DOYLESTOWN, Pennsylvania – After putting on a virtual show two years ago and organizing a mini show last year, this year’s got a full throttle for Doylestown at this year’s Dusk Car Show.
Organized by the Doylestown Rotary Club and nine months in the planning, this year’s show is back better than ever with nearly 500 classic rides expected to hit town on Saturday, July 16 from 5-10 p.m.
The free outdoor viewing will extend from West Street to Main Street as cars line up West State and West Court streets with a central viewing location where State, Court, and Clinton Streets come together.
“The best thing about this show is that it’s a family show. It’s not just for car enthusiasts,” said show president Helen Amelsberg. “It’s not just cars. We have motorcycles, we have tractors, we have trucks and fire trucks.
“And this is not your standard car showroom,” adds Amelsberg. “It’s not in a field where you have the same kind of cars in one area. With this show, because they park in the street, you have to walk the whole street to see everything because we park them the way they come in the parade. So you can have a Ferrari parked.” next to a fire truck and you can have a Mini Cooper parked next to a Model A.”
The other great thing, says Amelsberg, is that there are plenty of opportunities to meet and talk with the drivers. “They are so excited and excited to see their car on display,” she says.
“You can also see and experience the streets of Doylestown. You can also see the restaurants and retail stores that are there,” she adds.
“You get a double whammy,” Amelsberg said. “You get the car show, you get the restaurants, you get the shops, and if it’s a nice day, you just can’t beat it. The atmosphere at the show is absolutely fantastic.”
Mayor Noni West is scheduled to officially open the parade at 5 p.m. during festivities at the parade center at the Five Points Intersection. The gentlemen of Bucks County will sing the national anthem.
For five hours, the public will have a unique opportunity to view the equivalent of a century of history of cars parked on the city streets.
“There is a vehicle that almost everyone will connect with,” said Rick Melham, co-chair of the event. “If you’re a truck lover, there will be stunningly restored ones. If you’re a fan of powerful cars, there are plenty of powerful cars. If you like Model T and Model A, you’ll be there. If you’re British and like British cars, we have them.”
“There will be cars worth half a million dollars,” he added. “And if you grew up in the ’70s and remembered the chance of a Ford green pea bento, there would be a bento on the show. It would bring back so many memories for a lot of people. There’s something for everyone on this show.”
In addition to vehicles, there will be plenty of things for kids to do, opportunities to chill out with ice water and ice cream, vendors selling T-shirts and toys, plenty of food available at Doylestown restaurants and music by two live bands – and then came The Man and Wineskin.
“When you do a car show in the middle of Doylestown, it’s pretty cool,” Milham said. “It’s a great night to enjoy Doylestown.”
One of the best parts of the show is that all proceeds from registration and sponsorship fees are donated to the community by the Doylestown Rotary Club, which is motivated by three simple words, “Service Above Self.”
“The seller, the sponsor and the owner of the car can feel good because it’s not only good for them, it’s good for their business, but they also give back to the community and help people. This is really great,” Milham said.
For many years, the show was held on baseball fields at Central Bucks West High School and was called “The Heart of the Coins.”
About 12 years ago, the late Bruce Rutherford had the idea to take the show to the streets of Doylestown and create a cruise-like atmosphere.
“He had great wisdom and foresight seeing that bringing the show onto the streets of Doylestown would spoil the show in such a good way,” Milham said. “He also knew that putting him under the Rotary banner would be of great benefit to the Auto Show.”
Rutherford passed away in 2020, but his legacy continues with the show. Saturday will be remembered at 9 p.m. when the Rotarians presented the Bruce Rutherford Memorial Award for Best Car of the Night.