7th Annual Block Island Motoring EventNow includes planes
The annual Block Island Motoring Event has always quietly accepted vehicles other than cars for its annual show. There have been motorcycles, scooters, mopeds and even a tractor or two.
But this year airplanes are welcome to join the festivities, said event founder Derek van Lent. The event takes place on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Registration is at 11 a.m. (The rain date is Sunday, Sept. 29.)
The one-day affair, which also acts as a fundraiser for the Block Island Early Learning Center, takes place primarily at the open field right next to The Oar Restaurant, which is where visitors can find the cars and other wheeled vehicles. Boats can be found at Payne’s Dock, which is within walking distance. The planes can be seen at the Block Island Airport. There will be a shuttle between the airport and the main field.
Most shows such as this tend to show off shiny old relics of the past, but this Motoring Event has a simpler approach: “If you love it, bring it.”
“We like to keep it wide open,” said van Lent. “If you’re passionate about it, whether it’s old, restored, new or rusty, we still want to see it.” Last year there were about 75 vehicles in the show, and this year van Lent hopes to top 80 vehicles.
The day involves more than just a display of vintage vehicles. There is a barbecue, pumpkins and mums for sale, baked goods, T-shirts, face painting, a caricature artist and a hay bale maze.
Van Lent said the event is supported by local businesses that supply food and rooms to the people who enter their vehicles, and he mentioned that Interstate Navigation, which is a sponsor, reduces the ticket price for those bringing their vehicles over to the island.
The original poster artwork this year was created by islander Cori Black, daughter of Sue Black, the outgoing director of the Block Island Early Learning Center.
Registration is now open. Anyone wishing to enter a vehicle of any kind should call van Lent at (401) 741-4987. Land and water vehicles can be registered for $20; planes are $30.
If anyone is looking to reserve space on the ferry for a vehicle, they should call Jenette at (401) 783-4613, ext. 112.