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Downtown Rutland Partnership announces amateur car show in conjunction with Devil’s Bowl Downtown Fan Festival

Saturday, May 4 - RUTLAND-The Downtown Rutland Partnership (DRP) is adding a new event to their annual calendar of downtown Rutland activities, they announced April 4. On May 4, DRP will host an amateur car show on the streets of downtown Rutland. Residents and visitors to the region are invited to enter their specialty cars in a chance to win 'Best in Class' prizes.

"So many area residents have a summer car that is their pride and joy - but they rarely get to show them off," said Laura Conti, of DRP Marketing. "Last year, Devil's Bowl Speedway showcased their race cars and drivers on the streets of downtown and nearly 1,000 car enthusiasts attended. We thought it would be a great opportunity for some of those enthusiasts to participate directly by bringing down their own cars."

The event is open to all makes and models of specialty cars. "It might be a vintage Mustang, a Model T, an antique truck …it's that car that you spend more time polishing than driving. There are no age requirements for vehicles. If you have a fun new car, you can enter that too. Our intention isn't to turn anyone away, but with limited space, we will need to ensure that each car has some 'show value,'" added Conti.

DRP is in the final stages of finalizing the specifics of the amateur car event including 'Best In Class' categories (which will be voted on by attendees) and sponsors, but is prepared to receive contest entries immediately.  DRP intends to have all entries received by April 29, 2013. The event itself will start at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 4, the day following 'Green-up Downtown' activities, Friday, May 3 - a downtown-wide spring cleaning initiative mimicking Green-up Vermont.

The 2012 Devil's Bowl event was a huge success, bringing +30 cars with drivers to downtown. This year the race car portion of the event is billed as 'The Devil's Bowl Downtown Fan Festival' with a car parade, 'Best Appearing Car' contest, Pit Stop contest, season pass raffle and many more fun activities - including the DRP Amateur Car showcase.  Devil's Bowl is using this years' event to promote the Spring Green Season Opener at Devil's Bowl on Sunday, May 5.

"We are thrilled to partner with Downtown Rutland for a second year", stated Justin St. Louis of Devil's Bowl Speedway. "We were very happy with the event last year, and this year we hope to bring up to 50 cars and put on quite a show."

For more info about the Amateur Car Contest, or to enter your specialty vehicle, visit For more info on the Devil's Bowl Downtown Fan Festival, call 802-265-3112.