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Annual Fleming’s Pumpkin Run Car Show in the Pines!

Dateline: 11.26.11

When it comes to eclectic cars and  machines, Piney people know how to have fun!

WE have a DOZEN slide shows at the bottom of this post!!!

If you are going to have an old cars and machines show, what could  be a better place that an old junk yard for some Autumn car fun. Let’s face it, modern junk yards, er, ah, salvage yards, or worse yet, auto recycle centers, are BORING! I mean, who wants to wander up and down rows and columns, like walking a giant spreadsheet? Well, that a lot’a fun, like working in a Big Box store! But the really old junk yards are FUN. They wander and meander all around like a child’s board game. You never know what you’ll find around the bend and behind that pile of old gas pumps.

Fleming’s Auto Parts, in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey is such a junk yard. The first weekend of every November since 1996, Harry Fleming and his team have been having their Street Rod Show and Antique Engine & Tractor Show at the family owned junk yard. We first learned about the show from our friend John Loeper of Ocean City, New Jersey. John described the show as a “celebration of machines,” and he wasn’t kidding. Open to the Pumpkin Run show are: show cars and trucks, antiques, classic ‘50s cars, muscle cars, street rods, rat rods, motorcycles, military vehicles, antique race cars, steam tractors, and just about any kind of mechanical machine you can think of. They even have an air cannon that fires pumpkins at a junker minivan. The crowd really likes the cannon!

I don’t know why, but the weather pattern here in New Jersey is very consistent. Early November always delivers cool, crisp, autumn weather – PERFECT for an outside car show. But it’s not just the weather and the cars that create the ambiance of the Pumpkin Run, it’s the smells. There’s a wonderful blend of smells – the pine trees, the Jersey sand, the fallen maple leaves and pine needles, the closeness of the Atlantic ocean, the kettle corn, the burgers, the french fries, AND (I know this sounds really weird) engine exhaust. Ahhh… SMELLS GREAT!

Unfortunately, I can’t capture and deliver to you all of the aromas of the day, but I did take LOTS of pictures – around 300 or so. They’re all broken down into groups below. Enjoy! – Scott


Corvettes [nggallery id=51]


Muscle Cars [nggallery id=55]


Sceanery[nggallery id=58]


Street Rods [nggallery id=59]


Rat Rods[nggallery id=57]


Race Cars[nggallery id=56]


Classic Cars[nggallery id=50]


Badges [nggallery id=49]


Junkers [nggallery id=52]


Motorcycles[nggallery id=54]


Machines [nggallery id=53]


Trucks [nggallery id=60]


Fleming’s Auto Parts
353 Zion Road
Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey
609-381-7686
http://www.flemingshows.com/


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2 Responses to Annual Fleming’s Pumpkin Run Car Show in the Pines!

  • I really enjoyed the slide show for the Pumpkin Car show…turns out I’ve been driving past Fleming’s on Zion Rd. for years completly unaware of what it was. Definitely putting a reminder on my calendar to check out this event next year!

  • Hi Donna,
    Even if you’re really “not into cars” it’s a FUN event to attend. The sights, sounds, smells, vintage cars and machines. It’s one of my favorite car shows. – Scott

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