SOUTH PHILLY: Sweet Rides Cruise Into “Avenue”

by Jean Donohue
From Ford Model T’s and Thunderbirds to the newest Ferrari model, East Passyunk Avenue’s 10th annual Car Show on Sunday lived up to its reputation.
Hosted by the Northeast Muscle Car Club, the free festival took place right on the Avenue, between Broad and Dickinson streets.
To kick it off, South Philly born and raised mayoral candidate Jim Kennedy led a group of locals and out of towners alike up the Avenue and past the over 140 cars, trucks and motorcycles displayed.
One of these was John Davis Sr.’s brought prized blue Corvette. Davis is the president of a car club, the Roxborough Ridge Runners Inc. and has handled the Corvette’s maintenance for 28 years.
His friend and club member, Fury Colubriale, brought his 1957 Chevy Bel Air Wagon.
The Avenue’s restaurant scene got in on the fun with expanded outdoor seating. Food trucks like the Cow and Mompops also made an appearance. For the kids there was a “Kid Zone” set up at 13th and Mifflin Streets with a free moon bounce, face painting and an arts and crafts station.
After a hot day of packed streets, East Passyunk Avenue’s Car Show successfully cruised out of town (until next year).

1942 Chevrolet Custom Pickup with yellow top and deep sea blue bottom. Photo by Jean Donohue

1942 Chevrolet Custom Pickup with yellow top and deep sea blue bottom. Photo by Jean Donohue

ROXBOROUGH RIDGE RUNNERS President John Davis Sr. with his Corvette. Photo by Jean Donohue

ROXBOROUGH RIDGE RUNNERS President John Davis Sr. with his Corvette. Photo by Jean Donohue

MAYORAL candidate Jim Kenney eyes this Austin-Healey 3000 sports car. Photo by Jean Donohue

MAYORAL candidate Jim Kenney eyes this Austin-Healey 3000 sports car. Photo by Jean Donohue

JIM KENNEY met and spoke with locals and out of towners alike at East Passyunk Avenue’s annual car show and street festival on Sunday, July 26. Photo by Jean Donohue

JIM KENNEY met and spoke with locals and out of towners alike at East Passyunk Avenue’s annual car show and street festival on Sunday, July 26. Photo by Jean Donohue

JOHN DAVIS SR., left, with 1957 Chevy Bel Air Wagon owner Fury Colubriale. Photo by Jean Donohue

JOHN DAVIS SR., left, with 1957 Chevy Bel Air Wagon owner Fury Colubriale. Photo by Jean Donohue

1955 Ford Fairlane Club Sedan in all its blue glory. Photo by Jean Donohue

1955 Ford Fairlane Club Sedan in all its blue glory. Photo by Jean Donohue

Ford Model T, back when cars were a hot commodity and hard to attain. Photo by Jean Donohue

Ford Model T, back when cars were a hot commodity and hard to attain. Photo by Jean Donohue

1957 Dodge Custom Royale with matching tires and rims. Photo by Jean Donohue

1957 Dodge Custom Royale with matching tires and rims. Photo by Jean Donohue

UMBRELLA CHAIRS lined the streets at this year’s festival as people  attempted to beat the heat. Photo by Jean Donohue

UMBRELLA CHAIRS lined the streets at this year’s festival as people
attempted to beat the heat. Photo by Jean Donohue

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