Hope Service Car Show debuts on Sunday in Scituate

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It may be ironic that the iconic Hope Service Center, which is located at 1 Hope Ave in the Scituate village of Hope, will host everything from classic cars to antique autos and even street rods during Sunday’s first ever car show.

The show, which is being organized by Gary Maddocks and Tina Brodeur, formerly of Johnston Street Machines, is also a “terrific testimonial to Sam Brown” from Richard Zambarano, who has been part of the gas station/auto repair facility for upwards of 25 years.

“I wouldn’t be where I am today,” Zambarano said with emotion ringing in his voice, “if I hadn’t worked for Sam Brown through the years. He mentored me into the mechanic I am today. I watched how Sam treated the customers – parts vendors and his employees – and knew someday I would want to purchase the business.

That day, Zambarano recalled, came during 2020 when, as Zambarano noted “a year filled with so much uncertainty and pandemonium, I have to ask myself if this is the right time to buy a business?”

Nonetheless, in September of 2020, Samuel “Sam” Brown, who along with his wife Maureen, operated and owned Hope Service Center, the sale was complete and Zambarano’s “dream came true” as well as changing the name to Hope Service, Inc., where countless cars have been repaired and gallons of gasoline have been pumped through the years.

“It’s a great story about Richard becoming the popular proprietor he is today,” said Maddocks, a former Deputy Police Chief in Johnston and retired head of the Global Resource Recovery Center security force. “Add to that the purpose of Sunday’s show and it’s easy to figure out why Tina (Brodeur) and I have agreed to help organize the show.”

Zambarano, who has been part of the Hope Service fabric for three decades and counting, explained that Sunday’s show is bring the community together to support two local charities while also offering classic car aficionados yet another look at vintage vehicles through the years.

“We’re asking people to come and bring along some canned goods that we will donate to the Scituate Food Pantry,” Zambarano explained. “We also use money from the registration of cars, motorcycles and raffles for The Izzy Foundations at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence to assist families with children who are battling pediatric cancer.”

While there is no admission charge for spectators, Maddocks, Brodeur and Zambarano – as well as other committee members – said: “We will gladly and graciously accept any donation, no matter how much it may be, that will benefit the children who sadly have been stricken with cancer.”

Owners of hot rods, pro street, street rods, antique/classic cars, motorcycles and choppers who come to Sunday’s show will pay a $10 donation that will benefit the designated charity but if they bring canned goods, they will receive a $5 discount.

Show organizers have set Sunday, June 27 as the rain date and Sunday’s show will also feature music by disc jockey Johnny Nardolillo of the famous DJ Car-Guy Productions.

“Now that 2020- is behind us, Zambarano, whose son Zachary served as Class President for the Johnston High School Classic of 2019 and was active with the J-DAPA non-profit, concluded: “Hope Service is committed to its community and dedicated to giving back to local charities. We hope we will see you Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to see all the classics and help boost The Izzy Foundation.”

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