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Middlesex Chamber Announces Winners for 2021 Start Your Engines to Sunday Funday

Submitted by Sierra Lopez.

(Middletown, CT.) Chairman Tom Byrne and Event Chairman Joe Santaniello of the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce invited the community to ride with the Middlesex Chamber last Sunday for an exciting virtual event to support the Middletown Youth Programs, First Responders, and Healthcare Workers.

The day was filled with sunshine, American spirit, and amazing cars. The Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day!

This innovative, virtual event showcased 155 classic and antique vehicles that traveled a 3.8-mile route throughout beautiful downtown Middletown, which passed the police station, fire personnel and Middlesex Hospital.  As participants passed, they honked their horns to give a big thanks to our first responders, front line and healthcare workers! The virtual festivities began at 12:30 p.m. at the NAPA parking lot on Newfield Street.

Car enthusiast and virtual riders donated to the Middletown Youth Programs, which includes the Hal Kaplan Middletown Mentor Program, Middletown Recreation Programs and the Middletown Summer Youth Employment Program.

This year, our top sponsors and special guests each handed out an award to their “best in show”, which include the following participants:

Middletown Mayor, Ben Florsheim Choice Award – George Gardner driving a red 1970 MG MGB.

NAPA Auto Parts Best in Show Choice Award – Al Waters driving a sunset red 1958 Chevrolet 58 Corvette.

Eastern Chapter Over The Hill Gang Car Club Choice Award – Max Gardner driving a black 1956 Lincoln Premiere.

The Powerwashing Kings Choice Award – Steve Zigmont driving a red and white 1955 Chevrolet Belair.

Geico Newington Choice Award – Tin Cook driving a red 1968 Pontiac GTO.

Downtown Business District Choice Award – Mark Morello driving an ivy green metallic 1966 Mustang Convertible.

The Flood Law Firm Choice Award – Ron Depioto driving a blue 1956 Chevrolet Belair.

Liberty Bank Choice Award – Rich Schultz driving a red 1967 GMC K-10.

Key Chevrolet Choice Award – Wayne Cranford driving a black and silver with red stripe 1978 Pace Car Chevrolet Corvette.

Incase you missed, “Start Your Engines to Sunday Funday – Middletown is Virtually Cruisin’ 2021” you can find photos and videos on Cruise Night on Main Street’s Facebook page.

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