Pumpkin Run, Eclectic Car Show in SJ Pine Barrens

The 14th Annual Pumpkin Run at Fleming’s, Egg Harbor, NJ

Blast From The Past Car Show
At the Perfect Motorhead Hangout, An Old Junk Yard!

Amazing Sights, Sounds and Smells on a Beautiful Fall Day!

by K. Scott Teeters

OnePumpkinrunflagI’ve been a “car guy” for the last 45 years. That means I’ve been to LOTS of car shows. The whole purpose of a “car show” is to show off your car. So, most car shows are usually held in a “nice” place, you know, civic centers, convention centers, car dealerships, parks, quaint downtown streets, race tracks, and boardwalks. Flemings Auto Parts in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey is what I call, an “old fashioned junk yard.” They probably prefer “salvage yard,” but unlike most of the salvage yards I’ve visited, with the junk cars all lined up in rows with letter-number designations for easy location, Flemings Auto Parts is a meandering, sprawling “yard” with ALL KINDS of old machines.

What a PERFECT place for a car show!


ninepumpkinrungaspumpsAs we walked around the show, the yard’s rusting cars and pieced vehicles provided unique backgrounds that were a distinct part of the show. Around one corner, scattered about amongst the tall grasses, we saw what looked like a grave yard of old gas pumps.



In the last century, Southern New Jersey had several dirt race tracks. Gathered here and there were the remains of someone’s dreams of race car victory. I know that every one of these old war horses has a story that most likely, no one remembers.


elevenpumpkinrunmonstertruckHave you ever wondered what it would be like to ride in a MONSTER TRUCK? Honestly, I personally would not be comfortable 12 feet off the ground in the back of such a truck that’s doing figure-eights on those soft, bouncy tires. Okay, the driver was going rather slow and everyone seemed to like their ride. And I kept hearing that choo-choo.

twelvepumpkinrunarmytruckThe Pumpkin Run is open to ALL kinds of vehicles. Perhaps one of the most unusual was this vintage Army troop transporter. My goodness, how many old Army movies have we all seen with these trucks? This one was obviously restored to original condition, evidenced in the cloud of exhaust smoke. It was just another part of the “ambiance” of The Pumpkin Run.


thirteenpumpkinrunhelicopterUnlike the functioning Army troop transporter, this Army chopper was definitely not going anywhere. But I keep hearing that train!


fourteenpumpkintrucksObviously, Flemings has been around for some time. Another part of the background décor was this collection of old tractor/trailer gigs that are long gone. How many miles and stories could each one of these old work horses tell of the early days of America’s interstate transportation system?


fifteenpumpkincedarshinglesAs the afternoon went on, we began to notice the light lower in the sky and just a tad of a nip in the air. Cars were beginning to line up to go home, as it was getting close to the 4pm close of the show. I had heard about the Pumpkin Run cedar shingle souvenir as this is where they historically made cedar shingles. My nose kind of lead me there, as I couldn’t miss the aroma of burned cedar. We walked around a corner and there was the guy, branding cedar shakes with “Pumpkin Run 2009” for just a buck! But, where in the heck is that old steam train?

sixteenpumpkinsteamtractorOne of the last things we saw at the 2009 Pumpkin Run was a beautiful, fully restored and functioning steam tractor. I kept hearing “Choo-choooooo…” from time to time and assumed that there was a functioning, old steam locomotive – perhaps a small one. I used to do drawings of steam tractors when I worked for Matchbox Collectibles, but never saw one. Steam locomotive trains were just about all gone when I was a small kid in the late ‘50s. What a delight to see a functioning steam tractor. These are machines that, like hot rods, seem as if they are alive and breathing. Granted, steamers are terribly  inefficient and require tons of maintenance, but it’s still fun to see one of these relics from a time that is all but forgotten.

We took 80 plus images at the 2009 Pumpkin Run Street Rod Show and Antique Engine & Tractor Show at Flemings Auto Parts. You may enjoy these thanks to PhotoBucket.com by going to this url…

2009 Pumpkin Run Photos

Photos taken by Scott Teeters and Karen Teeters

So, next year, if you don’t mind a ride through the Jersey pines, take in the 15th Annual Pumpkin Run. You’ll be in for a car treat, South Jersey-style. Y’all come back now, YA HEAR! – K. Scott Teeters 11.15.09



Links of Interest:

Pumpkin Run Show Website

Flemings Auto Parts Website

Your Two Cents:

Have you been to this or past Pumpkin Run Shows?

What did you find amazing?

One Response to Pumpkin Run, Eclectic Car Show in SJ Pine Barrens

  • Barbara says:

    Thank you for the nice write up Harry Fleming is the sole owner of
    this junk yard Ihope you tryour may show you get to see more items
    its not as big aspumpkin run but t is the same show thanks again for
    your interest and im


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