Loving homeowners exhibit classic automobiles on the Brooklyn occasion – Information – The Bulletin
BROOKLYN – On Sunday, Donald Moran, who lives in Dayville, lovingly wiped the whitewall tires sitting under his beloved 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Cabriolet in the middle of the Brooklyn Fairgrounds as owners of vintage cars from decades past rolled by.
Moran, one of hundreds of car owners attending the 58th annual Yankee Yesteryear Car Club Show, pulled a sepia-colored photo from his canary yellow Chevy showing him in the front seat of the same car he brought to the fairgrounds 56 years ago.
“I was 18 and my mom bought this car for $ 1,190,” he said. “In the end I tore it up and rebuilt it from 2001-09 just because I was never satisfied with just reworking the paint and chrome. Cars like this just feel better when driving. New cars are just a means of transport. “
Randy Long, the president of the auto club and resident of Plainfield, said vehicle enthusiasts from all over New England regularly head to Brooklyn each year for the show and the nearby swap. He said more than 300 cars of all makes and models and 900 spectators are expected on Sunday.
“It’s a chance for these people who love these kind of cars to come down, meet and enjoy the show,” he said. “The whole idea behind our club and this show is to keep the history of car restoration and preservation alive for the younger generation.”
Plymouths, Cameros and Pontiacs sat in the exhibition area with their hoods and engines open. 1930s cars with accordion engine covers and sleek running boards have been parked near newer models, including some old military vehicles.
Dayville-based Ed Comeau briefly wiped his 1951 maroon Mercury as the show grounds filled.
“They called this a ‘lead sled’ because the plates were filled with lead to be repaired,” he said.
After years of restoration, the car is a kind of Frankenstein creation with a Chevy frame and chassis combined with a Ford roof.
“There are a lot of different cars in there,” he said. “I enjoy the challenge of a project like this, getting everything fit and showing it.”
Comeau, who owns a auto repair shop in Plainfield, described the Brooklyn auto show as the “nicest” he goes to.
“I like the way they judge, with a point system that takes everything from upholstery and tires to age and exterior into account,” he said. “At other shows, a judge can base his decision just because he likes blue cars.”