BRISTOL - Police are hoping to raise $2,000 at their fourth annual car show this Sunday.
The show will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton, at 42 Century Drive. Viewing the cars is free, and registering a vehicle is $10.
All the money raised will go toward the Special Olympics of Connecticut and help the Bristol Police Department attempt to place in the top 10 of police agencies in Connecticut that raise money for the organization. Each year at the Special Olympics Torch Run, participants from law enforcement agencies all over the state wear a shirt that has the top 10 list printed on it.
“It’s a source of pride,” said George Franek, who each year usually organizes the car show with Officer Jace Deluca. “Obviously we want to showcase all that Bristol police try to do for the Special Olympics and the support that we get from the community.”
In addition to the money police raise, DoubleTree will be selling beverages and BBQ food, and a portion of those proceeds will go to the Special Olympics.
“DoubleTree has been an amazing host,” Franek said. “They’ve been instrumental in this event getting bigger and better every year.”
Franek said the car show usually boasts newer vehicles, like Ferraris and Vipers, as well as restored muscle cars from the 1960s and 1970s. Any make or model is welcome to register, he said. Vehicles can be registered right up to the start of the show.
A police cruiser will also be out on display, and the fire department usually sends a fire truck over provided it isn’t needed for a fire call. A DJ from the Special Olympics will be there providing music for the afternoon. As of Wednesday, the forecast for Sunday looked like there could be rain, but Franek is hoping that changes by the time the weekend rolls around.
“It’s probably going to be the only car show the weekend of July 4,” Franek said. “We’ve been lucky in previous years with absolutely gorgeous weather.”
Aside from the car show, which raised $1,300 last year, and the Torch Run, which raised about $14,000 locally, police also usually do the Tip a Cop event in the fall to benefit the Special Olympics.