40th Annual North Jersey Auto Show: May 2018
at Bergen Community College in Paramus, NJ
The 2018 North Jersey Auto Show, held by the Restored Rusty Relics car club, saw hundreds of show cars despite morning rain and afternoon thunder. Eighty vendors sold car parts, clothing, collectibles, memorabilia, breakfast, and lunch; hundreds of spectators came to see well over a hundred cars (down from the usual roughly-400, due to predictions of dire weather).
Rusty Relics volunteers rushed pre-registered cars through, took registrations from day-of-show cars, and directed traffic. This was the first year for our acclaimed “$5 per person or $10 per carload” spectator policy — in past years, it was $5 per person, with no discounts for carloads of people.
Gene Yetter was on hand to capture these photos (and others at his web site).
The first 350 cars got dash plaques featuring a 1974 Plymouth Valiant. There were also trivia contests with prizes, and a DJ playing music. There were many more trophies for the class winners — all but two special awards came in a classic gas pump motif.
Vendors did a good business with spectators and show car owners alike. This year, four companies were show sponsors:
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2018 Show Winners
1930s: 1939 Chrysler Royal, 1939 Packard V12
1940s: 1941 Chevrolet Coupe
1950s: 1957 Chevrolet 210, 1958 Chevrolet Convertible, 1956 Chrysler New Yorker
1960s: 1962 Cadillac Eldorado, 1968 Pontiac GTO, 1961 Volkswagen Camper
1970s: 1976 Pontiac Grand Prix, 1970 Pontiac GTO, 1973 Dodge Challenger
1980s: 1986 Chevrolet El Camino, 1987 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS, 1984 Ford Mustang
Trucks: 1959 GMC pickup, 1952 Dodge Power Wagon
Out of the Box: 1976 Cadillac Ambulance
President’s Trophy: 1947 Chrysler Town & Country “woody” convertible