Tuesday, October 9, 2012

HandiJam Car/Bike Show

On September 30th, Staten Island was supposed to have its Columbus Day Parade. Unfortunately, due to conflicts, the parade was cancelled. I didn't have a day off, though! Previously, at the T.E.A.L. Walk, I was invited by Brielle Von Hugel's father to the 7th Annual HandiJam Car/Bike Show. Brielle was a finalist on American Idol and was scheduled to perform at this event.
The HandiJam Car/Bike Show is held in order raise money to buy Christmas gifts for children assisted by several groups, including: Mission of the Immaculate Virgin, Mount Loretto and Rainbow's Hope. The event featured classic cars, hot rods, and other vehicles from all over. Motor vehicle enthusiasts entered for a chance to win a 1st place trophy.
I'm not an expert on cars or bikes, but I think that they were all amazing! I don't know how anyone could pick just one! I had a lot of fun looking at them and some of the owners let me sit in their cars. From crazy show cars to restored oldies, they had it all. Once again, I saw my "driver," Len Bosso. I was sad to hear that he is selling the car I've ridden in for most of the parades! It was cool to see it in a car show, though.
My favorite car of the day had to be one that was featured on Boardwalk Empire. It was completely original from 1924!
Right before I headed out, Brielle Von Hugel performed. Though she felt a little under the weather, she sounded beautiful, as usual. Brielle has such a unique sound to her voice and it is always a pleasure to listen to her sing. Well done!
It was a fun and relaxing day at the HandiJam Car/Bike Show. I've seen firsthand the effect that organizations like Rainbow's Hope can have on a child's holiday season by bringing so much joy. It is for this reason that I hope a lot of money was raised to give to groups like these. Congratulations on a wonderful event and thank you to Brielle Von Hugel's family & Charlene Raco for inviting me!

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