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Car enthusiast have nothing to fear with the 9th Annual Orchard Beach Classic Car & Motorcycle Show being held this weekend, promising to be an exciting day despite the rain dely.

Due to inclement weather the car show, presented by the Eastcoast Classic Car Association, was canceled on Sunday, September 27. Instead the show will be held on Sunday, October 4, if weather conditions permit.

Joe Caldwell and John Monsolino, president and vice president of the Eastcoast Classic Car Association, are expecting the same turnout for the event with a slight change to some of the celebrity appearances.

In place of the current Yankees, who will be traveling the weekend of the show, former Yankee stars will be on hand to meet and greet with fans, as well as other boxing, football and basketball athletes.

“The Yankees will be away, but we will have Yankee alumni,” said Monsolino. “We will also have Burt Young there along with other members of the silver screen.”

According to Monsolino, DJ Serg of Pulse 87.7 FM, Vincent Pastore and cast members of Sopranos, Joe Causi of WCBS 101.1 FM and Goumba Johnny of KTU will still be at the show.

“This is the first year we have had to use the rain date and people are still very geared up. We have been getting phone calls every two minutes and about 10,000 hits on the website each day,” said Caldwell. “Everything is going to be the same with the vendors and we are making sure we get as many celebrities and athletes as possible. We hope everyone will make it.”

Fees and times for the show remain the same. The bike run will leave from Orchard Beach at 10 a.m. traveling to ground zero and back. The fee for the run is $10.

The car show still begin at 8 a.m. in the Orchard Beach parking lot, with a $20 entrance fee for those who wish to display their vehicle, which allows up to 2 occupants per car or bike. All other spectators cost $10 to visit the show.

All proceeds from the show will be distributed amongst the NYC Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association and two children’s organizations.

Should weather once again interfere with the big event, the new rain date is set for Sunday, October 25.

“This show has been big for 9 years and it will continue to be a huge success,” said Monsolino. “The only thing that changes is the weather, so it is all contingent on how it is this weekend.”

For more information visit www.orchardbeachcarshow.com or call Caldwell at (914) 557-7575 or Monsolino at (646) 489-7199.

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