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Classic cars to roll into downtown New Britain Saturday

Published: Saturday, 16 September 2017 22:14
Courtesy of Frank Bradley Vintage automobiles on display at a past show in downtown New Britain.
Courtesy of Frank Bradley Vintage automobiles on display at a past show in downtown New Britain.

Staff Writer

NEW BRITAIN - Classic cars from the 1920s to the present day will take over West Main Street on Saturday, Sept. 23, for the 11th annual New Britain/TD Bank Downtown Car Show.

Just one block away from the CTfastrak station, car enthusiasts as well as people nostalgic for their younger days or just looking for a good opportunity to take pictures will find plenty of interest near Central Park and along Chestnut Street and Columbus Boulevard.

All proceeds from the event, to run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., will benefit the New Britain Police Explorers youth group.

Admission is free and parking in nearby garages will also be free.

Downtown restaurants will be open. The car show will also feature a disc jockey and 50/50 raffle, along with a door prize raffle every hour. Vendors will also be present.

Twenty trophies will be awarded to guests’ favorites, along with an Explorer’s Youth Trophy and the Mayor’s Trophy.

The entry fee for people with cars they’d like to show is $10.

For more information, call the New Britain Downtown District at 860-229-0878 or visit

The New Britain Arts Commission will be inviting guests to take part in the We Need a Hand Campaign during the car show.

For $10, participants can dip their hands in paints and place their handprints on a traffic control box at the intersection of West Main and Main streets.

The donations will go toward the commission’s High Voltage Art initiative.

Members of the Arts Commission will be on hand and a washing station will be available for easy cleanup afterward.

High Voltage Art is a public art project established by Mayor Erin Stewart and the New Britain Commission on the Arts in 2015 to transform city-owned traffic control boxes into pieces of art.

Since its beginning, 14 artists have participated in painting the boxes in locations around the city, including Little Poland and downtown.

Artists are given a stipend for their time and the supplies needed. Support for the initiative comes from private donations and sponsorships from businesses.

Angie DeRosa can be reached at 860-801-5063 or

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