Car Show set for June 7th and 8th

MANCHESTER - It's that time of year again. The Manchester Car Show will soon be upon us. Running from June 7 - 8, the 28th annual event put on by the Manchester and the Mountains Regional Chamber of Commerce will be held at Dorr Farm on Route 30, or Bonnet Street. The site of the event is adjacent to the Dana Thompson Rec Park.

Berta Maginniss, executive director of the chamber, said one of the greatest strengths of the car show is it is always different. "This year we're featuring British Leylands and domestic pickups," she said.

The event will kick off with a cruise in down Depot Street Friday night. Saturday will feature the judging of car classes, a flea market as well as a parade of classic and antique cars through town, Maginniss said. On Sunday, June 8, the award ceremony will take place, as well as best of the decades and a tailgate competition. Through out the weekend, there will be music, food, trivia, a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle.

There will be 28 classes of domestic cars and 15 classes of foreign cars. The classes range from European cars, 1970 and earlier, domestic military and pickups. Along with first and second place, the show will give special awards, like best in show, spectators award, most likely to get a ticket and longest travel.

The poker run will give visitors another activity to take part in. After registering, participants will visit five businesses Dan collect their cards. The winner will be announced on Sunday. Movie lovers will also be treated to a showing of American Graffiti on Friday at sunset at the Equinox Village. Mike DiMonda has been volunteering and showing his car at the show since 2005. He owns a 1952 military dodge M37, a 3/4 ton pickup and along with a 3/4 ton military trailer. His favorite part of the event is talking to the people that come to enjoy the car show.

"I let the kids climb in it and the parents take pictures," he said. "Most of the cars you can't touch."

DiMonda also passes out information about the VFW and other organizations. His pickup, which was used for military purposes, is also stocked with dummy hand grenades and helmets, for the kids to look at. He purchased this truck about 10 years ago.

"I have a military background ... and I was looking for another vehicle," he said. "It's like a memorial to those who served."

George Ohweiler of Manchester, another volunteer and attendee, will be going to his sixth car show this year. He's looking forward to the different cars, like the old pickups and the Jaguars.

"I'm looking forward to a great turnout and a great event," he said. All three - Maginniss, DiMonda and Ohweiler hope for good weather.

The Northshire Bookstore will also be getting into the act with a car-themed book discussion with auto columnist Rob Siegel on Saturday, June 7, at 3 p.m. Siegel will be presenting a signing copies of his new book, "Memoirs of a Hack Mechanic."

For more information about the car show, go to their website at


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