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Doylestown at Dusk

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You could almost say that the 10th annual Doylestown at Dusk Car Show Saturday, July 20, was a “blazing success,” with a heat index over 105 postponing the arrival of the event’s usual happy crowds until after the sun dropped below the tree line and a light breeze graced the evening.

After last year’s heavy rains caused a one-day postponement, the Rotary Club of Doylestown was pleased to see sunshine but accepted the mixed blessing.

“Many owners won’t bring their antiques, classics, customized or luxury vehicles out in the rain,” said Bruce Rutherford, who heads up the Doylestown at Dusk event committee for the Rotary club, “so we are very glad the sun shone.”

“At the same time, when temperatures are this extreme, it’s hard on everyone, from entrants to event personnel, to live performers and concessions, to the families and individuals who come to see the cars and enjoy an evening in downtown Doylestown.”

The visiting crowds shared the streets west of Main with nearly 500 vehicles of all makes, vintages and styles.

The car show opened this year with the national anthem sung by vocalist, actress and Doylestown native Jenny Lee Stern. Bob Kelly, Fox29 “Good Day Philadelphia” traffic reporter and TV personality, served as master of ceremonies throughout the event. Live music was provided by SlideWinder Blues Band and Wineskin.

Car show entry fees and sponsors make Doylestown at Dusk a major fundraiser for the Rotary club’s programs and initiatives, including its annual grants to local charities and scholarships for Central Bucks students. The event raises over $35,000 every year.

“Thank you to all our entrants, sponsors and program advertisers,” said Chris Nardo, Doylestown Rotary president, “with special appreciation to the Borough of Doylestown, to Top Gear event sponsors Black Ice Details & Coatings, Fred Beans Family of Dealerships, Keenan Motor Group, Keystone Volvo Doylestown and The Thompson Organization, and to High Performance VIP sponsors Gemmi Construction and Worth & Company.”

Winners: Specialty Classes were:

• Roger Sternfeld with a 1953 Packard Caribbean: Rutherford Memorial Award as Best in Show, sponsored by Rutherford’s Camera Shop;

• Lanillyn Winterbottom with a 1912 Ford Model T Torpedo: Bruce Robert Tilley Memorial Award;

• John Puske with a 2006 Ford GT: Doylestown Rotary’s Award of Excellence;

• Dave Jarret with a 1955 Ford Thunderbird: Mayor’s Cup;

• Carl Katis with a 1953 MG-TD: George Carr Memorial Award.


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