NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – North Plainfield’s 6th Annual Summer Car Cruise, took place on July 19 and this year’s event featured over 30 vehicles, including classic cars, hot rods and more. Sponsored by the Mayor’s Special Events Committee and hosted by the North Plainfield-based Car Nutz Car Club, the cruise is a highly anticipated summer event, attracting residents from the borough and surrounding communities.
“It’s great to see the town come out in full force each year,” said Dan Battista, president of Car Nutz, adding that he is thankful to the borough, especially Mayor Michael Giordano, Gail Cain and the rest of the Mayor’s Special Events Committee, for their continued support. “This is a great community event.”
Set up along Somerset Street between Lincoln Place and Jackson Avenue, this year’s cruise featured a 1934 Ford, a 2014 Camaro and everything in between. Throughout the evening, a steady stream of people strolled along Somerset for an up-close-and-personal look at the vehicles. Many stopped to admire the vehicles, ask the owners questions and take photos of or with their favorite cars.
“This is a big event in the center of town,” said Battista, president of Car Nutz. “The cruise is a good community event and this year’s has attracted a really good turnout.”
Frank DeVico, a resident of Middlesex and a mechanic by trade, brought the 1949 Chevy Bel Air he rebuilt two years ago – complete with a Ford engine – to the North Plainfield Car Cruise. “I usually go to three to four shows a week,” said DeVico, a former resident of the borough who also restored and owns a 1953 Ford. “This is a nice town and a good car show,” DeVico, a former resident of the borough, said.
Michael Townley, a resident of South Plainfield and secretary of the Plainfield-North Plainfield Rotary Club, had his 1937 Chevy Master pickup on display. Purchased in July 1999 in ‘pieces’ for just $2,500, Townley spent much of the next years completely restoring the car and, in September 2000, displayed it at a car show in Summit.
Today, the vehicle is worth at least ten times what he paid but Townley said he isn’t looking to sell it. “I have three sons. I am sure one of them will want it,” Townley said.
In addition to some pretty cool cars, this year’s cruise also featured oldies music from DJ Robert Longo and food for purchase – including Italian ices, fresh squeezed lemonade, hot dogs, sausage & peppers, burgers, soda, and water – from North Plainfield business owner Angel Aviles.
The 6th Annual Summer Car Cruise concluded with the awarding of three trophies: a 1989 ‘Knight Rider’ Pontiac took home the ‘People’s Choice’ trophy while a 1968 Ford M151 A2 won the Car Nutz President’s Choice’ trophy and a 1966 Ford Mustang won the ‘Mayor’s Choice’ trophy.
“I drive it in the area every day,” said Middlesex resident Paul Zelesky of the trophy-winning M151 A2 he purchased approximately 15 years ago for $5,000.
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