Classic cars rolling in for Sock Hop


Throngs of people check out cars during the 26th annual Sock Hop and Car Show on the Prospect Green last year. This year’s event, which is organized by the Office of the Mayor and Prospect Car Owner's Association, will be held Sunday. –RA ARCHIVE

PROSPECT — Classic cars are getting set to roll into Prospect on Sunday.

The town’s 27th annual Car Show and Sock Hop will take place on the Town Green from 1 to 7 p.m.

The event will feature food vendors, live music by The Rockin’ Heartbeats and The Charades, and the Prospect Car Owner’s Association will be selling T-shirts and sweatshirts and local civic organizations will be selling raffle tickets.

All of the music throughout the event will be from the 1950s and 1960s.

“This is a very leisurely way to spend a Sunday afternoon,” Mayor Robert Chatfield said.

He emphasized the fact that this is a walk-around event. Parking will be located at St. Anthony’s Church, Algonquin School, and Long River Middle School. Handicapped parking will be available at the senior center with golf carts available to transport people back and forth from the event.

There will be 23 trophies given out and a new class this year for military and emergency vehicles.

Chatfield expects the turnout to be large since there were approximately 750 cars at the show two years ago.

“It’s fun to see a guy with his grandson looking at the cars and saying ‘I took your grandmother out on our first date in a car like that 50 years ago,’” Chatfield said. “It’s kind of like stepping back in time.”

Chatfield said that he is impressed with all the cars that come to the show.

“They spend years restoring them. They’re all very proud of what they bring,” Chatfield said. “There’s a lot of enthusiasm that goes into restoring these”

For his part, Chatfield is very excited to see the fully restored 1954 CR&L City Bus that will be at the show. He said that the person who had restored it also decorated it with poster from the television show The Honeymooners.

The car show is free and open to the public.