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All things hot rod: Five stores at one location will hold open house and car show this Saturday

May 30, 2014

By Dylan Morrill, Foster's Daily Democrat, Dover, N.H.



May 30--DOVER -- Hot Rod City, the Seacoast area's newest automobile and motorcycle mecca, will officially open its doors Saturday for a grand celebration with a car show and open house.

The event at 99 Oak St. will kick off at 9 a.m. and run until 3 p.m. Live music from three bands will fill the air throughout the day. Radio station 101.5 The Bubble will be broadcasting live. A bounce house and ice cream will be available.

And of course, many, many cars will be on display.

"It's going to be a car show as well as an open house," said Sean LaRose, owner of Paintworks Unlimited, a classic car restoration shop located in Hot Rod City.

Hot Rod City is a collection of five already established businesses that decided to come together at a National Guard Armory Building, which they renovated on Oak Street in Dover to create what LaRose calls a must-see destination.

According to LaRose, Hot Rod City is "Disney World for gear heads."

"(The five businesses) were all located elsewhere and we all kind of knew each other anyways so we all kind of came into the armory building," said LaRose.

The name Hot Rod City was first brought up as a joke, said LaRose, but it had a nice ring to it and stuck.

The five businesses in Hot Rod City are a diner, a music shop, two motorcycle shops, and the business that all the others are centered around, Paintworks Unlimited.

D-Vision Custom Cycle produces custom motorcycles, metal fabrication, and does old school Harley-Davidson repair. RPM Cycles services late model Harley-Davidsons. Ralph's House of Tone offers music lessons, instruments, and repairs. And Cherrybombs Diner, which was founded by the owners of Cafe Ciabatta on Pierce Street, is a 50s style diner serving classic diner food.

"We're all quite synergetic," said LaRose of the five businesses. "We all kind of feed off of each other."

LaRose said that once the celebration is over on Saturday, there will still be plenty opportunities for area residents to check out some classic cars and motorcycles.

"One of the other things that we are doing here as well is we are actually doing cruise-ins every Thursday night," said LaRose. At these cruise-ins anyone with a classic car, or anyone with a desire to see a classic car, can show up and join the fun.

"We're really trying to create a destination where people can come and hang out," said LaRose.

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Source: Foster's Daily Democrat (Dover, NH)