15th Annual Orchard Beach classic car and motorcycle show

Spectators at last year’s classic car and motorcycle show gather around to get a closer look at various eye catching cars.
Photo courtesy of John Monsolino

The 15th Annual Orchard Beach Classic Car and Motorcycle Show 2015 set for Sunday, September 20 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. inside the beach’s parking lot.

The rain date for this show is set for Sunday, September 27.

Hosted by the Eastcoast Classic Car Association, this dynamic car show usually attracts thousands of people, classic cars and motorcycles, according to John Monsolino, ECCA president.

He added, there is a $10 entry fee for each spectator, $20 per classic car with one person and $10 each passenger.

In addition, there is a police-escorted motorcycle run to the World Trade Center site which is $30 plus $10 extra for any passenger and this price includes re-entry into the car show.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the New York City Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association Widows and Orphans Fund and St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

In addition, proceeds will also be donated to St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital and Little People of America, said Monsolino.

“Last year, we added a new charity, St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital which we donated $5,000 to and we will be donating to them once again this year,” said Monsolino.

Sports and entertainment celebrities expected to attend this year include WCBS-FM DJ Joe Causi serving as Master of Ceremonies; the heavy metal tribute band Kiss Alive; Showtime Dance Band performing Doo Wop and Motown hits; ‘Sons of Anarchy’ star Chuck Zito; comedian Victor Dibitetto; cast members of the reality television show, ‘Jerseylicious’ and other celebrities yet to be announced.

Celebrities are expected to sign autographs on one stage, with the other stage reserved for comedic and live musical performances.

However, the real stars are the vintage autos ranging from the Ford Model T to muscle cars.

Those who attend will have the chance to fully check out and appreciate these horsepower marvels and enjoy a meet and greet with their owners.

Most notable at this year’s show will be all of the Batmobiles spanning from the classic 1960s ‘Batman’ television show starring Adam West to those most recently featured in the top grossing ‘Dark Knight’ film trilogy starring Christian Bale.

This annual classic car and motorcycle show was first started in November 2001 at Orchard Beach.

The show was founded by former NYPD Highway patrol officer Joe Caldwell who worked at Ground Zero following the terrorist attacks, partnering with Monsolino in 2005 to continue the annual show.

The Orchard Beach Classic Car and Motorcycle Show has since then become one of the most successful shows of its kind.

“It’s one of the biggest one-day car shows here on the east coast and it’s a great family outing which helps benefit those who are in need,” said Monsolino.

“If you want to have a great day at the beach, come to the Orchard Beach Classic Car and Motorcycle Show,” he added.

Disciples of the roadway beasts of yesteryear travel from New Jersey, Connecticut, New Hampshire and in some cases in trailers as far as the south to visit the annual Bronx event, shared Monsolino.

For more information, visit www.orchardbeachcarshow.com.

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