHS President Dave Garboski reported.

It’s not just a Garden State show; thousands of brochures, postcards, and posters have been printed and distributed to car show participants throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and beyond, he noted.

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FSHS is a public charity whose mission is to preserve, protect and document the history of the Flemington Fairgrounds and Speedway. Proceeds benefit FSHS and the Hunterdon County 4-H and Agricultural Fair. The Fair group has lined up a variety of food vendors.

Last year, more than 900 vehicles were shown, making it Hunterdon's largest car show. Flea market and swap meet vendors are welcome to set up inside buildings. Space is limited; pre-registration is recommended. Four 160-foot long pole barns will be used by vendors. Premium outdoor commercial vendor spaces are also available. Exhibitors and vendors should register online to save time. Gates open for vendors and exhibitors at 7 a.m. For details go to the website.

Lentini Auto Salvage of Copper Hill, the show presenter, will have a display. Flemington Car & Truck Country and ShopRite of Hunterdon County return as key donors. The NAPA Auto Parts display will feature a restored 1960s Top Fuel dragster - Jim and Alison Lee’s Great Expectations II. Owner Brian Beattie, responsible for its authentic restoration, will be starting the engine - known as “cackling” - during the event.

The “Monster” trucks of sister and brother Jessica and Billy Braukmann, Be Aware and Shockwave respectively, will be displayed courtesy of KB Logistics and Paul Fenwick Art. KB is a transportation company based next to the Black River & Western Railroad headquarters in Ringoes.

Flemington Raritan First Aid and Rescue will display some of its large, state-of-the-art equipment. Any state or municipal first responder organization - police, rescue or fire - may display free by registering online. Personnel and equipment from the New Jersey National Guard Armory, on Route 12 in Raritan Township will be part of the show for the first time.

Everitt Equipment of Ringoes will display classic cars as well as small tractors and equipment. FSHS supports the Delaware Township Great Crate Race; two years ago it began donating to the cause as well as presenting a “Spirit of Flemington Speedway” award. Some of the gravity-powered crates from this race will be on display at the car show.

The band The Shades will perform classic pop and rock in the main building. Doctor D. Entertainment of Clinton, headed by Dan Torrone, will take charge of the great outdoors, broadcasting music and holding contests for prizes.

Spectator admission is $5 per person. Children 16 and under are admitted free with adult. Spectator parking is free. Vehicle entry fee is $15. Trophies will be awarded in several vehicle categories. In accord with county Division of Parks and Recreation rules, no alcoholic beverages permitted. Dogs are also banned.

Although the fairgrounds is near Ringoes, for GPS navigation, use the address 1207 Route 179, Lambertville, N.J. 08530. To contact car show administration, email carshow@flemingtonspeedwayhist or call 908-246-8820.

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