Fourth annual Motorama to feature a variety


NORTH ADAMS -- A sea of really cool motorized vehicles, perhaps more than 300, will flood the streets of North Adams on Sunday for the fourth annual Motorama Car Show.

There will be cars to buy and sell, as well as a showcase for vehicles of every type -- motorcycles, ATVs, tractors, vintage snowmobiles, new, old and antique cars. There will also be raffles, vendors and hundreds of people crowding into downtown in between all the cars.

It's a motorhead's dream.

"I think this year it's going to be really big," said Joe Dean, owner of Dean's Quality Auto and one of the organizers of the event. After four years, he noted, "it kind of caught fire. It's getting bigger all on its own."

He said Motorama is a "celebration of all things motorized."

Dean expects to see a number of unique, rare and valuable vehicles, including a 1957 Dual-Ghia (only produced for three years), a 1938 Mac Junior pickup, a modified, six-wheel amphibious ATV, and an alcohol-fueled funny car.

There also will be highly detailed and polished muscle cars, tractors, motorcycles and antiques.

The Reservoir Dogs motorcycle club out of Clarksburg are planning an hourlong motorcycle run with 80 to 100 bikes to benefit the Clarksburg Fire Department.

Dean said a new Car Corral will be set up to auction off vehicles the owners have a mind to sell. One of those vehicles, a forest green 1994 Firebird, was donated by Guy Cariddi, owner of Cariddi Auto, This car will be auctioned off with no reserve, Proceeds from the sale will go to the North Adams Youth Hockey League. The live auction will start at about 10:30 a.m. in the Steeple City Plaza parking lot.

According to Veronica Bosley, director of tourism and community events for North Adams, the expected crowd of 4,000 will hear music from the band Loose Change, 50/50 raffles, food and shopping.

She expects to see cars from all over New England, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

There will be a few vendors, Bosley noted, but "our primary focus is to get people to enjoy the downtown and all the businesses that are here." If you go ...

What: Motorama Car Show

When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday

Where: Downtown North Adams

Cost: Free; $10 fee to register vehicles for exhibition

Main, Holden and Eagle streets will be closed to traffic. A parking ban will be in effect beginning at midnight Saturday: Main Street and North Church Street, Center Street lot (from light poles in the middle of the lot to Route 2) and in the Steeple City Plaza Parking Lot (the row closest to TD Bank and All Saint's Church).

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