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Wednesday,
August 29, 2018


2:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Plan A Cars with Wed. night hotel reservations at Hilton/Hampton Inn pick up their Plan A 2017 credentials on entry road and check into hotels. PREMIER PARKING available for hotel guests who do not have old cars under Daiichi Building.

NOON to 6:00 PM

VIP Early 2018 hotel reservations and 2018 Old Car Registration and Plan A Car parking reservations available in Hilton Lobby for those guests staying in Hilton/Hampton Inn Hotel Wednesday night.

7:30 PM to 11:30 PM

KICKOFF PARTY in the Hotel Ballroom with D.J. LIL' JIMMY


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Thursday,
August 30, 2018


9:00 AM to 10:00 PM

Plan A’s checking into Hilton/Hampton Inn Thursday pick up their Old Car Registration at Hilton entry road. Only Plan A cars admitted to the event on Thursday. All other old cars and spectators park in Lot to be announced. Trailers and tow vehicles park in Trailer Lot.

10:00 AM to 7:00 PM

VIP Early 2018 hotel reservations, 2018 Old Car Registration and Plan A Parking Spot Reservations available for those guests checking into the Hilton and/or Hampton Inn. This is a golden opportunity to renew your existing room. PREMIER PARKING for hotel guests who do not have old cars under Daiichi Building.

NOON to 10:00 PM

DJ JERRY “The Wolfman” BURST playing Oldies outdoors.

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Tickets for Friday Night Dance Party, Saturday & Sunday Oldies Concerts, and Prom (FREE) on sale in coatroom inside revolving door.

8:00 PM 'til he quits...

WELCOME PARTY with THE GOLDEN GUP spinnin' n' grinnin' in the Ballroom.

8:00 PM

ACE DRIVE-IN MOVIES: Triple feature. DUEL (1971) An early STEVEN SPIELBERG film about an angry 18-wheeler with DENNIS WEAVER; 50’s Sci-Fi “big bug” classic THEM (1954), and SLINGSHOT, a quality 30 minute documentary by the American Hot Rod Foundation about the history of drag racing and hot rodding. Bring lawn chairs. We’ve had Drive-In movies every year for 34 years!

THEM

11:00 PM

CURFEW FOR KIDS (into hotel rooms or leave the property)


Friday,
August 31, 2018


9:00 AM to MIDNIGHT

LEAD EAST Open to the Public. Non-Plan A old cars park in Campus 6; Tow vehicles and trailers park in Trailer Lot.

9:00 AM

NEW: Hilton Golf carts pick up spectators at Bus Stops and give a free ride to ticket booths, and from Ticket booth back to parking lot. FREE: Tipping not required.

9:00 AM to 9:00 PM

50's COLLECTIBLES SHOW in Rear Ballroom and Ballroom Pre-Assembly area: Juke boxes, vintage clothes, Elvis, Marilyn, and James Dean memorabilia!

10:00 AM

Get autographs and have your photo taken with our Special Guests. NOTE: This will be he only East Coast appearance of the Voodoo Sahara.

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10:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Tickets for Friday Night Dance Party, and Saturday & Sunday Oldies Concerts on sale in Main Hallway, just inside from the revolving door. Prom Tickets (FREE but limited) here, too.

10:00 AM to MIDNIGHT

Outdoor D.J. JERRY "WOLFMAN" BURST spins platters, does requests, dedications, and announcements. Tune your radio to 88.1 FM for our low-power broadcast from his outdoor HQ tent in the Rear Hilton Lot near Hampton Inn entrance.

12:00 NOON to MIDNIGHT

50’s KARAOKE and Open Mike presented by PAT FERANTE in Hotel Lobby Atrium. Expanded seating area: Plenty of chairs for people to sit down.

3:00PM to 10:00PM

Plan B OLD CAR REGISTRATION: The B LOT (7 Campus) opening time TO BE ANNOUNCED (subject to property owner’s approval). Pre-Registered Plan B cars with reserved parking spot in Lot B Campus 7 (Kraft) and Daiichi Lot C may pick up credentials Friday afternoon at 3. GOOD NEWS this year, Diiachi C Lot does not have to wait until 5 PM like previous years. 

4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

COOLEST CRUISER CONTEST. Be a star in your car by the Outdoor Stage - while Wolfman makes comments!

5:00 PM to 10:00 PM

On-site Non-Pre Registered Plan B's: Do not come to Car Registration until 5:00 PM, then when you get your credentials park in Daiichi Lot C or any open B lot spot that does not have a Party Pass in place. 

5:00 PM throughout the Weekend

TWO HANDICAPPED PARKING LOTS: One by Old Car Registration by GAF Lot (FREE golf cart rides supplied by Hilton from here to Main Ticket Booth and back) and second located in the Campus 9 parking lot off Hilton Court, immediately adjacent to our Main Spectator Ticket Booth. We do not have permission to use these Spectator Parking Lots until 5:00 PM Friday. When you enter the property, ask the Parking Attendant to direct you to HANDICAPPED Parking Area.

8:00 PM

SOCK HOP at our Outdoor Stage with another great band from Paterson, REAL ROCK DRIVE.

8:00 PM

OUTDOOR 50’s MOVIES at the ACE DRIVE-IN THEATRE. Tonight’s triple feature: THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD (1951) with JAMES ARNESS as the monster, STEPHEN KING's musclecar-runs-amok flick CHRISTINE, and INGENUITY IN ACTION, the DRAGMASTER team from CA at the 1959 NHRA Detroit National Drags, produced by actor John Wayne's friend, Sid Davis. Bring lawn chairs.

World's biggets 1950's party

8:45 PM

Best Jr. Bobby Soxer, Jr. Greaser, and Jr. Nerd CONTESTS in Lobby Atrium

11:00 PM

CURFEW FOR KIDS (into hotel rooms or leave the property)


Saturday,
September 1, 2018


8:00 AM

Old Car Registration opens in GAF Parking Lot off Campus Drive. If you did not Pre-Register your old car as a Plan A or Plan B, get there early for best pick of parking spot! Pre-registered and on site One Day Saturday cars welcomed again!

9:00 AM

NEW: Hilton Golf carts pick up spectators at Bus stops and give a free ride to ticket booths and back. No tipping necessary.

9:00 AM to MIDNIGHT

LEAD EAST Open to the Public. 1,400+ 1974 and earlier Cars, Hot Rods, Street Rods, Rat Rods, Stock Restored Cars, vintage race cars and other Custom Cars on display in four parking lots.

9:00 AM to 9:00 PM

50's COLLECTIBLES SHOW in Rear Ballroom , Ballroom Pre-Assembly area: Juke boxes, vintage clothes, Elvis, Marilyn, and James Dean memorabilia, and lots of other goodies for sale!

9:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Drop off unwrapped toys or $ donation in area outside front door of Hotel for Military Transport Association TOYS FOR TOTS collection for the US MARINE RESERVE unit at Picatinny Arsenal. To be distributed to needy North Jersey kids for upcoming holiday season.

10:00 AM to MIDNIGHT

Outdoor D.J. JERRY "WOLFMAN" BURST spins platters, does requests, dedications, and announcements. Tune your radio to 88.1 FM for our low-power broadcast from his outdoor HQ tent in the Rear Hilton Lot near Hampton Inn entrance.

10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

All of the remaining unsold Hilton and Hampton Inn rooms for LEAD EAST 2018 will go on sale in the Hilton Lobby. You need to book a four-night stay (Thurs. through Sun.) and Credit Cards will not be accepted. A one night’s stay deposit in cash or check is required.

10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Is your old car broken? Go see the nice guys from MEADOWLANDS STREET ROD ASSOCIATION in their HOT ROD REPAIR SHOP in the Hilton Lot. They also conduct free NSRA Safety Inspections.

10:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Reserved seat tickets for Saturday & Sunday Oldies Concerts on sale in Main Hallway, just inside from the revolving door. Pick up Prom Tickets (FREE but limited) here, too.

11:00 AM

Register to compete for Saturday's two-hour DOO WOP IDOL Competition with Rob and Laura Albanese in the Lobby Atrium. Those who don’t sign up may be worked into the schedule.

11:00 AM throughout the day

A small army of clowns will provided a variety of activities for kids, with photo opportunities.

11:00 AM to NOON

Free BASIC 50's DANCING LESSONS at Outdoor Stage presented by LOU VINCI and MICHELLE LEOTTA.

11:30 AM to 12:30 PM and 2:30 PM to MIDNIGHT

50’s KARAOKE and OPEN MIKE directed by PAT & HEATHER FERANTE in the Hotel Lobby Atrium. They provide the recorded music for the KARAOKE. They are authorized to supervise the KARAOKE & OPEN MIKE event. They will flip-flop back and forth from KARAOKE to OPEN MIKE for you to get up and perform. The best part of it is the high quality performances of a big percentage of those participating! A place to sit and relax.

12:00 NOON to 2:00 PM

TWO HOUR MODEL CAR CONTEST by Outdoor Pool. Two categories: 17 and younger & 18 and older. We supply the models FREE. All models will be the same. Only the parts supplied can be used. No parts can be pre--assembled. 1/24 or 1/25 scale kits. Every year this gets bigger and better.

12:00 NOON to 5:00 PM

A LEAD EAST tradition, killer Rockabilly band, the always wicked RAZORBACKS featuring KENNY DUDA, perform on the Outdoor Stage. Dancing is encouraged, in fact it's mandatory!

12:00 NOON

SUPER STOCKERS, FACTORY EXPERIMENTALS, JUNIOR STOCKERS and self-starting vintage race cars fire up their engine all at once. No “push starts” please.

12:00 NOON

Day #1 of A Cappella Doo Wop, A TRIBUTE TO RONNIE I’s STREET CORNER SOUND. He was instrumental in bringing A cappella to LEAD EAST back in 1988 at the Meadowlands! The late Ronnie Italiano was the founder of the UNITED GROUP HARMONY ASSN. based in Clifton. Eight groups perform in the Hotel Ballroom. Fabulous five-part harmony, a vocal art form. No extra admission charge for anyone inside the event.

12:30 PM to 2:30 PM

DOO WOP IDOL in Lobby Atrium. Any amateur individual or group can sign up, get on stage, and perform one song in “IDOL” competition. Judges select one winner for $300 cash prize. Today’s winner will also perform one song on stage in Hotel Ballroom in Saturday night Oldies Concert and option to do the same Sunday night. One year, five finalists each got an opportunity to perform on stage at the Saturday night Concert.

1:00 PM (time approximate)

PIE-EATING CONTEST at Outdoor Stage during RAZORBACKS' first band break. Kids and adults welcome to compete.

2:00 PM

FREE MADISON DANCE LESSONS in the Elements Ballroom with LOU VINCI.

7:00 PM

Entertainment to be announced. Check back soon !

8:00 PM to MIDNIGHT

OUTDOOR 50's MOVIES at the ACE DRIVE-IN THEATRE: Tonight's triple feature ALFRED HITCHCOCK's The BIRDS (1963) with (whatever happened to) TIPPI HEDREN; plus juvenile delinquent laden HIGH SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL (1958) with MAMIE VAN DOREN. RUSS TAMBLYN & MICHAEL LANDON. Third feature GEORGE ORWELL’s classic 1984 (1956) with EDMOND O’BRIEN. Bring lawn chairs.

THEM

8:30 PM to MIDNIGHT

THE GOLDEN GUP and the RHYTHMHANCERS perform on Outdoor Stage. A LEAD EAST tradition - the asphalt will rock, jump, and wiggle! Absolutely one of the most rockin’ scenes at the event. Bring your lawn chairs.

World's biggets 1950's partyTHE GOLDEN GUP and the RHYTHMHANCERS

11:00 PM

CURFEW FOR KIDS (into hotel rooms or leave the property)

1:00 AM (approx.) until it ends (sunrise?)

The GOLDEN GUP's officially sanctioned late night Rhythm n' Blues PARKING LOT PARTY with his jukebox-powered, shockingly pink "JUKEBUG." No other car event on this planet has activities scheduled 'til dawn! At previous LEAD EASTs they went 'til sunrise!!


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Sunday,
September 2, 2018


8:00 AM

Old Car Registration for Sunday One-day 1974 and earlier vehicle participants and Corvettes of any vintage; ‘Vettes park in parking in lower Daiichi D Lot.

9:00 AM to MIDNIGHT

LEAD EAST Open to the Public. Tow vehicles and trailers park in Trailer parking lot. See 1,400+ 1974 and earlier Cars, Hot Rods, Street Rods, Rat Rods, Stock Restored Cars, including 200+ Corvettes of any vintage on display in four parking lots.

9:00 AM

NEW: Hilton Golf carts pick up spectators at Bus stops and give a free ride to ticket booths and back.

Corvette Sunday at Lead East
9:00 AM

NEW: CORVETTE SUNDAY with 200+ 'Vettes of any and all vintage in Daiichi D lot. ‘Vettes newer than 1974 not allowed to cruise lots A, B, and C of the event the event (for old cars only). Awards presented at 5:00 PM Sunday will be for both stock/restored and modified early vintage (1953-’62), C2 (1963’-’67), C3 (1968-’82), C4 (1984-’96), C5 (1997-’04), C6 (2005-’13) and C7 (2014-present). Each car entered will receive a voting ballot.

9:00 AM to 9:45 AM

SUNDAY CHAPEL SERVICE at the outdoor Gazebo with Event Director JIM CRAIG. Bring lawn chairs & blankets. (Rain location: Hotel Ballroom)

9:00 AM to 9:00 PM

50's COLLECTIBLES SHOW in Rear Ballroom and Ballroom Pre-Assembly area and two additional rooms: Juke boxes, vintage clothes, Elvis, Marilyn, and James Dean "stuff" for sale!

9:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Drop off unwrapped toys or $ donation in area outside front door of Hotel for Military Transport Association TOYS FOR TOTS collection for the US MARINE RESERVE unit at Picatinny Arsenal. To be distributed to needy North Jersey kids for upcoming holiday season.

10:00 AM to MIDNIGHT

Outdoor D.J. JERRY "WOLFMAN" BURST spins platters, does requests, dedications, and announcements. Tune your radio to 88.1 FM for our low-power broadcast from his outdoor HQ tent in the Rear Hilton Lot near Hampton Inn entrance.

10:30 AM to 5:30 PM

AWARD WINNING CARS ON DISPLAY near Ace Drive-In screen

11:00 AM to NOON

Free BASIC 50's DANCING LESSONS at Outdoor Stage, presented by LOU VINCI and MICHELLE LEOTA.

11:00 AM throughout the day

A small army of clowns will provided a variety of activities for kids, with photo opportunities.

11:30 AM to 12:30 PM and 2:30 PM to 10:00 PM

50’s KARAOKE and OPEN MIKE directed by PAT FERANTE in the Hotel Lobby Atrium. Pat provides the recorded music for the KARAOKE. He is authorized to supervise the KARAOKE & OPEN MIKE event. Pat will flip-flop back and forth from KARAOKE to OPEN MIKE for you to get up and perform. The best part of it is the high quality performances of a big percentage of those participating!

12:00 NOON to 5:00 PM

Rockabilly band, THE RAZORBACKS, perform on the Outdoor Stage. Another Lead East tradition - it is universally agreed that these guys are a rockin' band that always pleases the crowd!

12:00 NOON PM

Day #2 A CAPPELLA DOO WOP SHOW with three groups in Hotel Ballroom. Fabulous five-part harmony you won’t find many other places on Earth. Seats are not reserved in afternoon. Today's groups include PARTY OF 5, MAGIC TOUCH and ECHOES OF TIME.

2:00 PM

FREE MADISON DANCE LESSONS in the Elements Ballroom with LOU VINCI.

5:00 PM to 5:30 PM

AWARDS PRESENTATIONS for TOP CUSTOMS, plus Special Awards presented to the BEST STREET ROD, BEST STOCK RESTORED, BEST MUSCLE CAR, WORST RAT ROD and CORVETTES at the Outdoor Stage. Plus, drawing of $100 cash prize to those who filled out survey form at the admission gate.

6:30 PM

BACK AGAIN! PARADE OF THE PROM QUEENS Returns. Convertibles line up by Wolfman, near front door to Hampton Inn. Sit inside the car please, not up on convertible top boot.

7:00 PM to 11 PM

The 31st Annual SENIOR PROM in the Elements Ballroom, with Master of Ceremonies/D.J. LIL' JIMMY from Peabody, MA. Crowning of Prom Queen 2017. Must be properly attired: no jeans, t-shirts, shorts, or sneakers. Gals must wear dress or skirt; guys must wear jacket or suit - tie optional. Prom Tickets are limited  but FREE in Main Hallway, just inside the revolving door.

8:00 PM to MIDNIGHT

OUTDOOR 50’s MOVIES at the ACE DRIVE-IN THEATRE. Tonight's triple feature: TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (1974) starring nobody you ever heard of before or since; BLACKBOARD JUNGLE (1955) starring GLENN FORD and ANNE FRANCIS and a cast of juvenile delinquents, and QUEEN OF OUTER SPACE (1958) starring ZSA ZSA GABOR. Bring lawn chairs.

11:00 PM

CURFEW FOR KIDS (into hotel rooms or leave the property)

Event is over - have a safe ride home back to the year 2018!
See you next year!
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