SAAC: "Open Shop" at Cardone &
Daughter Automotive, Saturday, November 5, 2011, Westbrook, CT
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A Wonderful Season Wrap-Up at Cardone & Daughter Automotive: How great it was to be able to participate in this casual, relaxed, and friendly Shoreline-area old car gathering hosted by our friends, Cardone & Daughter Automotive of Westbrook, on a positively spectacular Fall Saturday!
I am happy to have this opportunity to write about what a wonderful time that my son Matt and I had attending this event, on a beautiful warm & bright Saturday early November Saturday--and to share some photos from the day as well...
IMAGE AT RIGHT: Colorful old cars on a gorgeous early November Saturday--a wonderful gathering at Cardone & Daughter Automotive!
The previous weekend during some car moving-around we had done, we had managed to get "Luigi" the old '56 Ghia out into a more accessible spot, and since we hadn't given old Luigi much exercise since the Spring, it seemed like a very good opportunity to have him handy to be able to drive out to the Cardone & Daughter Automotive gathering (about which we had known ever since receiving their broadcast invitation back in September). We knew Luigi was eager to run, from some idling (after a nice quick fire-up) and driving around in the driveway, but the salt on the roads from that weekend's wildly unusual snowstorm (a.k.a.: "The Fall Noreaster") kept us from getting him out to really stretch his legs.
With the nice forecast leading up to the weekend, our anticipation was building for getting out the Cardone's event--it sounded like the perfect way to get in some old car fun, without any of the "pressure" associated with car shows--plus, it was a close and scenic drive, being only a couple of towns east of Stony Creek on the Shoreline.
Matt ended up coming home from UConn for that weekend also, and so he was psyched to come along with me to the Cardone's event. We had already promised my sister that we'd help her move in the afternoon (which Matt also graciously volunteered to help out with--thanks again Matt!), so we knew that we'd only be able to take in an early portion of the gathering (the entire Cardone & Daughter Open Shop Social was listed to run 10am to 2pm).
We got rolling probably around 11am or so, and decided to take the highway to get there--which I also saw as a good way to get Luigi fully "up to temperature," after not having given him any sort of proper exercise the last time he was run. We got some "thumbs up" along the way on the highway, too, which was pretty cool! Matt also learned about how 36-hp Volkswagens need to "keep their momentum up" on the highway, or else risk losing speed on even the most shallow of hills. Oh well, we wouldn't drive 'em if we didn't love 'em (idiosyncrasies and all). And we also did select the "Route 1/Scenic Route" for the drive home later on, at a much more leisurely pace...
We got to Westbrook in good time, got ourselves parked, and set out to check out the scene and say hi to lots of people we recognized--including, of course, Nancy and David Cardone, who seemed to be enjoying themselves greatly.
IMAGE AT RIGHT: A study of various classic automotive rear end designs was possible at the gathering, as evidenced by this view.
We recognized familiar vehicles of Didier Rocherolle ('50 Citroen), John Kuzminski ('90 Ford F450 mini-pumper), Audrey Fitting ('35 Ford), Bill Arute ('74 Bug), Jack Tary ('55 Chevy), and CT MG Club notable David Werblow's well-traveled MGTF roadster.
We also saw the famous '59 MGA of TV personality Kevin Hogan (which is featured on the web site of another notable Westbrook-based old car company, Rich Willard's "Vintage Motorcars").
And of course the "Trademark" two-tone '74 Super Beetle of Cardone & Daughter Automotive was parked right outside the office too!
We also enjoyed chatting with the owner of a beautiful '55 Thunderbird (sorry I don't know his name) that showed up close to the time we were planning to leave, who seemed very happy to talk about all of his amazing driving exploits with it, including various national T-Bird gatherings around the country! Our VW buddy Bill Arute was looking at the car at the same time, and it was interesting to hear Bill talk about a former Ford dealership in CT that used to be owned by his family, from right around the same time period as that T-Bird! Pretty cool!
All too soon, Matt and I had to get rolling, onto our other obligations for the day. We really had a great time, and greatly appreciated the wonderful hospitality of Nancy, David, and the entire staff of Cardone & Daughter Automotive!
More recently, I found a small post-event review posted on the Cardone & Daughter Automotive web site, which was, of course, written from their perspective--sounds like they were happy with how the day went also:
"...NOVEMBER 5TH - 'OPEN SHOP' !!!! Our final event of the season. We were open from 10 am to 2 pm. We had hot coffee, donuts, hot cider, etc. We wanted to say thank you to everyone for making this such a great year here at Cardone & Daughter Automotive. What a wonderful turnout a truly awesome display of many different cars. We even had a fine looking fire truck on display flashing lights and all. Thank you to everyone who came out on a crisp, sunny Saturday, we were so pleased to see each of you. We are certainly looking forward to next season!..."
(the above came from their Road Show News page: http://www.cardoneanddaughter.com/c-d-car-club-road-show-news/#more-101)
Old car enthusiasts on the CT Shoreline would do well to check out Cardone & Daughter Automotive for high-quality professional service and repairs to their old cars--as a satisfied repeat customer myself, I have no problem recommending them highly! And they are equally skilled with both foreign and domestic autos! Cardone & Daughter Automotive is located at 177 Boston Post Road, Westbrook, CT 06498, telephone: 860-664-0727, web site: http://www.cardoneanddaughter.com/
More views of the Cardone & Daughter Automotive Open Shop Gathering, 11/5/2011...
IMAGES BELOW: We'll start with some overall-type views first, and then follow with closer views of some of the assembled cars...
IMAGES BELOW: For this next group, we'll concentrate on some of the vehicles assembled toward the western side of the facility (Luigi the black Ghia's visible in a couple of these shots--as is John Kuzminksi's F450 mini-pumper--and Audrey Fitting's '35 Ford is visible in at least one of these shots also)...
IMAGE BELOW: And finally, we'll finish up with a few miscellaneous close views of some of the vehicles toward the front of the facility, closer to the road... You may notice bits of Didier Rocherolle's '50 Citroen, Bill Arute's '74 Bug, Jack Tary's '55 Chevy, David Werblow's MGTF, and others...
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