(Words and Photos by Joe Grippo)
This not a sponsored blog entry, though it may seem like a commercial.
I recently attended the 2022 Camaro Nationals as you have been seeing on BangShift. There has been some interest in the venue where that show was held, the Classic Auto Mall in Morgantown Pennsylvania. Here is some history on the former shopping mall turned collectible vehicle consignment store and museum. The building opened in 1985 as a clothing outlet mall and eventually evolved into a furniture outlet in the early 1990’s, ultimately closing in 2011. Soon after the current owners started the Classic Auto Mall offering car and truck enthusiasts a unique shopping experience both in person and on-line via their extensive website. If this wasn’t a perfect facility for car clubs and car meets already, there is a Holiday Inn attached directly to the mall with a restaurant, pool and its own entrance way into the thousands of cars being offered for sale.
Located in Morgantown, Pa it sits about 48 miles from Philadelphia, about 9 miles from Maple Grove Raceway and fortunately for me, about 6 miles from Giant Grippo Racing Headquarters. We stop in often as the inventory is always changing.
Some stats on this unique joint are:
336,000 square ft. climate-controlled building
8 acres under one roof
Showroom space for 1000 plus vehicles
The owner has a 400+ Barn Find Collection on display
A total of a 40-acre property with 1500 of frontage along the heavily traveled Pennsylvania Turnpike
28 acres paved, lined, and lighted parking lot with room for another few thousand cars, plus loads of grass space for additional cars
After the Camaro show I took a quick walk through the aisle and stores to get a taste of what was currently available for purchase. As usual the choices and variety did not disappoint. The ex-C/Modified Production Chevelle still wearing its custom paint and lettering stopped me in my tracks and took right back to the 1980’s at Englishtown, NJ at Raceway Park. Period perfect survivor. Not one but two little Pro Street Anglia Panel Trucks are up for grabs, one finished and the other waiting for your interpretation. Dig into the gallery for the more BangShifty offerings.