KENSINGTON – Though unmoving cars and motorcycles clogged Howard Avenue most of Sunday, the people maintained prevailing moods of delight rather than frustration.
The street served as the location of the first Kensington Auto Show, an opportunity for car enthusiasts to see various makes and models of cars and motorcycles and bring their own vehicles to be admired. More than 150 classic and modern models sat on display at the show.
The show organizers required the more than 150 entrants to make a minimum $15 donation for each vehicle shown. Proceeds went to benefit the Noyes Library Foundation, which supports the Kensington-based children’s library. Officials gave out trophies for Best in Show and the top 25 cars and motorcycles.
Mario Bruno, owner of Kensington Service Center, Lake Liberty, and Bruno’s Classic Muscle, came up with the idea for the show.
“In 1970, my brother brought home a 1969 Plymouth Road Runner, which was one of the cool cars of that era,” Bruno said. “I’ve been a car guy ever since. I’ve always loved car shows and have always wanted to hold one of my own.”
Bruno and his organizers first approached the Kensington town authorities about holding the show last year. The town refused to grant them use of Howard Avenue, instead allowing them to host the show at the armory. Bruno said when the mayor and council saw the enthusiastic response to that event, they agreed to allow the use of Howard Avenue this year.
Steve Silverman, who lives in Rockville and works as a mechanic at Myer’s Cycle in Kensington, entered his 1966 Corvette Sting Ray.
“It was a dream car for me when I was in high school; 35 years later I finally got it,” Silverman said. “For a lot of people in my generation, this is something we grew up with. I love the feel and power of it. You’re really driving the car. It’s part of you, and you really feel the control.” Silverman’s wife also entered a vehicle, a 1966 Chevelle SS 396.
Organizers awarded the Best in Show honor to Tony and Denise Tatane of Annapolis, who entered a 1970 Plymouth Superbird. Organizers estimated between 5,000 and 6,000 spectators attended the show and people raised more than $2,500 for the Noyes Library Foundation. The bands Nighthawks and King Soul provided musical entertainment.
Bruno called the auto show a great success and said he hopes to see it become a regular annual event.