Car Show Will Benefit Danbury War
by Kendra Baker Danbury Newstimes
DANBURY -- Rogers Park will turn into a car enthusiast's
dream on April 28th (rescheduled until September 1st), when it's filled with all types,
makes and models of vehicles for the inaugural War Memorial
Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show.
All park activities have been canceled to make way for
the hundreds of vehicles expected to roll through the park
"We're looking forward to a large turnout and
praying for a nice day," said Bob Botelho, vice
president of the War Memorial's board of directors and one
of the car show organizers.
"We're expecting 300 to 400 cars, but if someone has
a $100,000 car and it looks like it's going to drizzle, they
may not show up."
The event will kick off with a ceremony at noon,
featuring an honor guard, flag-raising, words from Mayor
Mark Boughton and a ribbon-cutting.
Judging of cars, trucks and motorcycles will begin at 1
p.m., and trophies will be awarded at 3 p.m. There will also
be raffles, five food trucks and three live DJs.
From low-end to high-end, all kinds of vehicles will be
featured in the show.
"Every kind of car will be accepted," said Lew
Lombardo, Ultimate Restoration Auto Center owner and car
"We've had people call who have cars that are
unfinished and under construction, and then we have cars
that are all done," he said. "We're allowing any
year, make or model."
There will be 27 judging categories or
"classes," said Lombardo, with trophies awarded to
the top three in each category.
Five judges from Danbury and nearby towns, with car show
experience, Lombardo said, will judge categories like best
car, best interior, best engine and best built.
People looking to enter their vehicles into the show will
come down Lions Way from Coalpit Hill Road.
"There will be three lanes with staff members
registering the vehicles as they come in," Botelho
Spectator parking will be available along Main Street, at
the train station, in the Dollar Store parking lot near the
ice arena, and at the Terrence E. McNally Patriot Garage for
$2 that day.
Parking will be available at City Hall, and buses
shuttling people from Main Street and City Hall to Rogers
Park from 11 to 5, Botelho said.
Planning and organizing of the show has been underway
since September, Lombardo said.
"Every one of us has a certain job," he said.
"We're trying to get cars to the show and police ready
to help guide the cars in -- we've got it all covered."
Lombardo said he was more than happy to help out with the
"I took it to heart because veterans come into my
business all the time and I consider them friends. I'd
like to give back to them, and I think this is going to make
them smile," he said.
Organizing the event has been "a large endeavor, but
worth it," Botelho said.
"A lot of time and a lot of effort has gone into
this, and it's going to be great day for Danbury and the War
Memorial," he said. "We're hoping it will be
Botelho said the mayor, his staff and Parks and
Recreation director Nick Kaplanis have been very helpful in
the planning and organizing process, and he appreciates all
the leagues that canceled their usual activities so the car
show could take place.
Cost is $20 per vehicle to support the Danbury War
Memorial -- a nonprofit recreational and educational
facility serving the Danbury area since 1951.
Botelho said the money will go toward renovation work
inside the War Memorial.
"We're slated to finish off the gymnasium with the
bleachers. Right now, there are only bleachers in half the
gym," Botelho said. "We also want to redo an area
in the lower section and offer aerobics and other classes
Botelho said there will be a "grand reopening"
of the War Memorial the day of the car show, with staff
members giving tours of the facility.
"If you're looking for something new and exciting to
do, this is it. It'll be a great day to come down with the
family and see all these different cars, trucks and
motorcycles," Botelho said.
"It's going to be interesting and we encourage
everyone to be part of this. It's going to be an exciting
day with lots to see."
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