The Marlborough Main Street Car Show, now in its eighth year and considered one of the city’s major annual events, has quietly raised more than $75,000 for City and statewide charities. United Brethren Lodge of Freemasons in Marlborough produces the show in partnership with the Push Rods Car Club, with generous support from area business sponsors and encouragement from the Chamber of Commerce, Mayor’s Office and Police Department.
The diverse show, which welcomes classics, muscle, hot rods, exotics and antique vehicles, is one of the few Massachusetts shows that stages vehicles along a downtown Main Street. The brick and brownstone buildings, including City Hall, provide a unique, picturesque backdrop for the more than 250 vehicles that participate.
The show is free to spectators, who number over 1,000 during the 5-hour span of the event. The charitable funds come from sponsors, mostly area businesses, many of whom have supported the show annually from the beginning. Car owners are also asked for a $10 contribution to the show’s charities, which have included:
• Shriner’s Hospitals for Children in Boston and Springfield, Mass.
• Marlborough Food Pantry
• Wounded Warrior Project
• Home Base Veteran and Family Care
• United Brethren Angel Fund, which provides assistance to students in need via Marlborough public school administrators
Sponsors appear in a full-color printed program, and also have the option of presenting one of 15 trophies for such categories as best paint, engine, classic, and truck. Push Rods club members serve as judges, and Marlborough’s mayor and the Chamber president also award trophies to their favorite entries.
The main Street show has included unique touches over the years. Guest vocalists and a marching band have performed the National Anthem in front of City Hall. Special film cars have made appearances, including TV’s Batmobile and Herbie the Love Bug. Midget sprint race cars, dragsters, an antique fire engine and armored military vehicles have been featured. Music is always provided by renowned New England car-show DJ Dr. Dom, who mixes in trivia stumpers between fun songs of the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s.
Originally conceived as a one-time event in celebration of the United Brethren Lodge’s 150th anniversary, the initial show was so popular with car owners, Marlborough citizens and civic leaders that it was quickly decided to make it annual. Always held the first Sunday of June, it is known among show-car enthusiasts as one of the first major events of the season. Each year the show has been chaired by Bob Archibald of United Brethren, with Jim Grillo leading the Push Rods contingent. The standing show committee of 12 are augmented by about 20 Show Day volunteers who do their best to make everything run smoothly along the mile-long stretch of Main Street.
For information on the Marlborough Main Street Car show, contact Bob Archibald at EO@marlborocarshow.com, or (508) 251-9790
The United Brethren Masonic Lodge was chartered 1859 in Marlborough, Massachusetts. To celebrate their 150th Anniversary in 2009, the Lodge decided to host a car show and worked with the City of Marlboro as well as the Push Rods. The event was so well received that it has since become an annual tradition and continues to grow in popularity. None of this would be possible without the support from the City of Marlborough and the business community that sponsors the event making it free to the general public.
This is a non-profit event whereby each year all proceeds are donated to a chosen charity.