Story by Lourice Angie
Classic cars and movies are timeless, and there’s no better way to experience the two than at a drive-in movie theatre. The Warwick Drive-In, located at 5 Warwick Tpke. in Warwick host a class car show on Sat., Oct. 7 to benefit the Warwick Rotary Club. The picturesque event, which was reminiscent of the 1950s, was sponsored by Frank Truatt and Taylor Sterling, of WTBQ Radio. Proceeds of the event benefited the Warwick Rotary Club, which in turn donates all of the funds back to many non-profit organizations within the community.
Classic cars came rolling into the drive-in throughout the day to showcase a piece of their history, beauty and muscle. Dash plaques were awarded to the first 100 registered vehicles. Members of the Saturday Night Cruisers were also on board helping make the event a success.
The show included something for everyone. Food and drinks were provided by Piranah Grill, Off the Hook, Corbett’s Cookie Bar, the Pine Island Brewery, and the Glenmere Brewing Company. There was live music along with raffles and a 50/50. A section of the drive-in was enclosed with a bouncy house play area that provided plenty of fun for children. Thirty trophies were awarded to the best cars in show. The evening concluded with a free showing of the all time classic movie, “Grease,” featuring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John.
Frank Truatt, the owner of WTBQ Radio and a Rotarian, along with fellow Rotarian and WTBQ station manager Taylor Sterling, had a few weeks to put this Classic Car show together and for a first time, it was a great success. Beth Wilson, of the Warwick Drive-in, generously donated the drive-in for the car show, donated the showing of “Grease” at dusk and was there to assist during the event. Mike and Deena Muntz brought the Saturday Night Cruisers Club.
Frank judged the Classic Car show, as he has his own collection of Classic Cars, one being a 1984 Camaro Z28. There were about 50 classic cars on display, including a 1981 DeLorean, a big yellow bus or, as Sean Corr, the owner said, Chrome Yellow. He found this bus in an old barn and restored it to its pristine shape!
The eclectic mix of classic cars from the 1930s to the 1990s was on display all day and every owner had a great story to share about their most prized possessions, their cars. Raffle prizes were donated by 40 Orange County businesses and restaurants as well as from Mountain Creek and Smokey’s in Vernon, N.J. These were raffled off to very lucky and happy winners.
Warwick Rotary Club
The Warwick Rotary is a dedicated group of individuals who exchange ideas, build relationships and take action to create a positive and lasting change in the community. Becoming involved in the Rotary means helping your neighbors. The club supports programs such as the American Cancer Society, Meals on Wheels, Backpack Snack Attack, Garden of the Child, Warwick Valley Community Center, the Warwick and Florida food pantries, the Warwick Senior Barbeque, Beautiful People, Literacy Orange, the Warwick Valley Humane Society and much more.
For more information visit the Warwick Rotary Facebook Page or send an email to WarwickValleyRotary.org.