Car enthusiast? Motorama sure to get your engine revving

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NORTH ADAMS — Polished chrome, dazzling paint jobs, immaculate interiors, and the smell of oil and rubber.

Motorama must be coming to town.

For the ninth year, local volunteers and the Berkshire County Night Cruzers have put together another Motorama weekend, which is expected to feature more than 500 motorized vehicles, including multiple models of favorite muscle cars like Mustangs, Camaros, Challengers, Chargers, Corvettes, GTOs and Barracudas, said volunteer organizer Joe Dean.

But there also will be modified hot rods, classic cars that have been restored and those that are original. There will be trucks and tractors as well. Some will have been made in the 1930s; others will have been handmade by local mechanics and technicians.

One of them is registered with the state as a Model T, but was handmade using a wooden sleigh as the body and a 700-horsepower V-12 Jaguar engine, Dean noted.

Motorcycles will be on hand, including a 1948 Indian. Vintage snowmobiles also will be on display.

"There will be lots of high-end cars there, that's for sure," Dean said.

The PopCares swap meet will take place in the Steeple City Plaza parking lot on the south side of Main Street. Patrons can shop at car and craft vendors.

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Judging by past years, Dean said, there could be as many as 7,000 to 10,000 attendees at this year's Motorama. It begins at 9 a.m. Sunday and runs until 3 p.m. During the event, Main, Holden and Eagle streets will be closed to all but pedestrian traffic. It's free to the public.

Dean said there will be food trucks, local businesses and ice cream. DJs will be spinning music, and there will be a 50/50 raffle and Chinese auction. In addition, a totally rebuilt Chevrolet 350-cubic-inch engine will be raffled off, with only 300 tickets for sale at $20 each, Dean said.

All proceeds from Motorama go to local charities.

Preregistration is ongoing, but car owners also can register at the gates beginning at 7:30 a.m. The cost to enter a vehicle Sunday morning is $15.

For those who can't wait for Sunday, the free pre-party at Noel Field begins at 2 p.m. Saturday with a cruise-in and concert that runs until 6 p.m.

Featuring Whiskey City and Live Wire, the pre-party is sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union. Classic show cars will be allowed to cruise in using the gate access along the river by Joe Wolfe Field. Everyone else is welcome to park in the lot and walk in. Food will be available on-site for purchase, and Bright Ideas Brewing will be offering its local brews.

Special guest Paul Mennett will be back with his Magical Mystery Cruise and Circle of Champions at Saturday's cruise-in concert, and will have a booth at Sunday's car show.

"We've got some good weather coming in, so it should be a good weekend," Dean said. "We're gonna have some fun."

Scott Stafford can be reached at sstafford@berkshireeagle.com or 413-629-4517.


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