By Kim Brooks, Express Editor
When it comes to planning a successful classic car show, take it from Steve Davis of Hopkinton. He organized this year’s third annual “Hot Rods & Harleys” show in Hopkinton, which featured nearly 300 classic cars, trucks, rat rods, motorcycles and more.
The show took place on Sunday, Oct. 7. Davis said six different states were represented, with someone traveling to the show from Oregon to display their car for all to see. By 10 a.m., Davis said they already ran out of 150 goodie bags for those who registered their vehicles.
“It’s a good problem to have,” he said.
With many, many sponsors for the car show, including Pit Road in Hopkinton, Davis and his wife Julie decided to take over the organization of the show.
“It takes a lot of friends and businesses helping to make this a success,” said Davis.
Growing up in Hopkinton, Davis recalled the former Civil War Days celebration held in Hopkinton every summer. This weekend’s event brought a tremendous amount of people to the town of Hopkinton. When Civil Wars Days ceased to exist, there really wasn’t an event of that magnitude anymore.
“This helps bring business to Hopkinton,” Davis said.
Davis fits right in with those displaying their prized treasures. He owns a 1965 Ford Galaxie, which was among the other vehicles on display.
“I’ve always been fascinated with these car shows,” Davis said. In trying to promote this year’s show, Davis and his family attended close to 30-some classic car shows around the Midwest, handing out flyers and getting the word out about the “Hot Rods & Harleys” show. He said as soon as this year’s show was over he would upload photos and the award results online (
Davis explained May is typically the start of the classic car show season, with October ending out the year. He said it’s hard to find just the right date for the show in Hopkinton, hoping for decent weather.
At this year’s show, visitors were treated to a special appearance by the Batmobile. Raffle tickets were sold for a chance to ride in the legendary car. To go along with the super hero theme, a Batman costume contest was also held in accordance with the show, with Nick Welter, age 7, of Monticello taking the honor.
“I saw the owner from Marion at another car show and tracked him down,” Davis explained of his connection to the famed Batmobile. “He agreed to come to the show!” Davis said the owner, who wished to remain anonymous, only takes his Batmobile out twice a year, which made its appearance in Hopkinton this weekend a treat.
Unlike some classic car shows, Davis was proud to say that the trophies handed out at this show are custom-made. Mimicking an antique gas pump, five different categories of awards were handed out: 1963 and older car, 1964 and newer car, all trucks, all bikes and all rat rods, for a total of 112 trophies for the day!
The Hopkinton American Legion performed a flag-raising ceremony at noon to kick off the event, with the playing of the National Anthem. They also sold 50/50 raffle tickets to help raise money for a veterans’ memorial wall at the Hopkinton Cemetery. The Lions Club also had a BINGO stand at the event. Pit Road sold food for visitors as well.
“This is just a great, free local event,” Davis said. “It brings people to town. It takes the year to make this happen.”
Davis said he greatly appreciates all of the support in planning the “Hot Rods & Harleys” show.
Aside from his full-time job at Welter Storage Equipment Co. in Monticello, Davis devotes nights and weekends to this show, returning e-mails and phone calls, updating the website and more. He is already planning for next year’s car show!
PHOTOS: Top: Steve Davis of Hopkinton, organized this year’s third annual “Hot Rods & Harleys” show in Hopkinton. Davis had his 1965 Ford Galaxie on display here. He also works full-time at Welter Storage Equipment Co. in Monticello. Bottom: Nearly 300 classic cars, trucks, motorcycles and rat rods covered the streets of downtown Hopkinton on Sunday, Oct. 7. The car show, sponsored by Pit Road in Hopkinton, drew a large crowd. Over 100 trophies were handed out. (Photos by Kim Brooks)