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Classic car show rolls into A.C.

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Cars and trucks, red and blue and old and new have made their way, along with thousands of visitors, to the 40th annual Atlantic City Classic Car Show.

"It's a thrill to be here," said visitor Don Stabilito.

"We come here every year for about the past 25 or so. To us it's the beginning of the car show season and that's what we're all about."

The weekend-long event gives guests the chance to bid on 600 cars being auctioned off or simply take a trip down memory lane and browse the hundreds of classic cars on display.

Officials with the Convention Center say the event has long provided Atlantic City visitors with an alternative to the casinos.

"Its great for the city, it's a city-wide event that's what we're all about these days and that is to bring more people in and create excitement about Atlantic City which is what this car show is all about," said President of the Atlantic City Convention and Visitors Authority Jeff Vasser.

And in the wake of Hurricane Sandy and other hardships, event organizers say they had no problem filling spots for vendors and even had to turn away 300 cars for the auction after all of the spots filled up.

"Economic ups and downs, gas crunches, I think this event really proves that car aficionados are very passionate about their hobby and I think they show it here every year," said President of GPK Auctions Jay Silberman.

The show concludes Sunday at 5pm and even though these classic cars will soon be in the rearview mirror, organizers believe the road blocks thrown up by hurricanes and other events won't be enough to slow down this Atlantic City tradition.

"This city is so resilient. I think this event has been here so long, 1973 was the year it was created," said Silberman.

 "And I think we're going to be here a long time"

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