Plainville resident and business owner Tabitha Manafort imagined having a big grand opening for Powerhouse Motorsports to be celebrated with a car/motorcycle show. But COVID derailed those plans.
Instead, the two events were held separately, with Powerhouse Motorsports hosting their first car show on a recent Friday night.
Ralph Barbagallo and his wife Sharleen, childhood friends of Powerhouse co-owner Justin Manafort, run car shows. They got in touch several months ago, and the rest is history.
News of the car/motorcycle show was spread by word of mouth, Facebook posts, and via newspapers and advertising. Car enthusiasts have a real passion, pride, and appreciation for these kind of events and word spreads quickly.
Powerhouse sponsored the show, which drew more than 250 cars, trucks and motorcycles. The event also included raffles, gifts for sale, and food from local favorite Saint’s Restaurant. John and Claudia St. Pierre served their famous hot dogs and hamburgers, not only feeding hungry attendees, but also adding to the overall community feel at the gathering.
The Barbagallos DJ’ed during the show and 10-year-old Tommi Manafort, daughter of Justin and Tabitha, was able to collect more than $2,500 for Victory Junction Camp, a getaway for kids with serious illnesses. Tommi raised the funds through the sale of her artwork, and generous donations.
The Manaforts wish to thank the dedicated, hard-working Powerhouse employees who helped out. Also present to lend a hand and to support their sister’s and parents’ efforts were Manafort children Samantha and Justin Jr.
If you missed out on the fun, you have two other chances. Powerhouse is hosting car shows on Aug. 27 and Sept. 25, both running from 5 to 8 p.m.