I distinctly remember a particular chat I had with Jack Neshe, ADESA Boston’s general manager, back in 2001. He was discussing his love of motorcycles. I was sharing my passion for classic cars. During that conversation, we decided to combine our two hobbies and create an event at ADESA Boston designed to showcase amazing vehicles while supporting great causes.

We really didn’t know what to expect that first year. Looking back, we probably had about 150 motorcycles and classic cars participate. We also raised around $10,000 for charity. At the end of the day, it looked like our little idea could really work.

Tom Caruso, President and CEO of ADESA, and Jack Neshe, General Manager of ADESA Boston, at the 2002 ADESA Boston Classic Car and Motorcycle Run

Twelve years later, our small event concept has grown into a celebration that unites an entire community. The ADESA Boston Classic Car and Motorcycle Run now boasts more than 200 motorcycles and 100 vintage vehicles in its 30-mile police escorted “run” through several Massachusetts towns—including Framingham, Weston, Waltham and Newton.

Our great employees from ADESA Boston and nearby ADESA Concord continue to volunteer their time. We also receive incredible support from local law enforcement and the surrounding towns and cities. Without their help, this event wouldn’t be possible.

More importantly, the event has helped us raise nearly $450,000 to support a variety of children’s charities such as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Boston Children’s Hospital, Northern New England Down Syndrome Congress, and this year, Autism Speaks. All of the proceeds raised benefit the charity. We were careful to plan this event so no expenses were taken out of the proceeds.

This year’s run proves to be fun for the whole family. It features live music, award-winning cuisine, a live auction of sports memorabilia, raffles and much more. It will be held at ADESA Boston, 63 Western Avenue, Framingham, Mass., on Sunday, September 16, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Cost is $7 per person at the door; children 12 and under are free. Registration for cars and motorcycles is $25 per vehicle. Check-in time is 9 a.m., and the run begins at 11 a.m.

If you’re in the area, I hope you’ll join us! To learn more, contact Glenda Ivey at ADESA Boston at 508-626-5401.