Their century-old stationhouse at 40 White Street may have been decommissioned and, as reported here on redbankgreen, green-lighted for a retail/residential conversion. But that hasn’t stopped the volunteer firefighters of Red Bank’s Liberty Hose Company from returning to their long-time home turf for an event that’s taken its place among the borough’s most colorful annual traditions: the Red Bank Firefighters Classic Car Show.
Also known as the Robert “Doc” Holiday Car Show, in honor of a fondly remembered volunteer responder of bygone decades, the fundraising festival of vintage vehicles commandeers the center-of-town municipal parking lot for a 14th edition that goes on display this Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Even if you’re not a “car guy” per se — or even a guy — it’s hard not to find fascination in this portrait of American life over the last century, sculpted in steel, chrome, fiberglass and perhaps a touch of “real Corinthian leather.” Having drawn hundreds of beautifully restored classics to past editions — from perennial favorites like Ford T-Birds and Chevy Bel-Airs, to rarely encountered eye-poppers like Kaiser Darrins and Hudson Hornets — the event offers a conveniently situated, easily navigated experience that still ranks with the best of the area’s many warm-weather antique auto expos.
To further distinguish it from the pack, volunteer firefighters also offer an up-close look at some active-duty emergency responder equipment.
Food and beverages will be available on site, with trophies awarded to the best-in-show winners, and a DJ soundtrack of oldie pop hits. All proceeds will be dedicated to college scholarship funds named in memory of Doc Holiday, and for Liberty Hose, the still-active company that relocated in 2014 to the borough’s First Aid station on Spring Street.
There’s still time to enter a classic vehicle for inclusion in the show, for a pre-registration cost of $12 ($15 day of event). Call (732) 240-6183 for additional info.