SAAC: The 3rd Annual East Haven Police
Union Local 1662 Car Show, Sunday, October 9th, 2011, East Haven High School, East Haven,
A Dazzling Old Car Day of Fun in the Sun at East Haven High School...
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Sunday, the 9th of October, 2011 turned out to be positively magnificent, weather-wise, and so it demanded at least an attempt to take in a local-area old car event...
A glance at the calendar revealed an East Haven Police Local 1662 benefit car show happening at East Haven High School, which was just up off of Route 80, near the North Branford border. I had been to this same location very recently in the past--in fact, I attended a car show there on Saturday, August 20th--that one was the "4th Annual East Haven Memorial Car Show," which was a fundraiser for the Gary 'The Welder' Dinello Scholarship fund--I enjoyed myself greatly at that one as well, and knew that the E.H. High School parking lot certainly looked to provide an excellent venue for a large-scale car show.
So, I knew that East Haven High School was not a bad jaunt at all from nearby Stony Creek--convenient to get to (and get back from again, given the other kid-logistics responsibilities I had to keep in mind). I opted to fly solo to this one, since all the kids were either asleep or otherwise occupied with other stuff-going-on.
The 70 Bug ran great againand was looking extra-spiffy, thanks to the stock wheels with whitewall tires set that I decided to re-install the previous afternoon. Nothing like a change of sneakers to spice up the experience!
I got there around noon or so, and even with my late arrival was still able to registerI was given registration card number 221and looking around at the amazing turnout, there was no doubt in my mind that there were fully that many cars on the fieldit was packed!
Upon turning in my filled-out registration form, I was also given a ticket for a cool commemorative t-shirt! The small logo on the front left breast area of the shirt is presented at the upper right corner of this page. Printed on the back of the shirt was the name of the event, a cool hot rod logo (see below), and a list of all the sponsors of the event--most impressive, I must say! Click directly on the shirt back's logo below (or HERE) to bring up a large rendition of the entire shirt-back imprinted design.
I ended up parked next to a really beautiful maroon '66 Chevy Corvette Roadster, that happened to be entry number 53 (showing also that early and late arrivers were not necessarily confined to park only with those who arrived at the same time). It was fun to see the stark contrast in automotive styles between the hot '66 Chevy Corvette, and the comparatively mundane '70 VW.
And that's how the entire field was--just a wonderfully varied mix of beautiful machinery on display!
From what I recall of how this event had been advertised ahead of time, there was no cut-off year for the show, so within the mix of cars, in addition to oldies, were some later-model "special interest" type cars as well, that were obviously the "pride and joys" of their owners, such as high performance Mustangs, Corvettes, and many others. It made for an interesting mix, and I'm sure also allowed the show to generate even more interest and participation. I guess you could say that "inclusive" was the operative term for this gathering.
You could also tell this was very much of an active, enthusiastic community-type event, with the PA announcer really working to keep people involved with all sorts of quizzes, inside jokes, and what-not. It was a really fun atmosphereand, as I said, the array of fantastic cars, trucks, and motorcycles too, was superb. Thankfully I had brought along my camera to this event also, since it was definitely another prime old-car photo-op!
The way the East Haven High School parking lot is laid out, it produces a kind of "amphitheater" effect, where you can always see & hear, whereever on the field you were, what was going on at the "nerve center" of the show, where the registration tables, PA announcer, and show workers were based.
Another unique and fun aspect of the show was the feact that there were no "class" demarcations--meaning that you "never knew what you'd see next" as you walked up and down the rows. I enjoyed seeing the very nice mix of cars & trucks, imports and domestics, stocks, modifieds, and hot rods a well. There was also a neat section of motorcycles displayed down near the registration table, that was also fun to check out.
I hope you enjoy the selection of images we've included on this page--hopefully giving a bit of a feel for what a fun day it was.
I would like to congratulate and thank all involved for the work that was done to organize and produce this wonderful local old car event--including, of course, East Haven Police Local 1662 (and/or here is the E.H. Police Local 1662 "Facebook" page link: http://www.facebook.com/EHPDLocal1662), and all their helpers and sponsors. All your efforts really seemed to be rewarded with magnificent weather and very healthy participant and spectator turnouts! We hope to be able to come back for the 2012 version!
More 2011 East Haven Police Local 1662 Car Show Photos...
IMAGES BELOW: Here are several "overall type" views of the event, and if we have time, perhaps we can eventually add a few more "individual subject type" images to this page. But for now, please enjoy these photos of this wonderful day in East Haven...
Specific subject notes on the photo below: In this view a really impressive array of three beautiful MGBs is shown. The black car in the foreground is an '80 owned by Kevin Fowler. Beyond that, the white one with stripes is also an '80, and is also owned by Kevin Fowler! And then the medium blue one furthest from the camera is a '76 owned by Jack Watrous.
Specific subject notes on the photo below: In this view the spectacular maroon '66 Chevy Corvette Roadster of Cliff Lee is shown, parked next to my '70 VW. From the window card, Mr. Lee's super-nice '66 Vette sports a 327 cubic inch V8 engine rated at 350 horsepower, and also features power windows, satellite radio, and Tremec 5-speed transmission.
Specific subject notes on the photo below: In the center of this view is the very imposing red '70 Plymouth Roadrunner of John Lutzen, which features a 500 cubic inch V8 engine, equipped with "6-pack" carburetion, and also a 4-speed transmission with Dana rear.
Specific subject notes on the photo below: The beautiful tan with black vinyl roof '68 Mustang notchback in the foreground of this image is owned by Joe Mastriano, Jr. It features a 289 cubic inch V8 engine, and factory A/C.
Specific subject notes on the photo below: Though my notes are incomplete, I'd be willing to bet that the impressive group of three Firebirds below are associated with the Charter Oak Birds car club (who themselves I believe have some East Haven roots), and that possibly the black one may belong to my old friend John Astarita...
Specific subject notes on the photo below: I've seen this pair of beautiful full-size Chevies at other local-area old car meets, and from notes, the '58 Biscayne on the left belongs to Mark Rogers of Branford, who is associated with the Annex Classic Cruisers car club.
Specific subject notes on the photo below: I'm pretty sure the car on the right is Will Fleming's '65 Chevelle "post car"; Will of course being the head honcho of the Blood Sweat and Gears car club.
Specific subject notes on the photo below: What an outstanding pair of Ford hot rods! On the left = Red '40 Ford Standard owned by Mike Primicerio, featuring 350 Chevy engine, air, power steering, power brakes. On the right = Orangey-red '37 Ford Tudor owned by Dick Esposito, and also featuring a 350 engine.
Individual Subjects of Interest from the 2011 East Haven Police Local 1662 Car Show... (hopefully at least reasonably identified, based upon my notes recorded from the applicable windshield cards)...
BELOW: This is Ken Barker's gorgeous 1930 Ford Modal A "Sport Coupe." It features a 40hp engine, and its nickname is reportedly "Penelope."
BELOW: This is Ken Stebbins' magnificent 1942 Packard Model 110 Convertible, in the "Minello Cream" color scheme. It features a 6-cylinder engine. The odometer reads 7233, with the owner's additional comment: "second time around." An interesting bit of background about this gorgeous Packard was noted as follows: "Car was delivered to original owner the day after the Pearl Harbor invasion." Wow--talk about a rolling piece of history!
BELOW: This is Tony Purificato's superb glossy black 1961 Chevy Impala, sporting a 283 cubic inch V8 engine, and a reported 56k original miles.
BELOW: This is Chris Massaro's green/white 1956 Mercury Monterey, sporting a 312 cubic inch V8, and a reported 38,000 original miles on the odometer. Some online research revealed some fascinating background history about this particular car--seems it won a "Best Of Show" a few weeks earlier at the "East Haven Fall Festival" Car Show that was held on the East Haven Green (Sunday, September 11th, 2011). In an East Haven Patch online review of the 2011 Fall Festival Car Show, a writer identified as John Massaro commented: "...The 1956 Mercury that won "Best of Show" actually has a long East Haven history. The car was purchased, right off the showroom floor, by his dad, for Alex Massaro who was born and raised, worked for Public Works in town, and remained a Foxon resident until his passing three years ago. His wife Marie wanting to keep the car in the family sold it to their Godson (nephew) Chris Massaro..." (reference: East Haven Patch page - http://easthaven.patch.com/articles/east-haven-fall-festival#photo-7703850) What a wonderful local history this beautiful automobile has!
BELOW: Let is not be said that several rare & unusual imports didn't show up at this event! This is Heather Archibald's 1967 Datsun 1600 ("Fairlady") roadster. It reportedly has 87,000 original miles.
BELOW: This is George Buckley's very original-looking 1969 Chevy Impala SS Convertible, sporting 327 cubic inch V8 engine, tilt wheel, hideaway headlights, and a reported 103,894 original miles. Very cool!
BELOW: This positively AWESOME specimen of 1969 Old 442 belongs to Gary Gargano, and features a 455 cubic inch V8 with Ram Air. Wow!
BELOW: Here is another amazing specimen of the those classic late '60s/early '70s GM intermediates--it is C.J. Stewart's 1970 Pontiac LeMans Sport Convertible, with a reported 74,000 original miles, and powered by a 250hp straight six engine! Under "interesting options," the owner wrote: "...One of 1200 made with straight six in USA--not Canadian..."
BELOW: We pointed this one out already in one of the overall views, but here's a nice individual shot of John Lutzen's super-impressive 1970 Plymouth Roadrunner, sporting 500 cubic inch engine, with "Six Pack" induction, a 4-speed transmission, and Dana rear end. Very Cool!
BELOW: This is a '72 "Yenko" (special very limited edition high-performance version--note the special stripes and lettering) Chevy Nova, owned by Jim DePino, and sporting a 427 cubic inch engine.
BELOW: Here's another super-original GM product that really caught our eye--it is Kathy Femia's 1974 Pontiac Firebird Formula 350. This car sports a 350 cubic inch V8 engine, and a reported 65,700 original miles. Under "Interesting Options," the owner wrote: "...Original owner, original paint, numbers matching..." NICE!
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