By Tyler Dumont
DRACUT -- For a fifth straight year, Don Morowski is bringing together dozens of antique and classic cars, trucks, hot rods and, new this year -- a 10,000-pound monster truck.
The annual event, which will take place Saturday at Veteran's Memorial Park in Dracut from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., will continue to benefit Veteran's Park and its concession stand. This year's proceeds will be spent on a new $40,000 gazebo planned for the park.
The park is on Route 113 and Broadway Road, behind the Dracut Post Office.
According to Morowski, the Veteran's Park "5 Street Rod Car Show" is expected to encompass a variety of nearly 200 vehicles.
"There will be half a dozen national show cars from Virginia, too," Morowski said.
Admission for the public is free and live entertainment will be provided, in addition to a barbecue with all the trimmings. Registration for automobile participants is also free by emailing Morowski at DonMorowski@yahoo.com or call 978-726-2570.
New this year is a custom-designed monster truck built by Dracut's Jeff Bursey and his team.
Bursey told The Sun that his truck has a 526-cubic-inch-blown, alcohol-injected M.E. St. George engine. With 1,500-horsepower, the truck has traveled with Bursey all over the world to about 40 shows each year.
The truck's engine was designed by a Pittsfield, N.H., company, and his team is sponsored by SL Chasse in Hudson, N.H., and Beard Racing Seats.
"It's something I always wanted to do. It's been a lifelong dream of mine, and I'm living it," Bursey said.
Bursey, who built his first monster truck at 15, has been on the road with them since 1993 after graduating from Lowell Catholic High School.
He's a true townie -- and owns an excavating business with his father and primarily services Dracut.
Bursey's blue and white truck will be parked on display.
"People can take pictures with it and enjoy it," he said. "Come on out and get a good look at it.
"You don't realize how cool these trucks are until you see them up close."