Last year, a friend of mine showed me photos of a local car show in his hometown and I was blown away by the number of vintage cars attracted to main street Marlborough, MA. Located just inside the 495 belt around Boston, sleepy Marlborough isn’t known for much other than being a bedroom community for Boston and the technology companies that ring this major metropolitan area. But the annual spring car show on the historic main street puts Marlborough on the map among car fanatics.
The United Brethren Masonic Lodge was chartered 1859 in Marlborough, Massachusetts. To celebrate their 150th Anniversary in 2009, the Lodge decided to host a car show and worked with the City of Marlboro as well as the Push Rods of Waltham. The event was so well received that it has since become an annual tradition and continues to grow in popularity. None of this would be possible without the support from the City of Marlborough and the business community that sponsors the event making it free to the general public. This is a non-profit event whereby each year all proceeds are donated to a chosen charity.
And the show keeps growing every year. The recent show coincided with a gorgeous summer-like day with bright sun and a cloudless sky, which brought over 300 cars to the downtown. Starting at 9 am, they parked up and down the main street and even filled in side lots. And they kept coming through out the day. We started down one side of the street and had to keep stopping to take photos of the newly arrived cars. It must have taken two hours to see all the cars – heavy on the muscle cars and American makes – Mustangs, Roadrunners, GTOs, Cameros, Cobras but there were all sorts of cars from the 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s including a few Europeans like Porsche, VW, and even a 1930 Bugatti open cab race car. The Batmobile was there as well dune buggies (3!), VW Campers, drag racers and heavily modified hot rods as well as a few Factory Five AC Cobra kit cars.
According to the press kit, this is one of the first car shows of the season so a lot of car owners who have garaged their car all winter, can’t wait to show them off at this annual event.