Kevin Meehan is the dealer principal of Imperial Ford in Mendon, Massachusetts, and when you go to his dealership it quickly becomes about more than just buying a Ford. It’s a destination spot, thanks to the vast collection of music memorabilia Kevin has on display! But you also discover he likes to combine autos with having a good time, and a key way he does this is by putting on the wildly popular annual Imperial car show. In fact, he says that in 2012 brought out about 35,000 people came out to see the nearly 3,000 show cars, as well as the bands, fireworks show and much more that appeals to the kids and the grown-up kid in the rest of us. And Kevin gave the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts an opportunity to be on hand to sell T-shirts to support their programs.
That’s something else you learn about Kevin – not only does he have a sharp business sense and a passion for music memorabilia, but he’s also all about taking care of the community. “I think that anyone who’s successful in a community owes it to themselves and to that community to give back. That’s what it’s about – doing the most and being the best that you can be,” Kevin explained. For example, he’s a board member of the Milford Regional Medical Center, and has hosted a Roaring ‘20s theme party that raised more than $500,000 for cancer research. When the City of Mindin didn’t have the funds available to build a new police station, Kevin put together a committee that through donations and volunteer efforts have been able to take the steps needed to get the station built. And that’s in addition to money Kevin himself contributed to the cause.
There are some who may know Kevin the Ford dealer or Kevin the car show guy. But many surely know Kevin the Christmas display guy for what happens on his farm every Christmas – countless lights and 1,200 animated figures, among the festive offerings. The cars waiting to go through his property each night may enter for free, but the Milford Salvation Army accepts donations and has been able to raise a significant amount of money through the annual event, which has made national headlines and brings in more than 2,000 cars each night during the three weeks before Christmas.
And if there’s anything that could possibly shine brighter than Kevin’s farm during the holidays, it would be Kevin himself every day of the year.