For years the Scranton Region Antique Automobile Club of America has had their show in the Abingtons.
“This is our home,” said Michael Passero, 50, of Scranton. “Even though we are the Scranton Region, our show is in the Abingtons.”
“We are a noble car club,” said Passero. “It is prestigious for a car owner to receive an award from the Scranton Region Antique Automobile Club of America.”
Passero said that the Scranton club is the only one in the area affiliated with the Antique Automobile Club of America, a 78 year organization devoted to bringing car lovers and automobile collectors together across America.
This year, the club’s one day car show will feature more than 350 cars from all over the northeastern United States, many from the Abington area. The Scranton Region Antique Automobile Club of America’s Official 42nd Annual Show Car is a 1971 Cadillac Coupe DeVille, owned by Passero and featured at the show.
According to Passero, president of the Scranton Region, cars are not judged against other cars. Each car is judged on its own merits under the standards of the national organization. Every car starts with 100 points, and winners are determined by teams of judges who examine each automobile entered and deduct points from the perfect 100 point starting score.
Passero said other awards given during the day will include: the Merit Award, for the automobile at the most Scranton Region or National shows; the Early Ford Award, donated by a club member in honor of his father and given to the owner of an early Ford, such as a Model A or a Model T; the Longest Distance Driven Award, given to the owner of the pre-World War II vehicle who has traveled the longest distance to attend the show and the Hard Luck Award, given to the owner of a vehicle who overcame the greatest difficulty to attend the show.
Another feature of the day will be a Car Corral where Historic Preservation of Original Features cars will be for sale by their owners.
A new addition to this year’s show will be cars which are a part of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Street Scene Car Club. These cars are owned by local young people who have established a network to share their love of cars.
Passero said the car show is family friendly, with activities for children. At this year’s show there will be a bouncy castle and face painting
Nationally recognized, Alex’s Lemonade Stand will also be present at the car show.
“Alex’s Lemonade stand gives support to kids with childhood cancers,” Passero said. “It’s free. Come up and get a glass of Lemonade, make a donation, and we are going to give you a raffle ticket.”
Passero said that the club will be raffling off many great prizes throughout the day.
Passero said, “The highlight of the day will be the presentation of trophies and winner’s parade which start at 3:00 p.m.”
Rain or shine, the one day show is scheduled for July 21. The gates will open at 8 a.m. Admission is $3 per person; children under the age of 12 get in free. For more information call 570- 346-3771 and 570- 650-3634 on the show day.