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August 16, 2011 > Niles heats up with cool cars

Niles heats up with cool cars

By Julie Grabowski

The best, boldest, and shiniest rides take over Niles for the 15th annual Hot August Niles Car Show. The show has continued to grow each year through word of mouth, and this Saturday boasts a collection of over 400 cars. A small town can only hold so much, but event coordinator Marie Dear says they're not worried about limiting participants just yet. "We want to let people come and have a good time."

Niles Boulevard between G and J Streets, as well as both parking lots, will host a variety of beautiful, envy-inducing vehicles, from the early '20s to brand new models. Studebakers, Model A's, as well as some great trucks will be present; some entries are even coming from out of state.

Stop by the Niles Merchants booth at Fremont Bank on the corner of I Street and Niles Boulevard to pick up a commemorative T-shirt for $25. But be sure to get there soon; quantities are limited to 125 shirts. Other car shirts will be available for purchase, and a few car-related booths will be on hand such as AAA offering car insurance, and Bob's Custom Painting. After enjoying their participation in last year's show, Fremont Ford is returning with six new cars to display.

While the day is all about the mean machines, there will also be live blues music in the plaza beginning at 10 a.m., a 50/50 raffle in which the winner splits the collected money with the Niles Merchants, and one popular vendor will be on hand serving up linguica and hot dogs. And of course there are the many shops and restaurants of Niles to explore!

Sponsored by the Niles Merchants Association, proceeds from the event go to the Festival of Lights Parade. The Niles Merchants Association is a non-profit group that has been active since the 1950s, dedicated to preserving the history and charm of Niles for all to enjoy. Hot August Niles is one of their three annual events, along with the Spring Fever Car Show in May and the Festival of Lights Parade at Christmas. A vintage fashion show and Christmas teas also serve as fundraisers for the parade. "I think we make a really good name for the City of Fremont, and it helps all the shops in Niles," says Dear.

Car owners can register their vehicles the day of the show for $28 and parking is first-come, first-served. Non car showing attendees can park on Mission and on 2nd Street, or wherever else they can find a space. Reserved handicap parking will be available.

"We invite young and old alike, and they'll come out and have a good day," says Dear. So grab your shades, sunscreen, and strolling shoes - it's going to be a hot time in the historic town!

Hot August Niles Car Show
Saturday, August 20
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Niles Boulevard (between G and J Streets), Fremont
(510) 552-6034
www.nilesmerchants.com
Free

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