It’ll Be Motor Madness At Mars May 29

Visitors to Hackettstown know the familiar scent of chocolate in the air when they pass MARS Chocolate/North America on High Street, but on Sunday, May 29, they’ll also hear the sounds of the Beach Boys, The Drifters, and more floating through the air when the Hackettstown Rotary Club presents the 22nd annual Memorial Motor Madness Car Show on the Mars grounds at 800 High Street. The event is held rain or shine from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and gates open to cars at 7:30 am.

Memorial Motor Madness features entries in 21 different classes that include Mustang, Firebird, Camaro, Antique (pre-1940 to 1970), VW Beetle, Antique Trucks, and Street Rod, among others. Prizes are awarded in each class, with judging by show participants.  Best of Show is chosen by popular vote, with this year’s winner receiving the Ed Hagaman Memorial Trophy, named in honor of one of the show’s founders.

Special dash plaques are awarded to the first 400 entrants.

Andrea Kirchuk, car show chair, says the show, which can feature 500 vehicles on a good-weather day, will benefit the Joan Knechel Cancer Center at Hackettstown Medical Center, as well as other local charities supported by the Rotary Club. These include the NORWESCAP Food Bank, The Arc of Warren County, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Camp Merry Heart, DASACC, and others.

Local DJ favorite Doc South will serve as emcee and spin the oldies all day. During the afternoon, he will ask for a moment of silence for the country’s veterans and members in service, and the crowd will hush for the playing of the National Anthem. He will also ask for donations for the purchase of phone cards to be given to service members stationed overseas so they may call home.

Food vendors will be on hand to serve breakfast and lunch items, including breakfast sandwiches, burgers and hot dogs, sausage sandwiches, Southern soul food, ice cream, and hot and cold beverages. Rotary members will also be selling chances for a cash 50/50 prize.

Show sponsors include Mars Chocolate/North America, Autosport Chevrolet, Hackettstown Medical Center, Honda of Hackettstown, Smith Motor Car Company, Centenary College, Johnson Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM, Hackettstown Hyundai, WRNJ Radio, and Warren County Community College.

Spectator admission is $5, with children age 12 and under admitted free when accompanied by an adult. No pets and no alcohol will be admitted.

For more information, please call 908.509. 1828 or visit

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