By all accounts, Farmingdale Village’s first-ever car show Friday night was a huge success, drawing hundreds of attendees and more than 250 vintage, collector and show vehicles.
The show, which closed Main Street from South Front Street to Prospect Street, was a joint effort sponsored by the Farmingdale Fire Department and High End Performance, an aftermarket parts supplier in East Farmingdale.
“This show was a long time coming and it is good for everyone—for the village and the residents,” said Keith Ryan, Farmingdale Fire Department’s chief. “People can see all types of vehicles at this show from racing cars, fire department vehicles, motorcycles and all kinds of vintage cars.”
Rich, a Farmingdale native who also works at 1042 Collision on Route 109, said that his 1929 silver Ford pickup truck was originally purchased in South Dakota. “The body is all-steel and it took me two and a half years to restore.”
He added that he thought the car show was a “great idea,” and something the village probably should have done a long time ago.
Over at the Taste of Long Island specialty food market on Main Street, owner Courtney Thompson said the car show was “definitely a good idea.”
“Car shows like these have helped many other areas on the island, including Glen Cove and Sea Cliff,” she said. Thompson called the show a “great event” that should really help to spur business on Main Street.
Frank has lived in Farmingdale since 1975, had his 1959 Chevy El Camino at the show. “The show is a very good idea, but it should have happened sooner.”
He added that it was “about time the town did something for Main Street.” He lamented the numerous businesses that have closed and keep closing on Main Street. “There are few attractions left here nowadays, maybe this show will help breathe some more life into the town.”
The village has scheduled another car show for Aug. 24 from 5pm to 10pm and possibly another show on Aug. 17.
Admission to the show is free and cars pay a $5 entrance fee. For more information on upcoming shows and how to enter, call the Farmingdale
Fire Department at 516-531-9820.