SAAC: Checking Out The
Connecticut Seaport Car Club's Boothe Memorial Park Antique &
Classic Car Show, Sunday, May 16th, 2010, Stratford, CT
(this page new as of 9/28/2010)
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The early part of the summer this year found me tied up with lots of non-old-car-related responsibilities, though, with my (then) fresh supply of Time Machines 2010 flyers (ref: http://www.tbirdsofconn.org/timemach.html) to hand out, I tried my best to get out to a few events here and there, as I was able, to distribute the flyers, and also do a bit of browsing and picture-taking along the way. The particular weekend of the Boothe Park show in Stratford, CT, I had also managed to sneak out to Wallingford, CT, the previous evening, to take in the Saturday Night Cruizers' superb cruise night at the Duchess Restaurant. Though I drove the '60 Bug to the Saturday Wallingford event & participated with it, on Sunday, I was on a tight schedule, which necessitated speeding around the state in my modern car, so for Stratford, I was strictly in "spectator mode."
Upon arrival in Stratford, driving up Main Street Putney (super-easy to get to, by the way, just off the Merritt Parkway, Exit #53, and CT Route 110) toward the Park, I quickly realized this was one seriously big-time extravaganza-much more than just a car show. I got there about 1 in the afternoon, and the place was positively swarming with cars and people--wow! Though I concentrated on the old car show, which was set up in the big open field adjacent to the road, at the northwest corner of Boothe Park, I could see there was a lot of other stuff going on, including musical entertainment, tours of the many historic buildings on the grounds, and much more.
As I walked around passing out Time Machines 2010 flyers, I also took several photos-mostly "overall"-type views--several of which are featured on this page.
In addition to the impressive turnout of beautiful antique autos, the background of a couple of the photos have visible some particular structures of note on the Boothe Memorial Park grounds adjacent to the show field, including the Boothe Memorial Railway Society's building (that looks like an actual train station, ref: http://boothememorialpark.org/images/pics-history15.jpg), and the Boothe Memorial Astronomical Society's observatory building (ref: http://boothememorialpark.org/images/pics-history14.jpg).
Although there was a superb turnout of many incredibly beautiful antique autos, one very special one that appears in one of the photos, that I took some extra time to ogle was a positively awesome 1928 Rolls Royce Phantom 1 "Piccadilly Roadster" (wording from the window card), owned by Manny Dragone of Stratford (who I think is associated with Dragone Classic Car Restorations located in nearby Bridgeport, CT, ref: http://www.dragoneclassic.com/); the body color was an eye-catching royal blue, with black side panels, black top, and black wheels (with bright trim rings).
All too soon I had to be heading back to my car, and on to my next (non-car-related) appointment, but, boy, was I happy that I was able to make it out to this very wonderful gathering of old cars, in such a beautiful and interesting spot!
Useful related internet links:
CT Seaport Car Club - http://www.ctseaportcarclub.com/ - plus two pages'-worth of photos from this event, also at the CT Seaport Club's web site - http://www.ctseaportcarclub.com/02010Shows/2010BootheMemorialPark/Boothe1.htm and http://www.ctseaportcarclub.com/02010Shows/2010BootheMemorialPark2/Boothe1.htm
Boothe Memorial Park (general park info) - http://boothememorialpark.org/
Boothe Memorial Railway Society - http://boothemrs.tripod.com/
Boothe Memorial Astronomical Society - http://www.bmas.org/index.html
Feedback from the Organizers:
And finally, for some post-event follow-up, here is a very nice e-mail note, dated 9/19/2010 received from Mark Milosky (email@example.com) of the CT Seaport Car Club, in response to a note that I had snail mailed to the main CT Seaport Car Club address. Here are excerpts from Mark's note:
"...Hi Steve: You do a top notch job on your web site... I visit...often. I also spend countless hours at car shows taking photos & building our web site http://www.ctseaportcarclub.com .
I also find it amazing that you and I have been at many of the same shows and have never met in person. Now I know to look out for your vintage VW but have not seen it lately. I am the guy with the '59 & '58 Edsels, and Bob in our club has the '60 Edsel...
The Boothe show had a few nice articles written up in local newspapers... You can find them here: http://www.ctseaportcarclub.com/news.htm...
We really did not keep track of who won the trophies (this year).
A better, bigger show is being planned for 2011 on May 15th at Boothe Memorial Park. I can get press releases to you before the show if you want.
I know you have a thankless job so I just want to say a big thank you for all that you do... Feel free to check out our upcoming shows calendar (http://www.ctseaportcarclub.com/carshows.htm) anytime and take the info for your show calendar.
Thanks so much & warm regards, Mark Milosky, President, CT Seaport Car Club..."
Thanks Mark--really appreciate your nice words, and my hat is definitely off to you and your fellow CT Seaport Car Club workers who make all sorts of good things happen in our local-area old car hobby world!
Readers wishing to find out more about a very active and positive-spirited antique auto club in the Connecticut Shoreline area should check out the CT Seaport Car Club's official web site at: http://www.ctseaportcarclub.com/
Boothe Park 2010 Car Show Photo Gallery:
IMAGE BELOW: At the entrance to Boothe Park, a radical rat rod (right foreground) stood guard, and a vintage MG sports car was seen making its way back out toward the road (left background) as this picture was taken.
IMAGE BELOW: Not too many individual car images that I took--mostly overviews, so not too many of them will have individual captions. This first one below, however, features "Edsel Bob's" (Mark's fellow Edsel owner from the CT Seaport Car Club) beautiful '60 Edsel in the foreground--and in the background you can see the "train station-like" structure that is the home base of the Boothe Memorial Railway Society.
IMAGES BELOW: More general overviews of the fantastic turnout of beautiful old cars at Boothe Park 2010...
IMAGES BELOW: The automobile at the left and foreground, respectively, in these image is the amazing 1928 Rolls Royce Phantom 1 "Picadilly Roadster" of Manny Dragone, that was mentioned in the text.
IMAGES BELOW: And we'll finish up with several more overviews of this spectacular gathering of old cars assembled on a beautiful day on the rolling lawns of scenic and historic Boothe Memorial Park (note the Boothe Memorial Astronomical Society's observatory building in the left background of the first image below)...
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