Loads of Oldies Bands & Doo Wop Groups along with 1,400 Vintage Cars
Wednesday, Aug. 31 through Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016
Parsippany NJ Hilton/Hampton Inn Hotels
Is a five day Oldies Music and Old Car Festival Weekend unlike any event held anywhere on this planet. The word Lead is old car vernacular meaning customized car. It's what auto body men used before Bondo auto body filler was invented.
We deliver a series of events that celebrates the 50's decade. Over the years more than 250,000 people have come to our events. Many have told us it is the best, most fun, most nostalgic event they have ever attended!
Because of what our customers told us in a recent survey, we are keeping the car vintage 1972 & earlier Sat/'74 and earlier Sunday, with a strict enforcement to keep newer cars out. And we are keeping the music 50‘s.
Since 1983 we have produced a 100% American, 100% family, 100% fun weekend of old cars and 1950's music (1955-'63) with a full array of activities unmatched by any other event anywhere. From the beginning we believed that old car and oldies enthusiasts deserved a higher quality event.
With the exception of our first event at a dusty dirt race track, we have always held our event at a paved facility, well illuminated, so people could see at night. Our event is held at a first class hotel with indoor bathrooms and air conditioned indoor events as well as outdoor stages with entertainment. We have had “oldies” Drive-In Movies for all 33 years! At most car events there is nothing to do but look at cars and vendors and then go home at 4:00 PM. Our party goes from 9 AM to Midnight, and beyond, with a smorgasboard of activities and entertainment!
The Host Hotel Venue
We hold the event at a first class Hotel with many air-conditioned indoor activities and exhibits, plus clean first class indoor restrooms.
outdoor exhibits and cars
The optimum way to enjoy LEAD EAST is to stay four or five nights at the Parsippany Hilton / Hampton Inn (two adjoining hotels) where the party happens. Outdoors, the cars and exhibits are on clean asphalt (no parking cars on dirt) with adjacent grassy areas to set up your pop-up tents, BBQ's and picnic chairs, etc. Mercury vapor lamps illuminate the car areas at night so you're never in the dark. If it should rain, there is no mud as all cars park on paved asphalt.
If you want to stay at the host hotels, the Parsippany NJ Hilton and Hampton Inn (two adjoining hotels in the center of the event), both have rooms available for the Aug. 31-Sept. 4, 2016 event! You need to book a four night stay. Call 973-267-7373, ext. 7353 between 9-5 Monday-Friday to book yours fast! OR email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will forward it to the hotel. Do not call the Hilton Hotel's 800 central booking number because their computer shows the entire hotel being blocked for that date for our group, but rooms ARE AVAILABLE. If you have difficulty reaching the Reservation line, call our office at 908 876 9100 and we'll help you.
Free Shuttle To Hotel Accross The Street
When the Hilton gets sold out, or for people who can’t stay four nights, we recommend the Hanover Marriott across the street where you can stay 2-3 nights. The Marriott will be operating a Free Shuttle bus from 9 AM to midnight to the front gate of LEAD EAST for hotel guests ONLY. The Marriott is the only hotel offering a shuttle service. There will be a portion of the Marriott parking lot designated for OLD CAR PARKING ONLY.
The Marriott takes credit card reservations. Call 973-538-8811 and be sure to mention LEAD EAST. You can book a two or three-night stay at the Marriott for various prices, or you can book a Friday or Sunday ONLY reservation for one night.
The Festival Atmosphere
LEAD EAST is not just another "run of the mill" car show where nothing happens. It's a giant 50's PARTY, a Festival of the Fifties, offering more unique events than 15 normal shows put together! People come together every year, set up their pop-up tents and BBQ's next to one another, and kick back to wallow in the good vibrations that permeate the air for this magic, nostalgic weekend. The mellow atmosphere that glows day and night over Parsippany every Labor Day Weekend is unmatched by any old car or oldies music festival anywhere!
If you dig the good old days of greased hair, tail fins, and 50's rock n' roll, have we a PARTY for your entire family! Join us to relive and revisit the best decade in history. We GUARANTEE there is no other event remotely like this. If you don’t have a great time at LEAD EAST, check your pulse to see if you are still alive!
Over the three-plus decades that LEAD EAST has existed, it has constantly evolved, offering a virtual smorgasbord of indoor and outdoor activities. From start in the morning with a Doo Wop A Cappella group singing our National Anthem over our public address system until the third 50’s movie in each night’s triple feature at our outdoor ACE DRIVE IN finishes, every day offers a long list of fun things to do for young and old alike.
late night dance party
Most car events have virtually no activities and are over by 4:00 in the afternoon so people pack up and go home, but LEAD EAST is just getting started! It rocks from 9:00 AM to Midnight, day and night, with some people still dancing in the parking lot when the sun comes up! LEAD EAST is renowned and unchallenged as THE BEST (and only) Oldies Nostalgia weekend anywhere! No other event even comes close.
We offer an indoor and outdoor, day and night lineup of non-stop activities unmatched anywhere — Sock Hops, Drive-In Movies, Cruising, Jitterbug and Swing Dancing, Doo Wop A Cappella, Prom Night, and MORE!
Food & Beverages
Great Food & Beverages
Food ranges from several restaurants and vendors inside the hotel to outdoor food vendors with a nice array of reasonably priced items. Many participants with old cars bring their own food and BBQ grilles for the parking lot. The Hilton sells alcoholic beverages and beer in the hotel.
Note: The police will not permit people riding in old cars inside the event to have an open container of alcohol! No riding around the event sitting on the roof, fenders, or trunks of cars. Everyone must be inside the car or trunk or pickup bed. Also, people allowing their underage children to sit on their lap and steer the car as they make laps around the event will be banned from the event for life!
PRICES REDUCED FOR 2016!!
(Prices include tax)
Adults - Thurs:$15
Junior - Thurs:$10
Adults - Fri-Sat-Sun: $20
Juniors - Fri-Sat-Sun: $15
"Adult" -18 and older
"Jr." - 12 to 17 yrs
"Children" - 11 & under
**Children 11 & under admitted FREE to car show when accompanied by adult. Children need a ticket for Sat & Sun night Oldies Concerts & Fri night Dance Party. Because we dropped the Admission price $10, there is no Senior Discount.
3-DAY WEEKEND WRISTBANDS
Weekend Adult Wristband: $55
Weekend Junior Wristband : $40
(Kids under 12 accompanied by Adult are FREE)
Additional Activities & More...
"Cracklefest" & Muffler Rapping
Sunday afternoon and evening we’re bringing in BRIAN BEATTIE’s restored JIM & ALLISON LEE “Great Expectations” front engined AA/FD and the ROCKY’s ROD SHOP supercharged fuel burning ’72 ”Time Bomb” Vega Funny Car to fire up their engine and “cackle” the motor. And we’re bringing back the Muffler Rapping Contest (we invented it in 1984). All in the in the "echo chamber" by Wolfman. Bring earplugs.
Reserved Parking Spaces
Unlike any other car event anywhere, we offer old car owners the option to choose and reserve their weekend parking space in advance for $50 additional. This was their idea, not ours. When you arrive there is a "Party Pass" inside a clear plastic baggie already taped down in your parking spot waiting for you. This is your space all weekend. No "Power Parking" stress.
Special Guest Larry Erickson
One of our celebrity guest will be LARRY ERICKSON, chief designer of the 2005 Mustang Design Team at Ford and designer of ZZ Top's CADZILLA.
Hopefully he will be joined by ROY BRIZIO of CA and CT rod builder DERRICK PESKO. Sat. & Sun. they will conduct several seminars on Rod & Custom Design and Building.
50's Collectibles Show
Collectible Juke Boxes
Collectibles show in Rear Ballroom and Ballroom Pre-Assembly area and expanded into Elements Ballroom: Juke boxes, vintage clothes, Elvis, Marilyn, and James Dean memorabilia, and lots of other goodies for sale!
Other Survey Feedback
We got a lot of great suggestions from our Sept. survey of 1,500 Lead East supporters. We asked, we listened, we’re lowering prices, making many improvements and adding new activities.
We’re getting more porta-potties, cleaner hotel restrooms, redesigned snow fencing along the west side of the Kraft B lot to provide a lot more grassy area for pop-up tents and BBQ’s, better Concert lineups, tables where people can sit down outdoors near the food vendors and by the Gazebo, strict enforcement of the pre-’75 car vintage rule, wristbands for B Juniors, Prom Queen Parade returns, lots of new activities like “Crackelfest”, cash prizes for Best 50‘s Dressed, and more to come!