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Antique Volkswagen Participation at the "Time Machines 2010" Antique Auto Show, Guilford, CT, Sunday, 7/25/2010
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Time Machines 2010, 7/25/2010, Guilford, CTWow, talk about sun-baked, I definitely felt it after the very full day at the Guilford Fairgrounds on Sunday the 25th of July—but happy also, since it was a positively tremendous day for old car folks in our area.

I am speaking, of course, about the 32nd Annual version of the “Time Machines” antique auto show & flea market, at the Guilford Fairgrounds in Guilford, CT, organized and run by the CT Area Classic Thunderbird Club.

This year's Time Machines show certainly could not escape the continuing heatwave that plagued our area for pretty much the entire month of July. But the good news was that the rain, for the most, part did not affect the event (too much), as it had the previous two years.

As with the past two years' Time Machines events, Iwas tied up with helping our Boy Scout Troop (Troop 441 of Stony Creek, CT) with parking (mostly spectators, and some show cars) for most of the morning, but hats off to the T-Bird Club’s organizers for providing very good & logical framework in both areas, within which it was possible for us (the Scouts and Leaders) to be able to jump in and make immediate contributions to facilitating and improving the traffic flow.

Next came judging, which also went well (I judged the VW class, as I always do). Fourteen of the twenty two VWs in the class requested judging (some wrote “do not judge” on their window cards, and some just did not put out their judging sheets). Yes, you heard right--twenty two VWs participated this year--certainly among the best-ever turnouts for VWs at the Time Machines event. Once again, a major note of thanks is due to the very fine people of the Connecticut Volkswagen Association (www.ctvwa.org), of which we were a very long-time member--thanks again Jeremy, Mac, Chris, Bill, and everyone from the CVA for your always-great great support & enthusiasm!

The winners, per the judging results appeared to make sense, and also,as usual, there were at least four or five other cars in the class that deserved trophies—but since we all work within the constraints of three place winners per class at Time Machines, that’s what we ended up with.

A big part of the enjoyment of doing the judging, for me, is of course, the opportunity for interaction with many friends from within the old-VW hobby.

Here are the judging results for the Time Machines 2010 VW-only class:

1st = Mike Bonczewski's 1970 VW Beetle Sedan, Shelton, CT

2nd = Jimmy Arcucci's 1964 VW Beetle Sedan, Hamden, CT

3rd = Pete Vega's 1965 VW Beetle Sunroof Sedan, Stratford, CT

Once judging was completed and all the paperwork handed in, it was time to do my best to run around and see as much of everything as I could—and also snap away with the camera to try and record some of the scenes of the impressive muster of old cars and trucks--and also, of course to photo-document the VWs that participated, since I like to do a report liks this every year.

Time Machines 2010 VW Class special commemorative dash plaque, original size = 1 1/2" x 3" - click directly on the image to bring up a larger presentation of the TM2010 VW dash plaqueSince I was tied up so much stuff for so much of the day, I am extremely happy that "Matt the VW Kid" from Westbrook, who was there, was able to walk around and hand out the special magnetic dash plaques we had made up specially to hand out to the VW class participatnts. Matt, you were a huge help, THANKS AGAIN! The design of the dash plaque is presented in the image to the right--click directly on the image (or HERE) to bring up a larger presentation of this image. The automobile is a Karmann Ghia Convertible, from about '71 or so. The actual size of the dash plaque is 1 1/2" x 3". For those who keep track, this is only the second time we've had a Karmann Ghia on one of our Time Machines special dash plaques (the only other time was a Ghia coupe, that appeared on our 2002 VW dash plaques). Once again, as always, the good people at Rallye Productions, Inc. (www.rallyeproductions.com), of Waukesah, WI were the manufacturers of this year's plaques--they've manufactured the plaques every that we've been doing them (having started with the year 2000).

Of course it was the peoplethat, as always, helped make Time Machines 2010 such a great day. Here are justa few of the friends it was nice to see (even if only from a distance, sometimes) that day: Jack Larson, Ron Denison, Joe Malec, Audrey Fitting, John Mainetti (of Stony Creek Auto), Charlie Gunn, Didier Rocherolle, Dave Hackett, Dan McCarville, Dave Spaulding, Bob Howard, Dave Pooler, Greg Mattesen, Bill Silvestri, Chuck Pisconski, Tom Matulis, Clay & Mary Smith, Allyn DeVars, also Jeremy Clayton, Milt ("Mac") McDonald, Chris Fox, and Bill Arute (all of CT VW Association).

Through the entire day, our friends from the CT Area Classic T-Bird Club, Co-Chairmen of the event, with whom we’ve worked for so many years, Fred Klaus and Wendall Theriault, kept things under control and moving along smoothly—we can’t say enough about how impressed we are with their management skills, and the professionalism of all their volunteer helpers—their success is well-deserved!

Thanks again to the CT Area Classic Thunderbird Club for a great day of old car fun in Guilford--and to all our VW friends for making it a great day for Antique Volkswagens!

List of useful internet references:

Main Time Machines Car Show web site (seems to be contain the "latest & greatest" official info) = http://www.tbirdsofconn.org/timemach.html

What appears to be an obsolete Time Machines info page: http://www.geocities.com/tbirdsofconn/timemach.html

CT Area Classic T-Bird Club site (they are the club who organizes the overall event): http://www.tbirdsofconn.org/index.html

CT VW Association (our statewide VW enthusiast friends who always do such a great job supporting this event): http://www.ctvwa.org/

Time Machines 2008 VW Review: http://home.comcast.net/~commonsteve/TimeMachines2008/TM08VWReport.html

Time Machines 2009 VW Review: http://home.comcast.net/~commonsteve/TimeMachines2009/TM09Report.html

Time For Pictures! - Time Machines 2010 Antique VW Image Gallery

We'll start with a couple of overall-type views, and then, as we usually try to do, for the individual car photos, we will go oldest to newest...

BELOW: First, just a couple of overall-type views, to give an feel for the great old-VWs turnout at Time Machines 2010...

Time Machines 2010, 7/25/2010, Guilford, CT

Time Machines 2010, 7/25/2010, Guilford, CT

Time Machines 2010, 7/25/2010, Guilford, CT

BELOW: It looks like Mrs. Webmaster's 1954 VW Convertible was the oldest VW at Time Machines this year!

Time Machines 2010, 7/25/2010, Guilford, CT

BELOW: Displaying plenty of character, it's Joe Nevin's super-cool 1959 Sunroof Beetle Sedan from Chester, CT.

Time Machines 2010, 7/25/2010, Guilford, CT

BELOW: This super-slick '60 Sunroof Beetle Sedan was driven to Time Machines 2010 by Keith Teillor of Bristol, CT.

Time Machines 2010, 7/25/2010, Guilford, CT

BELOW: We were so pleased to see a "name from the past" of the CT VW hobby, Pete Dolph of Old Lyme, who drove his super-clean '62 Sunroof Beetle Sedan to the show.

Time Machines 2010, 7/25/2010, Guilford, CT

BELOW: Dave Casolino's yellow '63 Baja Bug is one of the nicest, most well-engineered and beautifully constructed Bajas you'll ever see; we were very pleased to see Dave return to Time Machines this year with his Orange, CT-based Bug.

Time Machines 2010, 7/25/2010, Guilford, CT

BELOW: Wow, Bill Silvestri's South Glastonbury-based 1963 Sunroof Beetle Sedan is positively awesome. This car is an amazingly low-miles, super-correct "survivor," that also happens to be in mint condition!

Time Machines 2010, 7/25/2010, Guilford, CT

BELOW: Jimmy Arcucci's superb Hamden, CT-based '64 Beetle Sedan looks better and better every time we see it--it is hard to believe that this car restoration is now somewhere in the 20-years-old range (my estimate, though I think I'm in the ballpark). Jimmy's super-standout '64 went home with a well-deserved Time Machines 2010 VW class trophy!

Time Machines 2010, 7/25/2010, Guilford, CT

BELOW: Pete Vega drove his superb semi-custom '65 Sunroof Beetle Sedan all the way from his home-base in Stratford, CT, and went home with a trophy for his efforts--thanks again Pete for displaying your magnificent Beetle!

Time Machines 2010, 7/25/2010, Guilford, CT

BELOW: This spectacular '67-based Manx-style buggy boasts numerous technical innovations, and a super-high quality grade construction. It was drivein all the way down from Torrington, CT by Dawn and Tony Zerbarini.

Time Machines 2010, 7/25/2010, Guilford, CT

BELOW: This '67 Beetle owned by Oscar Ortiz of Hartford, CT, boasts a rip-roaring turbocharged powerplant. We can only guess the number of unsuspecting victims it vanquishes thru the occasional street confrontation. We also enjoyed the unique and subtle custom wheel treatment. All in all, a very cool car!

Time Machines 2010, 7/25/2010, Guilford, CT

BELOW: Our long-time old-VW friend from New London, CT, Allyn DeVars drove his super-kool "old school" hot rod '67 Ghia to this year's Time Machines show and added some real flair to the proceedings! Great seeing you and your car, Allyn!

Time Machines 2010, 7/25/2010, Guilford, CT

BELOW: John Talaga from Woodstock, CT is a veteran of many Time Machines car shows, with his slick beige '69 Beetle Sedan, complete with a display of many VW miniatures, awards, dash plaques, and more. I think that's John himself sporting the righteous sombrero in the background of this photo.

Time Machines 2010, 7/25/2010, Guilford, CT

BELOW: We fell in love with Mike Bonczewski's super-correct beige '70 Beetle Sedan the first time we saw it, a few years ago. Mike's Shelton, CT-based Beetle has been cleaning up its share of car show awards ever since then, and Time Machines 2010 was certainly no exception! Thanks Mike for bringing your magnificent '70 out to Guilford this year!

Time Machines 2010, 7/25/2010, Guilford, CT

BELOW: CVA head man Jeremy Clayton from Tolland, CT drove this very slick light blue '70 Beetle Convertible, that is also based in his home town, to the show, as a favor for the man who is trying to sell it. Looks like a wonderful way to enjoy a summer day! Be sure to contact Jeremy care of the CT VW Association if you are interested in learning more about this for-sale '70: www.ctvwa.com (webmaster's note - We definitely do not know if the car is still for sale at the time of the contsruction of this page--all we know is that it was still for sale as of the day of the Time Machines 2010 car show).

Time Machines 2010, 7/25/2010, Guilford, CT

BELOW: Oh boy, this beige '70 Beetle Convertible from Hartford, CT, owned by Pedro Munoz, is one gorgeous machine! The Porsche 914 "2-liter" alloy wheels, and tall rear fender gravel guards, are just a few of the cool touches that make this car a top-shelf standout!

Time Machines 2010, 7/25/2010, Guilford, CT

BELOW: We sure had a lot of NICE '70 Beetles at Time Machines this year--and this one is absolutely no exception! That's the owner, Jim Mitchell, from Trumbull, CT, posing with his super-original and super-correct beige '70. We definitely appreciate your bringing your fantastic Beetle out to the show, Jim!

Time Machines 2010, 7/25/2010, Guilford, CT

BELOW: What a wonderful, correct, and original '71 Super Beetle! This beige beauty, sporting many car show award accolades, traveled to Time Machines from Quaker Hill, CT, and is owned by Charles Harris.

Time Machines 2010, 7/25/2010, Guilford, CT

BELOW: Milt McDonald's fire engine red '72 Super Beetle is one slick and showy Beetle, sporting custom wheels, roof rack with vintage luggage and picnic cooler, and much more. "Mac" is also the hard-working VP of the CT VW Association, and has been a dedicated worker and fixture on the CT VW hobby scene for many years. Mac drove his beautiful '72 all the way down from Simsbury, CT.

Time Machines 2010, 7/25/2010, Guilford, CT

BELOW: Here is another beautiful '72 Super Beetle, and is owned by a dedicated CVA-er, Bill Arute from Westbrook, CT. Unlike Mac's '72 above, Bill's is a Convertible. We're digging that funky vintage picnic cooler in the trunk, and the "Riviera" wheels really add a sporty touch to this beautiful '72 drop-top.

Time Machines 2010, 7/25/2010, Guilford, CT

BELOW: "It's A Beautiful Thing!" This magnificent white 1973 VW Type 181 "Thing," owned by Barry & Sandy Clark of Westbrook, CT is in super-nice, super-correct condition, and, headed up the row of VWs at Time Machines 2010--we couldn't think of a nicer vintage VW to represent our row!

Time Machines 2010, 7/25/2010, Guilford, CT

BELOW: This gorgeous light blue '73 Standard Bug was driven to the Time Machines event by Jose Vazquez of East Hartford, CT. Some very cool touches are evident on this beautiful Bug including wood-slat roof rack, and polished Empi 8-spoke wheels!

Time Machines 2010, 7/25/2010, Guilford, CT

BELOW: This fantastic, custom-painted & super-detailed out yellow Empi Imp (or at least Imp style) buggy came in to the show relatively late, and never had a windshield card displayed, though we noticed lettering on the left rear fender of the car that indicated it came from the stable of "Maturo Motors" of West Haven, CT. And it also sported a license plate frame that had imprinted on it the web address: wilson-maturomotors.com (http://wilson-maturomotors.com/). It is a looker indeed!

Time Machines 2010, 7/25/2010, Guilford, CT


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