North Jersey Auto Show

North Jersey Auto Show

the Restored Rusty Relics car show
at Bergen Community College (BCC) in Paramus

Due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, we lost our venue and cannot hold the show on May 17. We are currently looking at rescheduling it for October but may need to wait until 2021. Questions? See our forum. Guests can post in the FAQ section.

See BCC’s COVID-19 status page. The County Executive, Jim Tedesco, has declared a health emergency. See the WHO’s COVID-19 page. The County has taken over the space we normally use for the show, for drive-through testing; there is no end date at this point. BCC is closed through March 27 at the earliest and cannot make any event reservations through to the end of the year.

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The 42nd North Jersey Auto Show was slated for May 17, 2020 at Bergen Community College in Paramus, near Routes 4, 17, and 208. We expected hundreds of cars (we topped 400 last year) and seventy vendors selling car parts, clothing, collectibles, memorabilia, and food. The show runs from 8 am to around 3:40 pm. You asked, we listened! The winners’ parade will start earlier, and we have a new ice cream vendor.

sign up now • vendors, please read2019 show

Vendors must pre-register this year, due to insurance rules beyond our control. Also, canopies must be weighted down (at the bases of the poles).


This is a “classic car” show. It is only open to vehicles from model-year 1995 and earlier. Motorcycles, trucks, imports, and emergency vehicles are welcome! There are trivia contests with prizes, and a DJ playing music. Selected (not judged!) class winners will get trophies.

Our Paramus car show is at 400 Paramus Road; we will be in Bergen Community College’s Lot C (bear right at the entrance, following our signs). Spectators can visit for $5 per person — with a maximum $10 per carload (no buses or large vans). Proceeds benefit local charities and keep the show going.

The show is only open to vehicles from model-year 1995 and earlier. Motorcycles are welcome! There is free pre-registration for 1927 and older cars, and for 1995 cars, since it’s the first year of their antique status. The cost for showing a classic car, truck, or motorcycle on the day of the show is $20 per car ($15 for model-years 1928-1994, when pre-registered). Proceeds benefit local charities and keep the show going.

Pre-registration (before May 1, 2020)

All pre-registered cars will get dash plaques, as will the first day-of-show show cars. Online pre-registration is available before May 1, 2020 for show cars only (not vendors or spectators):

We may be able to reschedule but probably not until April. If this happens, we will provide information here. For the time being we have removed pre-registration materials.

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If you sign up, we will let you know when pre-registration opens each year and send a reminder just before it closes. We only send around four to seven messages per year, and we don’t share or sell addresses.

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About the trophies and parade

This event is not judged; awards are given to selected vehicles based on factors such as unique features, condition, restoration or ownership stories, rarity, or representating a significant step in automotive development or design. Winners cannot be owned by Restored Rusty Relics members; we try not to select winners from the past two North Jersey Auto Shows.



All vendors have to pre-register! (Update: we must hold off on any pre-registrations for now.)


Rules of particular interest to vendors (flea market/swap meet):

Trophy parade

2019 was the first time since leaving Upper Saddle River that we had a “trophy parade,” where spectators saw people drive across the show field to pick up their trophies. (It was also the first time at BCC that we separated the show field into classes.) We will do the same in 2020, but will have the parade earlier.

winnersSelected cars and their owners gather before lining up for the parade

parade 1Lining up: around forty cars, one at a time


2020 Show Sponsors: TBD
Teterboro Auto Mall
2020 Trivia Contest Sponsors: TBD
Year One • Rock Auto
2019 Show Sponsors

Teterboro Auto Mall
Doyle’s Auto and 4x4

The Classic Car Hotel • Locomotion Power Sports
2019 Trivia Contest Sponsors
Meguiar’s • Year One • Rock AutoTeterboro Auto Mall • Hagerty • Mopar Minivans

Car show rules

In addition to the vendor rules above

2020 show • Prepping for a show2019 • 2018Where the money goes

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