Car enthusiasts should mark Saturday, July 21 on their calendars! That’s when classic cars will be making a return to Downtown Allentown.
At a late morning news conference at PPL Center today Mayor Ed Pawlowski, flanked by a 2003 Thunderbird, a 2002 35th Anniversary Limited Edition Camaro, a 2012 Lamborghini Performante’ and a 1962 Mercedes 190 SL, announced that during the July event, Hamilton Street will be closed from 6th Street to 9th Street, and lined with classic and muscle cars of many makes, models, and time periods.
Organized by the City of Allentown Department of Parks & Recreation, Allentown Police, America On Wheels Museum, Friends of the Allentown Parks and the Allentown Chamber of Commerce, “Classics & Cruisers on Hamilton” will re-live the days when Hamilton Street in Allentown was the hub of gathering to park and show off your vehicle. People came to Allentown from all over to gather along Hamilton Street to enjoy camaraderie and a mutual interest in cars and in the city.
The car show will directly benefit two Allentown-based non-profits: America On Wheels Museum and Friends of the Allentown Parks.
“America On Wheels Museum is fueling up with excitement to be a part of the team that brings cruising to Allentown. We take great pride in entertaining and educating the public on the unique vehicles that will attend this event,” says Linda Merkel, Executive Director of America On Wheels Museum. “We couldn’t think of a better place than downtown Allentown, Hamilton Street, with many wonderful restaurants.”
“This is an exciting event which showcases the rejuvenation of Allentown’s downtown area, bringing tourists to our many fine restaurants and, of course, to relax and enjoy Allentown’s wonderful parks,” stated Karen El-Chaar, Executive Director with Friends of the Allentown Parks.
Registration opened today for the 2018 show, both online https://fotap.wordpress.com/2016-great-events/classics-cruisers-on-hamilton/ and at America On Wheels Museum. The cost is $20.00 per vehicle in advance, and $25.00 per vehicle after July 15, 2018.
Sponsorship opportunities are available. Interested businesses or organizations should contact James.Stanko@allentownpa.gov or Christy.Alvord@allentownpa.gov or call 610-437-7757.