Central CT Region AACA Antique Car Show, 6/13/2010, Glastonbury, CTSAAC: "GLASTONBURY 2010" - Checking out the Central Connecticut Region AACA's 36th Annual Antique Car Show in Glastonbury, CT, Sunday, June 13th, 2010
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Central CT Region AACA Antique Car Show, 6/13/2010, Glastonbury, CTGazing at Glastonbury Greats!

I made a mention in another recent recent feature page I had put together for the SAAC web site about the fact that I had been up to the Central Connecticut Region AACA’s big annual antique car show in Glastonbury earlier in the day, the same day as the Jaguar Club’s Middlefield Concours (the date for both being Sunday, June 13th, 2010).

At the time, back in mid-June of 2010, I was starting to get a little worried that I would not be able to get out to enough car events in order to be able to hand out all of the “mass quantities” of Time Machines 2010 flyers that Fred from the T-Bird club had given me, and so I knew that if I could get up there, the Glastonbury event would be an excellent opportunity not only to hand out TM2010 flyers, but ALSO take in a top-notch old car meet!

The Central CT Region of AACA (http://www.cenconnaaca.org/) had officially been promoting this event as their “36th Annual Antique Car Show,” and featuring a “judged show and flea market” (how many actual judged car show s in CT can you think of?—there aren’t many!). And the event was again to be held at the spacious and modern office park that is very easy to get to, right off of the highway (first exit right after you cross the Putnam Bridge on CT Route 3, on the east side of the CT River, of course); the flea market is set up directly adjacent to the car show field also. I was also able to put an SAAC business card ad in this and also the previous year (2009) Central CT Region show booklets, so I felt a little bit of additional motivation to make it out there, at least for a little while.

I got to Glastonbury around the early afternoon, so it wasn’t long before the awards were to be starting up. I was very pleased to run into our long-time old car friends Bill Silvestri and Greg Mattesen—Bill had his gorgeous black ’63 Sunroof Bug in the show, and Greg had his super-kool brown ’54 Ford Pickup also in the show (in the image immediately below, that's Greg sitting, and Bill standing, and Greg's kool '54 Ford center; the image below that features Bill's outstanding '63 VW).

Central CT Region AACA Antique Car Show, 6/13/2010, Glastonbury, CT

Central CT Region AACA Antique Car Show, 6/13/2010, Glastonbury, CT

Going through my pictures to choose some to use for this page, I also recognized a couple of superb firetrucks owned by folks who we featured in another recent SAAC web site feature page, “Checking out great Antique Firetrucks at the Mount Saint John Fall Festival, Saturday, 10/16/2010, DeepRiver, CT,” that got rolled-out on 12/28/2010 (viewable at: http://home.comcast.net/~shorelinesteve/MSJDpRvr10/Firetrucks.html); namely, there was John Kuzminski’s “Pascoag” 1971 Maxim Snorkel (below left), and the “Winslow” ’47 Ford Pumper of Judd Tierney (below right)—both machines were looking fine indeed.

Central CT Region AACA Antique Car Show, 6/13/2010, Glastonbury, CT Central CT Region AACA Antique Car Show, 6/13/2010, Glastonbury, CT

I also recognized a couple of outstanding Shoreline-based vintage Mopars, including the 1958 Dodge Custom Royal Lancer of Phil Borgia (background), and the 1961 Chrysler Newport Wagon of John Cote (foreground).

Central CT Region AACA Antique Car Show, 6/13/2010, Glastonbury, CT

Another vehicle that caught my eye (and my camera's lens) was the fantastic black 1969 Plymouth Barracuda of Joe Amenta. I have seen & admired this car at many local CT-area car shows over the years and even though I have never met the owner, I was able to do some online research and find out a few interesting facts about it. From a "Granby News" feature that was published in April of 2010 it was learned that this particular '69 'Cuda is a "Formula S" 2-door Sports Fastback model with Deluxe Decor interior and Super Commando 383 engine, rated at 330hp. The transmission is a 3-speed torqueflite. And would you believe that Mr. Amenta is also the original owner! Testifying to its rarity, there were reportedly only 272 Fastback 383 Automatic Barracudas produced! Joe drives this fantastic Mopar to many shows in and around our area, and the next time you see it, I would urge you to spend some time checking it out!

Central CT Region AACA Antique Car Show, 6/13/2010, Glastonbury, CT

Beyond the above-listed particular vehicles, I don’t have too much more detailed subject info to go along with the images featured below on this page, but I hope you enjoy viewing them, and that perhaps they help to convey what a wonderful gathering of classy old cars and trucks that took place that day in Glastonbury!

Central CT Region AACA Antique Car Show, 6/13/2010, Glastonbury, CTTo further “flesh out” the nature of this event, I also took some time to browse the Central CT Region’s web site, and found this descriptive paragraph specifically about the Annual Car Show, which I am happy to include here:

“…Our big event each year is our car show, which is generally held in June. We usually get approximately 300 show cars, trucks, motorcycles and fire engines, plus parts and food vendors. Our show is popular in that is a judged show, with three trophies in each of 22 classes. Our members are the judges and we hold a judging clinic before the meet and new members are generally assigned to judge with experienced members on the day of the show. After the show, we have a pizza party. The car show nets us money to hold future shows, fund some of our other events and allows us to make donations to various non-profit organizations. Some of the groups that we have contributed to in the past (voted on by the membership) include: AACA Library, American School for the Deaf, Children’s Home of Cromwell, Glastonbury Police Dept.-DARE Program, Glastonbury Police Explorers, MADD, Salvation Army, Shriner’s Children Burn Hospital, UCONN Children’s Fund, Klingberg Family Centers, and the Jimmy Fund. We try to donate a portion of our funds locally…”

Our hats are off to the good people of the Central Connecticut Region AACA for working hard to organize and run this outstanding and very long-running old car meet, which benefits so many very worthy causes!

From a browse of the Central CT Region’s online-viewable January 2011 newsletter, “The Distributor” (http://cenconnaaca.org/Distributor/2011%20Jan%20Distributor.pdf), it appears that their 37th Annual Antique Auto Show & Flea Market will be taking place on Sunday, June 12, 2011, so mark that one down—and I’ll also be adding it to our Calendar next chance I get…

More Central CT Region AACA 36th Annual Antique Auto Show 2010 Images...

IMAGES BELOW: Upon entering the Central CT Region's Antique Auto Show as spectator, one walks down a long driveway off of the main road (spectator parking is in another office complex parking area across the main road from the car show location) toward the show field, and along the edge of thast driveway Central CT Region member vehicles are displayed (but are not part of the judged car show). The two images immediately below I believe feature all Region member vehicles...

Central CT Region AACA Antique Car Show, 6/13/2010, Glastonbury, CT

Central CT Region AACA Antique Car Show, 6/13/2010, Glastonbury, CT

IMAGES BELOW: And now on to more views of cars in the main (judged) portion of the Central CT Region's 2010 Antique Auto Show...

Central CT Region AACA Antique Car Show, 6/13/2010, Glastonbury, CT

Central CT Region AACA Antique Car Show, 6/13/2010, Glastonbury, CT

IMAGES BELOW: There were a few outstanding imports mixed in here and there, within this wonderful gathering of antique automobiles and trucks. The image immediately below features a superb Volvo P1800 sports car (foreground) next to a Triumph and an MG... In the image below that, I have a special appreciation for the clean Savannah Beige '69 VW Beetle Sedan (same color as my former '68 Beetle) featuring "Euro" amber-top tail light lenses, that is sitting next to a very rare bird: an AMC Hurst SC/Rambler from the late '60s (was '69 the only year for these?), in its patriotic red, white & blue color scheme...

Central CT Region AACA Antique Car Show, 6/13/2010, Glastonbury, CT

Central CT Region AACA Antique Car Show, 6/13/2010, Glastonbury, CT

IMAGE BELOW: ...And a few hot-rodder-type vehicles too, along the way, such as this radical V-8 powered Chevy Vega from the early/mid '70s. I can see this this one was the "notchback" body style (non-hatchback, in other words). Vega was GM's competitor to the Ford Pinto and the AMC Gremlin, in what was then called the "subcompact" class. Very few Vegas survive to this day. I can imagine what kind of performance one may get from stuffing a V-8 engine into this lightweight automobile--yow!

Central CT Region AACA Antique Car Show, 6/13/2010, Glastonbury, CT

IMAGES BELOW: Soon it was awards time, and lines of award-winning autombiles began lining up, to be able to drive up to the main tent to accept their well-deserved trophies, with narration over the PA system, allowing spectators to identify the car makes & models, and also the car owners' names.

Central CT Region AACA Antique Car Show, 6/13/2010, Glastonbury, CT

Central CT Region AACA Antique Car Show, 6/13/2010, Glastonbury, CT

IMAGE BELOW: All-too-soon, the beautiful antique autos fired up their engines and began to drive off in their separate ways. Here is one more look back at a super-clean basic black Ford as it was about to make the left turn out of the show field, to proceed down the long driveway toward the main road...

Central CT Region AACA Antique Car Show, 6/13/2010, Glastonbury, CT

Hope you 've enjoyed our look back at the Central CT Region's 36th Annual Antique Auto Show! See you back there in '11!


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