Since 1957 there has been an antique car show in the summer in New Hope. I think the show was canceled in 2004, so I'm not sure if it will be held in 2005 or not. The only show I can find in New Hope for 2005 is on 08/20/05 and it is the 18th annual show for members of the Lambda Car Club only, whereas the show we went to would be almost 50 years old by now.
We attended in 1969 when we were living in Philadelphia in our 1932 Plymouth. The car has an antique car license on the back from Pennsylvania, and on the front is a 1932 license from Colorado.
One of the features of the car is 'Floating Power'. In order to keep the vibration of the 4 cylinder engine from being a problem, the engine mounts were rubber topped. It also had 'free wheeling' which is illegal today. When you took your foot off the gas, the engine went to idle, so there was no braking effect of the engine. It meant that you could shift without using the clutch.
The cars are judged on authenticity and originality among other things. We have had this car since 1961. It has been repainted - when we got it, it was baby blue.
My father-in-law got this car in the 50s when a student from Florida drove it up to Maryland and traded it in on a Buick. The Buick dealer didn't want it on the lot, and my father-in-law traded him a rowboat that had washed up on their dock during a hurricane for it. My husband taught my mother-in-law to drive on this car.
If you have transportation, you should make the drive to visit New Hope. It's full of unique & fun shops & restaurants. Stay at a quiant Bed and Breakfast and peruse all the shops and restaurants..... many restaurants and some shops are dog-friendly!
Alfresco dining available. The Sunday afternoon we were there, we were able to hear the singer with his guitar who was playing inside in front of the bar area. Very nice staff. Steak and Frites plate was fantastic.
C'est la Vie French Bakery (20 Main St)
Grab a cafe au lait and a croissant and sit looking over the Delaware canal
Havana (Main St)
Good burgers, and my favorite dog friendly!!! You can even come here in the winter and sit outside with your pooch under the heat lamps!
Bed & Breakfast: The Mansion (Main St)
Really cool restaurant and great outside bar - surrounded by trees and shrubs. You'd never know Main St was a few steps away! Alfresco or inside dining available as well. Room rates aren't bad either - right on Main Street in the heart of New Hope!
Cool Bar (inside): Marsha Brown (Main St)
This restaurant and bar used to be a church. Stained glass windows and a healthy pour of wine! Creole style Menu: Lobster Bisque, Wedge Salad, Green Beans w/ Bacon & Blue cheese, Smashed Potatoes & BBQ Mussels are all excellent.
Music: John & Peter's (Main St)
Features musicans with original music.. quirky little bar with low-ceilings.
Kids: New Hope & Ivyland Railroad. newhoperailroad.com
Plays: Bucks County Playhouse.
Shop and Antiques: Too many to name! Every shop seems to have it's own unique offering. If you're into antiques then this area will be a favorite for you! Check out various websites for specifics..... many Shops are located all along, Main and Bridge Streets as well as in between! Stop in all of them as you stroll up and down Main Street!
Outlets and more shops: Peddlers Village in Lahaska