Orchard Beach Classic Car Show Sept. 18th

The classic 1960s ‘Batmobile’ at a recent year’s Orchard Year Classic Car and Motorcycle Show illustrates the type of cars on display at the event.
courtesy of the Orchard Beach Car Show

The 16th Annual Orchard Beach Classic Car and Motorcycle Show, a charity fundraiser, is coming up soon.

The show will take place in the beach’s parking lot on Sunday, September 18 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a rain date of Sunday, September 25.

The event is hosted as it is every year by the East Coast Classic Car Show Association.

This year, it celebrates 40 years of the car used in the ‘Starsky and Hutch’ television show with a showcase of Ford Torinos, said John Monsolino, ECCA president.

TV actors David Soul who portrayed Hutch, Paul Michael Glaser who was Starsky and actor Antonio Fargas who played Huggy in the original hit 1970s television series will be at the show.

Providing musical entertainment will be Jackie DiMaggio, and Joe Causi of WCBS FM.

There is a $20 entrance fee for classic cars and motorcycles that include the drivers only, with each passenger costing an additional $10, said Monsolino.

There is a $10 entry fee for spectators.

There will be a police escorted motorcycle run past the permanent 9/11 memorial in Manhattan, with kickstands up at 12:15 p.m. This will cost $30 for the driver and $10 for each additional rider, he said.

The car and motorcycle show began in November 2001 as a fundraiser for the families of first responders from September 11, 2011, and has grown to benefit the cancer community as well.

“We appreciate everyone that attends so we can help the great charitable organizations that we deal with,” said Monsolino. “These include families and motorcycle and car enthusiasts.”

Since its inception, the car and motorcycle show has raised over $600,000 for charity, he said.

This year’s beneficiaries are the Widows and Orphan Fund of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Little People of America and St. Mary’s Hospital in Queens.

Former NYPD highway patrol officer Joe Caldwell founded the car show, and Monsolino joined him in 2005.

According to Monsolino, like so many first responders, both he and his partner developed illnesses related to working at the disaster site.

The show has blossomed to what may be the biggest car show in the region, he said.

“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,” he said in a previously published Bronx Times article.

Previous year’s guests have included such luminaries and notable figures including cast members of Orange County Choppers, American Graffiti and the Soprano’s.

Raymond Kelly, former NYPD Police commissioner; actor Charles Napier and television star Funk Master Flex, a television star, have also attended over the years, according to the car show website.

For more information, visit www.orchardbeachcarshow.com

Reach Reporter Patrick Rocchio at (718) 260–4597. E-mail him at procchio@cnglocal.com. Follow him on Twitter @patrickfrocchio.

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