The Utica Parks and Recreation Commission will host its annual Gasoline Alley car show from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 10. The show will feature many different types of cars, including dragsters and hot rods. The lowriders are one of the main attractions at the  car show.

The Utica Parks and Recreation Commission will host its annual Gasoline Alley car show from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 10. The show will feature many different types of cars, including dragsters and hot rods. The lowriders are one of the main attractions at the car show.

File photo by Erin Sanchez


Utica Gasoline Alley car show returns to Auburn Road this weekend

By: Kara Szymanski | Shelby - Utica News | Published August 5, 2019

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UTICA — Get ready to rev your engines and check out some cool cars at Utica’s annual Gasoline Alley car show this weekend.

From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 10, classic cars will take over downtown Utica along Auburn Road from the Utica Public Library to Cass Avenue.

The car show, hosted by the Utica Parks and Recreation Commission, will feature many different types of cars, including dragsters and hot rods.

Rick Michelon, the owner of USA Tire in Utica and the organizer of the event as part of the Parks and Recreation Commission, said they are expecting 300-400 cars this year.

In addition, a gas show and swap meet will be located in the Utica Fire Department parking lot. The event also will feature beer and wine, entertainment, food trucks and vendors.

“There will be new vendors this year with large collections of gas and oil memorabilia. If anyone is looking to decorate a man cave or add to their collection, they should definitely check out the gas show and swap meet, which will take place behind the fire station on the day of the show,” said Michelon.

The gas show will include everything that has to do with vintage gas and oil memorabilia. The swap meet will feature various dealers selling gas pumps, car parts and auto-related memorabilia.

USA Tire will also be open during the event with even more to see.

“Please also stop by USA Tire and check out our collection of memorabilia. We only open up the entire collection once a year for public viewing, so it is a great opportunity to see some rare and unusual pieces of gas and oil memorabilia,” said Megan Michelon, a partner with her dad in running the event.

There will be a variety of old cars to view, including original restorations spanning from the 1930s through the 1990s.

“The city of Utica (Downtown Development Authority) was generous enough to sponsor the dragsters this year. Present at the show, we will have the RAM Chargers and Color Me Gone funny cars. These are a sight to see and hear! They will perform at 1:00 by the police station,” said Rick Michelon.

Admission to the car show, swap meet and gas show is free.

Firefighters will have a fire boot out at the event to collect any donations to support the Great Lakes Burn Camp. The camp promotes healing, self-esteem, confidence and the general well-being of burn-injured children.

For those interested in participating in the car show as a car registrant, entry costs $20. Participation as a swap meet vendor costs $25, and $20 for each additional spot. Setup for the event will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9.

The car show also will benefit the American Cancer Society.

The number of vehicles on display will depend on the weather that day. About 300 vehicles participated last year.

“As always, please pray for good weather! This show is made possible by a beautiful, sunny day!” said Rick Michelon.

Local businesses will be open during the event, and some will even have specials.

“We really limit the number of food trucks that we allow to participate in the show because we feel that it is important to encourage our guests to visit and patronize all of the lovely restaurants in our wonderful downtown area,” said Megan Michelon.

There will be some food trucks, such as the Imperial House and Dilla’s Delights. There will also be a DJ for music.

“Downtown Utica offers so many wonderful restaurants. I would like to highlight that Muldoons will be selling coffee and doughnuts in the morning and lunch specials in the afternoon! The Shamrock Pub will also have featured specials for the day. In addition, we will be having a few food trucks. Imperial House will offer a full breakfast and lunch menu, Dilla Delights offers soft serve ice cream and traditional packaged ice cream bars. Baked Delicious will be offering fresh homemade pastries, coffee, cookies and other yummy snacks!” said Rick Michelon.

“In addition, we will have DJ Scott Keuhl that will play good ol’ rock ‘n’ roll all day long! Every year we offer a 50-50 drawing and give out various prizes in the afternoon, so be sure to stay tuned!” he said.

Rick Michelon said there are a few things that are different this year.

“Joining us this year will be Carter Crompton, and he is bringing the first SnapOn tool truck. This is a vintage 1923 roadster that will be on display for everyone to enjoy,” he said.

Megan Michelon said they are excited for all the new things this year.

“We are so excited for this year’s show. We have really stepped up our presence on social media, and we are getting a lot of positive feedback. Like us on Facebook @UticasGasolineAlley! You can also visit us on the web at www.uti casgasolinealley.com,” said Megan Michelon.

The car show event will require road closures affecting a portion of Auburn Road going into downtown Utica. Parking will be available across from Jimmy John’s Field and in the parking lot off McClellan Street.

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