North Jersey Auto Show

North Jersey Auto Show

the Restored Rusty Relics car show
at Bergen Community College in Paramus
Registration is now open for show #42 on May 17, 2020!

people at north jersey car show

The 42nd annual North Jersey Auto Show is slated for May 17, 2020 at Bergen Community College in Paramus, near Routes 4 and 17. We expect hundreds of cars (we topped 400 last year) and seventy or more vendors selling car parts, clothing, collectibles, memorabilia, and food.

sign up now • vendors, please read2019 show

You asked, we listened! The winners’ parade will begin 45 minutes earlier this year.


This is a “classic car” show. It is only open to vehicles from model-year 1994 and earlier. Motorcycles, trucks, imports, and emergency vehicles are welcome! Proceeds benefit local charities and keep the show going.

Our Paramus car show is at 400 Paramus Road; we will be in Bergen Community College’s Lot C (bear right at the entrance). The cost is $20 per car on the day of the show. Spectators can visit for $5 per person — with a maximum $10 per carload (no buses or large vans). Proceeds benefit local charities and keep the show going.

The show is only open to vehicles from model-year 1995 and earlier. Motorcycles are welcome! There is free pre-registration for 1927 and older cars, and for 1995 cars, since it’s the first year of their antique status.

Pre-registration (ends on April 30, 2020)

All pre-registered cars will get dash plaques, as will the first day-of-show show cars. There are also trivia contests with prizes, and a DJ playing music. Selected (not judged!) class winners will get trophies.

We have online pre-registration before May 1 for show cars only (not vendors or spectators):

Pre-register for $15 per car before May 1

Registering adds you to a mailing list; you can leave this list at any time with a single click, or by writing to us. Cars cannot be newer than the 1995 model year!

Year and brand (e.g., 1910 Brush)
Your car model (e.g., Duster)
Your phone (optional)

If you do not want to pre-register on-line, check back in January 2020 for our downloadable pre-registration form. Vendor forms are not yet available pending approval.  

Get show updates with the mailing list

If you sign up, we will let you know when pre-registration opens each year and send a reminder just before it closes. We only send around four to seven messages per year, and we don’t share or sell addresses.

Are you already on our hard-copy (USPS) mailing list?

  • (filling out the name and location fields below will help us with that)

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Where did you learn about the show?

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About the trophies and parade

This event is not traditionally judged. Awards are selected based on factors such as unique features, condition, restoration or ownership stories, rarity, or representating a significant step in automotive development or design. Winners may not be owned by Restored Rusty Relics members; “judges” try not to select winners from the past two North Jersey Auto Shows.



Starting this year, all vendors have to pre-register! The absolute final drop-deadline is the Monday before the show, May 11—we must have your signed hold-harmless form in our hand by that time. We will still have a discount for registering before May 1. We are sorry for the inconvenience, but we insurance issues preclude day-of-show registration for vendors.


Rules of particular interest to vendors (flea market/swap meet):

Trophy parade

2019 was the first time since leaving Upper Saddle River that we were able to do a “trophy parade,” where spectators got to watch people drive across the show field to pick up their trophies, in the cars that merited the awards. (It was also the first time at BCC that we separated the show field into classes.) We will do the same in 2020, but will have the parade earlier.

winnersSelected cars and their owners gather before lining up for the parade

parade 1Lining up: around forty cars, one at a time


2019 Show Sponsors:
Teterboro Auto Mall
Doyle’s Auto and 4x4

The Classic Car Hotel • Locomotion Power Sports
2019 Trivia Contest Sponsors:
Meguiar’s • Year One • Rock AutoTeterboro Auto Mall • Hagerty • Minivans Book

Car show rules

In addition to the vendor rules above


2019 show • Prepping for a show • 2018 showWhere the money goes

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