Arts & Entertainment

Madison Revs Up for 25th Annual Car Show

(From left to right): Patrolman Joe DiRocco, John Kirwan, owner of Madison Tire & Auto Repair; 2017 Madison Car Show Chairman Peter Daniele; PBA President Cpl. Vincent Dellavalle Credits: Madison Area Chamber of Commerce

MADISON, NJ – Bottle Hill Day is coming up, and that means the return of the Madison Car Show. Auto aficionados from far and wide are revving up for the Oct. 7 event, which celebrates its 25th birthday this year.

The Madison Car Show begins at 9 a.m. in the parking lot of the Madison Volunteer Ambulance Corps headquarters at 29 Prospect St.

Traditionally held in conjunction with Madison’s annual Bottle Hill Day, the car show is blocks away from the downtown festivities that mark the start of fall in Madison each year.

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"The Madison Car Show is a hometown gem,” said John Morris, president of the Madison Area Chamber of Commerce and co-owner of Stewart-Morris Awards, Gifts & Flags at 71 Kings Rd.

Featuring hot rods, trucks, customs, antiques, classics and street machines, this quarter-century-old event has become “one of the most prestigious automotive events in New Jersey,” according to the Madison Chamber of Commerce.

“This is our 25th car show, and we’re expecting several hundred car enthusiasts to enjoy the sparkle, shine and spectacle of dozens and dozens of unique automobiles and trucks right here in our hometown, the Rose City," said Peter Daniele, longtime chair of the Madison Car Show Committee, vice president of the Madison Area Chamber of Commerce and proprietor of Rose City Collision at 291 Main St.

Madison PBA 92 and the Madison Area Chamber of Commerce will host the event, sponsored by local businesses. Madison Tire & Auto Repair is the event's main sponsor.

Show participants are eligible to win awards and door prizes, which include eight top awards and 12 special awards for engine, paint, type of vehicle and more, as well as “Top 50” awards for the best 50 entries.

The awards ceremony begins at 3 p.m. All cars must arrive by 11 a.m. to be considered for awards. 

DJ Wolfman Jerry will spin the music of the 50s, 60s and 70s throughout the event, and an all-volunteer cooking crew from the Madison Fire Department will offer refreshments. 

All car show participants should register with the Madison Car Show Committee by Sept. 30 to guarantee participation. Pre-show registration is $15 and day-of-show registration is $20.

For registration forms, call Peter Daniele of the Madison Car Show Committee at 973-377-4037. On the day of the show, call 201-924-2209 with questions or concerns.

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