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West Orange Resident Extends Invitation to Hot Rod & Classic Car Show

A replica of the 1960’s original Batmobile owned by Kenilworth resident Lou Magnifico will be one of the highlights of the First Annual Hot Rod & Classic Car Show presented by the Mt. Prospect Partnership in Newark’s North Ward.

WEST ORANGE, NJ - prWest Orange resident Mario Moyano, a Trustee with the Mt. Prospect Partnership (MPP), invites all West Orange residents to attend a Hot Rod & Classic Car Show in Newark’s Historic Forest Hill Neighborhood on Sunday, September 8th from 11:00 am till 4:00 pm. The event is being sponsored by Wells Fargo and the North Ward Center. Mt. Prospect Partnership has also partnered with the Susan G. Komen Foundation for the event to help raise awareness and financial support for the fight against breast cancer. The rain date is September 15th.

Over $1000 in cash will be awarded for Best Hot Rod, Best Muscle Car, Best Custom Car and Best Antique/Nostalgic Vehicle. Event highlights include a special visit by Lou “Batman” Magnifico and his amazing 1960’s replica Batmobile along with live music, food vendors and children’s entertainment.

“We are looking forward to hosting our first annual car show which will take place on Mt. Prospect Ave. between Elwood Avenue and Heller Parkway in Newark,” Moyano noted. “The Partnership has received calls from classic car owners who once lived in the area and want to display their vehicles in front of particular addresses, and we are excited to welcome them and showcase how the Partnership has helped improve the area.”

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“The preregistration fee of $15 ($20 day of event) is a minimal amount for such a great event, such great prizes and for such a worthy cause,” stated Michael Sheehan, President of the Mt. Prospect Partnership. “All vehicle participants will receive a t-shirt commemorating this first ever event along with the possibility of winning a share of the $1000 in prize money.”

Frank Petolino, MPP Executive Director, said the street will be closed to vehicular traffic during the event with between 75 and 100 cars expected to be on display. Absolutely no bicycles or skateboards will be allowed in the display area.

Staging of the vehicles will start on the day of the event between the hours of 8:00 am and 10:00 am. Space is limited, so early registration is encouraged. For more information about the event or to register, please contact Frank Petolino (973-481-6200) or Chris Bernardo (973-482-2200). To learn more about other programs and services provided by Mt. Prospect Partnership, visit or follow the district at

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