Annual Madison Car Show is Oct. 5
Monday, September 23, 2013 • 9:31am
The Madison Chamber of Commerce and Madison P.B.A. #92 are hosting their twenty-second annual Madison Car Show on Saturday, Oct. 5. This popular event runs in conjunction with Madison’s Bottle Hill Day street festival.
The Madison Car Show is held in the parking lot of the Madison Volunteer Ambulance Corps headquarters at the corner of Kings Road and Prospect Street. The event site is a short walk from the Bottle Hill Day festivities, which are centered in Madison’s business district.
One of the most esteemed automotive events in New Jersey, the Madison Car Show features many vehicles in several categories, including hot rods, trucks, customs, antiques, classics and street machines.
Internationally renowned as “The Human Vise,” Pat Povilaitis is making a special and rare local appearance at this year’s car show.
"For almost a quarter of a century people from Madison and surrounding areas have enjoyed visiting one of the most unique car shows anywhere, right here in Madison New Jersey,” said Ken Toumey, president of the Chamber of Commerce.
“In this our 22nd car show we’re again expecting several hundred car enthusiasts to enjoy the sparkle, shine and spectacle of so many unique automobiles in the middle our town of Madison, the Rose City," Toumey said.
Show participants are eligible to win awards and door prizes. The Best in Show award is sponsored by Pine Manor Associates, Painting & Wallcovering Specialists, of 22 Drew Place. The grand door prize is a $500 Stop & Shop Gift Card donated by Stop & Shop, of 133 Main St., Madison. All car show entrants are eligible to enter the drawing.
Peter Daniele, the proprietor of Rose City Collision, of 291 Main St., is the long-time chair of the Madison Car Show committee.
“Peter has organized and managed the car show since 1990 and he makes it more successful and fun every year,” said John Morris, co-owner of Stewart-Morris Awards, Gifts & Flags, of 71 Kings Road. Morris and Daniele are vice presidents of the Madison Chamber of Commerce.
D.J. “Wolfman Jerry” spins the music of the 50s, 60s and 70s. A volunteer cooking crew from the Madison Fire Department provides the refreshments. On-street parking is free in Madison.
Povilaitis, “The Human Vise,” will demonstrate and perform his genuine super-human feats of strength in-person near the main stage of the car show sometime beforenoon. Povilaitis’s resume includes many special appearances on television and in magazines. He is known as “the world’s greatest steel bending strongman.”
Born and raised in Madison, Povilaitis is a good friend of the committee and when he is in town he appears exclusively at the car show, according to Daniele. Povilaitis uses his formidable hand strength and deep concentration to bend metal objects, tear telephone books and break apart handcuffs, among other astounding feats.
The Madison Car Show begins at 9 a.m. The awards ceremony starts at 3 p.m. To be eligible for judging and prizes, all cars must arrive at the show no later than 11 a.m.
The members of the car show committee invites all car show enthusiasts to pre-register their vehicles by Friday, Sept. 27 for a discounted fee of $15 and to guarantee participation. Day-of-registration is $20.
Registration forms may be obtained by calling Peter Daniele at (973) 377-4037 or Connie Phillips of the Madison Police Department at (973) 593-3015. On the day of the show please call (201) 924-2209 with questions or concerns.