Review and Photos - Classic Pinball Show - Wayne, NJ September 14, 2002
The Classic Pinball Show is put on by Kevin McHugh, owner of Classic Pinball in Clifton, NJ. The show is held in the shadow of New York City, so it has a large geographic area to draw attendees from. I attended the show last year for the first time and was extremely disappointed. Last year it was held in mid August on a typical steamy, muggy, drizzly New Jersey late summer weekend. Traffic was horrible in and out of the area, the temperature in the exhibit hall was unbearable and the tempers of the attendees were as short as the the temperature was high. I told myself that this was the first and last show I would attend.
Fast forward to 2002 and the show is moved to mid September, albeit the same location. I decided to give it another shot and headed up with a friend. We arrive early (around 8am) and get a great parking space (only street parking is available, and if you get there late, be prepared for a hike!). This year you needed to pay just to get into the flea-market area, I think was a great decision on Kevin's part, as more than 1/2 the show was located outside. I did hear some grumbling in the crowd, but these shows cost money to put on. The weather could not have been more perfect, low 70s, bright blue sky.
The number of vendors outside was triple the number from 2001, probably because of the later show date. The inside was as packed as every, which is really the biggest "con" about this show, there just isn't enough space inside to accommodate the number of people who show up. For me it was a good day, I had fun talking to folks, bought a great pinball neon sign and played a few games. Hopefully Kevin will be able to find a larger space next year, but what a turn around from 2001!
I did forget my camera, but I received these photos in an email from Rich Gans. Thanks Rich!