2011" - Participating
in the Central Connecticut Region AACA's 37th Annual Antique Car
Show in Glastonbury, CT, Sunday, June 26th, 2011
(this page new as of 7/7/2011)
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What a positively wonderful time I had participating in the Central CT Region AACAs annual Antique Auto Show on Sunday, June 26th, 2011, up in Glastonbury, CT!
The 26th of June was the event's rain date, actuallyit was originally scheduled for 6/12, which had been rainy, and I believe that the club had not wanted to run the rain date on the immediately following Sunday, June 19th, since that was Father's Day (and we would not have been able to do Glastonbury on Father's Day either, since we were committed to be up at the Harwinton VW show). So, for us, June 26th worked out more than fine.
The weather for the 26th was looking superb, and I had a relatively open-looking schedule for that morning, so I planned to drive an old car up and participate this time (having attended a few Glastonbury shows previously as a spectator, including the 2010 version of this same event).
I got an early start out from home base, driving "Doug the '60 Bug." I took a mix of secondary roads (Routes 22 and 17 up thru Northford and then over to East Center Street in Wallingford) and highway (Route 91 north) to get to the Glastonbury show site--eventually crossing the Connecticut River on the Route 3 exit and over the Putnam Bridge--from which the show location in a beautiful office park on Glastonbury Boulevard is very easily reached, directly off of the exit ramp on the other side of the river.
Friendly Central CT Region show staffers got me efficiently registered, and then directed where to park--from there it was time to enjoy! Where to start?! How about browsing some neat stuff for sale over in the flea market area, directly adjacent to the show field--I had some fun scoping out various goodies there and chatting with the friendly folks selling them. Then it was back over to show field to start checking out the rapidly-filling classes of all sorts of old cars, trucks, and motorcycles--and take some pictures along the way of course, also...
As I always end up saying, along with admiring all the wonderful vehicles on display, it was a real pleasure running into great friends there at the Glastonbury event...
...Friends like Bill Silvestri from right in town (who had driven his beautiful 62 Bug Convertibleand who helped me distribute numerous Time Machines 2011 flyers at the showthanks again Bill!)...
...and John Kuzminski who came all the way up from Killingworth in his very impressive 1990 Ford F450 Fast Attack Mini-pumper with New York markings (I had never met John in person before, so it was a real pleasure finally putting a face with the nameand the vehicles!), parked with other members of his East of the River Classics antique fire apparatus collectors organization (part of SPAAMFAA, ref: http://www.spaamfaa.org/).
I also had thegreat pleasure of meeting one of the hard-working driving forces behind the Central CT Region, Steve MacKinnon from Avon, with whom Ive had pleasant e-mail contact over the past several years (Steve was without his 39 Packard that day, though, due to a carburetor problemreportedly since solvedyay!), and also Steves father Bruce.
And last but not least, it was a great pleasure also to be able to meet well-known old-car collector & personality Wayne Carini from F40 Motorsports in Portland (http://www.f40.com/),who had driven a positively spectacular 1956 VW Karmann Ghia to the event!
Later that same morning, I drove down to East Haven, and was able to get in some participation (& TM2011 flyer-distributing) at the wonderful Our Lady of Pompeii Knights of Columbus car show (which we will plan to highlight on its own separate feature page eventually).
What a great day!
My 60 VW Sunroof Bug ran very well all through the weekend, by the way (up to Glastonbury, back down to East Haven, and beyond), probably aided by the new wires and new battery that I installed (the wires were at Greg Mattesens excellent suggestion, due to some hard wet-conditions starting that I had been experiencing). I continued daily commuting with Doug the 60 Bug all the following week, too, and enjoyed myself immensely!
IMAGE BELOW: The people in between the two vintage VWs below are, left to right: Bill Silvestri, Bruce MacKinnon, and Steve MacKinnon. The cars are Bill Silvestri's gray '62 Convertible to the left, and the Webmaster's light green '60 Sunroof Sedan to the right.
In my spare time during the week or so following the Glastonbury 2011 event, I had been going through many of the pictures I took there (mostly overall-type views), for inclusion on this page. I also did some research at the Central CT Region AACA's official web site to find out what they write about their annual car show in their own published materials. The following comes directly from from their web site info page - http://www.cenconnaaca.org/:
"...Car Show 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 donation 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, Childrens Home of Cromwell, Glastonbury Police Dept.-DARE Program, Glastonbury Police Explorers, MADD, Salvation Army, Shriners Children Burn Hospital, UCONN Childrens Fund, Klingberg Family Centers, and the Jimmy Fund. We try to donate a portion of our funds locally..."
We definitely admire how the Central CT Region AAACA organizes and runs its show (including the fact that the awards are critically judged), and absolutely also all the extremely worthy charitable organizations to which they donate funds.
Before we get into the "general" type photo-coverage of the cars at the event, let's look at a couple more images featuring more of the people who "made our day" at the Central CT Region AACA's 2011 Glastonbury show...
IMAGES BELOW: In the first shot, it's Wayne Carini of F40 Motorsports left, and Bill Silvestri right--posing by the VWs again. In the second shot, Bill Silvestri poses with the spectacular 1956 VW Karmann Ghia coupe that was driven to the evnt by Mr. Carini.
IMAGE BELOW: John Kuzminski posing with this fantastic 1990 Ford Mini-Pumper. John provided us with some approved-for-publication background info about this vehicle: "...The truck in a '90 Ford F450, fast attack, mini pumper. Stationed in New York. It carries 250 gals of water and 30 gals foam. Everything still works like new... The little trucks are very handy for getting through N.Y traffic, tight places like parking lots and parking garages, where the big trucks can't go... It has a 460 gas engine. 5-speed transmission, 11,000 miles..." We appreciate John's gracious assistance with our request for info about this vehicle, and also admire all the work that he does in the world of antique fire apparatus, spending so much of his time and resources providing fun & educational displays of these vehicles for young and old. Additionally, this was our first time meeting Mr. Kuzminski in person, and it was a great pleasure to finally be able to do so!
More Central CT Region AACA 37th Annual Antique Auto Show 2011 Images...
IMAGES BELOW: Let's start with a bunch of overall views that we captured from various points on the show field...
IMAGES BELOW: Some views, a bit more "concentrated" on various areas of the show field...
IMAGES BELOW: Narrowing it down a bit more, here are a few even more specialized groups... Note: The red MGB-GT in the foreground of the image immediately below is Steve Holtz' '66, which has been prominently featured recently in Hemmings Sports & Exotic Car magazine, the cover subject, in fact, of the June 2011 issue!
IMAGES BELOW: Even narrower focus groups... Note relating to the first image immediately below--when's the last time you saw three LaSalles in a row?!
IMAGES BELOW: Just a couple of standout individual subjects that caught our eye... First, I loved this 1966 Ford Falcon Ranchero, owned by Durwood Winchell! And second, this1964 Honda CB-160 motorcycle owned by Paul McCollam positively gleamed!
IMAGE BELOW: Had to include one more view of that slick '56 Ghia from F40...
IMAGE BELOW: And finally, the first group you saw driving in, and the last group you saw driving out--the lineup of antique cars belonging to Central CT Region AACA members. Good show!
We hope to be back again next year for "GLASTONBURY 2012!"
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