For years—about three and a half decades, in fact—the Heart of Bucks car show was held over in a field at Central Bucks West on a Saturday morning. The popular summer event had a lot of followers, most of them automotive enthusiasts. What a brilliant idea to bring it right into town this year and turn it into a Saturday night event. Not only did the organizers make the most of the borough’s wide streets, eclectic shops and varied dining establishments; they also introduced this great pastime to a lot of families and individuals who were already in town for a meal or to shop.
This year’s event, which benefited the Doylestown Rotary and the club’s local initiatives, featured nearly 500 vehicles of all makes and vintages along with the judging, music and other live entertainment. General admission was free, so the town filled up quickly with a happy evening crowd of all ages and interests.
At 7:00, the Rotarians who were involved in this, the first “Doylestown at Dusk” version of the annual show, were still reeling from frantically finding space along Court, State and Clinton Streets for all the entries. Having anticipated 250, they had to scramble to accommodate the surprise numbers who showed up at 5:00 to register.
Sponsors for Doylestown at Dusk included Fred Beans Family of Dealerships and Hatboro Federal Savings at the Platinum level, Gold Poster sponsor Montgomeryville Maaco Auto Body & Paint, Main Stage sponsor Keystone Volvo of Doylestown, Top Ten Trophy sponsor Meineke Car Care of Doylestown and nine special presentation awards sponsors. Puck was responsible for the live musical entertainment.