Jersey residents had a good time with classic cars and vintage music at the 3rd annual Summer of Love Car, Truck and Bike Show in Fairfield this past Sunday.
The Hippie Shop on Bloomfield Avenue in Fairfield organized the auto show, which attracted 200 cars and more than 300 people, said shop-owner Anthony Antonelli.
Several bands including the "School of Rock" and "JpJammin' " played 60s and 70s era music in front of the Hippie Shop throughout the day. The shop will donate $1,500 raised at the show to the March of Dimes, non-profit organization whose goal is to improve the health of babies."It's a great thing to bring a funky mix of cars together," Antonelli, 37, said. He explained that the annual show brings together two of his interests: unique cars and vintage music. Rambler's, Corvettes and even the original bat-mobile, a 1966 Ford project-car, parked itself in front of the Hippie Shop.
Dean Ferriola, 48, of Roseland registered his 1976 black Trans Am and enjoyed the show. Ferriola has owned his classic car for 15 years and said that the Hippie Shop's annual car show is well known among classic car owners.
"Great turnout on a beautiful day with good music," is how Ferriola described the show.
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Bob Kelly, 44, of West Caldwell brought his 1966 aqua-marine AMC Rambler convertible to the show. The pharmaceutical representative explained that he was just driving by in his grandfather's car and stopped by to take in the show.
Mike Montalbano, 49, manager for the School of Rock, in South Hackensack, said that kids in his school, which teaches children between the age of 8 and 18, love to play at the show.
"It's all about the kids and the music," Montalbano said.
A guitarist for School of Rock, 15-year-old Daniel Knee of Closter enjoyed playing to an audience of approximately 50 people.
"They really got involved in the show," Knee said about the crowd.
His fellow guitarist Jared Levinson, also enjoyed the show. Levinson, 15, said the song he most enjoyed playing that day was "I'm going home," by Ten Years After. Other songs school of Rock played included "Come on Get Higher," by Matt Nathensnon, while JpJammin' played a variety of Grateful Dead and other cover songs from the 60s and 70s.
John Policano, 44, of North Arlington plays rhythm guitar and sings for the band said about the show, "Anytime you can give back to the community its good."