COVENTRY — This Sunday, July 30 the Coventry Town Hall and Library parking lot will be filled with a wide variety of hot rods, antiques, classics, motorcycles and more for the Third Annual Coventry Custom Car, Motorcycle and Truck Show.
Patrons will see everything from the old to the new as well as the futuristic, according to resident Mark Robitaille, who has helped coordinate the event for the last three years, and all proceeds will benefit Coventry Human Services and the Ronald McDonald House.
Starting at 9 a.m. collectors from around the state and beyond will begin filing in to show off some of their favorite pieces. Thirty-seven trophies will be given out in multiple categories, including 25 top picks, five town picks, one best of show in each class and three Cowboy Cruiser picks.
The event, which runs until 2 p.m., has been sponsored in the past by the Celebrate Coventry Committee which planned the show for the last two years as part of Coventry’s 275th anniversary celebration. This year the town is sponsoring it for the first time.
“We’ve got some of the best cars in southern New England,” said Robitaille, a member of Coventry’s Department of Public Works who plans on cruising in this Sunday in his maroon 1967 Pontiac Firebird. “It should be a lot of fun and it’s all to benefit the community.”
There is a $ 10 registration fee for those entering in the contest, but the event is free and open to the public with the donation of a canned good or non-perishable item for the Coventry Food Bank.
Robitaille said people can expect to see all kinds of vehicles this weekend, like newer muscle cars and bikes and even emergency vehicles like fire trucks. There is even a 1929 Harley Davidson coming.
“I’ve been hearing from people all over the place,” he said. “This is one of our premiere events and all are welcome.”
He also noted that with the loss of the beloved local event “Old Home Days,” the event brings back some of the town’s former traditions. In the first year the show featured 123 entries. Last year there were about 80, but with weather the turnout is expected to be high this year due to a sunny and comfortable 73 degrees expected for Sunday.
The Cowboy Cruisers, a husband and wife duo and nonprofit, will be judging and DJing the event, and food will be provided by the Haven Brothers food truck. Visitors can also buy tickets for a 50/50 raffle. Those entering the contest are asked to register by noon with a canned good.
As part of the contest, one car will be chosen in honor of the late John Jester, a Coventry resident who drove a senior van for Coventry Human Services. His wife and sons will choose a winner for the category to receive a special trophy.
The car show will take place behind the Coventry Town Hall/Library at 1670 Flat River Road.
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