SAAC: Browsing the F.O.R.D. Club's 2009
Annual Car Show, Saturday, June 6, 2009, Meriden, CT
(this page new as of 7/2/2009)
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A rare free block of time looked like it was presenting itself on Saturday, June 6th, and knowing what a fun time we had checking this show out for the first time in 2008--combined with the surprisingly good forecast the the weatherman was talking about for that day--we knew we had to check out the 2009 version of the F.O.R.D. Club's Car Show (listed as the "9th Annual" in their publicity materials) in Meriden, CT...
Driving my modern car, an early-morning run up to Glastonbury was first on my agenda, to go and grab a wheel adapter plate from our fellow old-VW-enthusiast friend Bill Silvestri. The plate allows for the spin-balancing of "wide 5" bolt pattern ('67 & earlier style) VW wheels. Bill had left the plate out, so I was back on the road south again toward Meriden in very short order.
Along with the all-important camera, I also had, of course, along with me, a supply of Time Machines flyers to hand out.
IMAGE AT RIGHT: Super-impressive 1965 Cobra of Ernie Fisher, sporting 521 cubic inch Ford powerplant.
The Meriden Center, where the F.O.R.D. club's show is laid out, provides both several nice grassy areas where some of the show cars are parked, plus many nice paved parking areas in their expansive parking lot. There are also many nearby tall trees, allowing for a break from the sun for those who needed it.
After running around and handing out my flyers, it was time to check the cars out at a more leisurely pace, with my camera ready to capture some images of the superb turnout of antiques, hot rods, trucks, kustoms, muscle cars--plus even a few cool "old school" hot rod imports. Along the way I was pleased to run into old friends from nearby Wallingford, Judy and Jim Dziuba, who had driven their 1930 Model A Ford sedan over to participate, and also Rob Steller from Shelton, who had his slick Packard hot rod sedan also parked in a choice spot at the end of a row--allowing his "easy up" tent to be set up on adjacent grass, providing a shady spot to relax.
Most of my shots were of an "overall" type nature (like the ABOVE and BELOW RIGHT IMAGES), though I did take a few more "individualized" type shots here and there of cars that caught my eye. I never do this with a plan--it's more or less by chance that a particular car, or the way the particular car looks at a show, that suggests closer inspection and/or photos. Anyway, there were a couple of those in there also, as you'll see from browsing the photos.
A couple of days later, our friend from the F.O.R.D. club Jack Danovich dropped us a nice e-mail, evidently after having noticed the brief blurb about what a great time we had checking out this show, that we had put on our SAAC Main Page, in the section dated 6/6/2009. Qquoting from Jack's note dated 6/9/2009:
"...Hey, just checked out one of my favorite car based web sites during lunch and saw your mention and write up of our car show last Saturday. Thanks for the kind words (and coming down) and sorry that I missed saying hello. It was indeed a spectacular day (a rarity around here this year) and we had 88 cars come through the gate plus our club cars which gave us around 100 on the grounds. Once again we had several first time attendees and a lot of nice feedback from the car owners, which always makes it fun and keeps the show fresh each year. Thanks for stopping by!... Thanks, John..."
I had written directly back to Jack after that, with a few additional comments about how much I enjoyed the show, to which he also wrote another follow up--quoting from his follow-up email also dated 6/9/2009:
"...Thanks Steve, the show is a lot of work to do (as they all are) but well worth it when everything goes smooth (and the sun shines) and people enjoy the show and have a good time... FYI the Best of Show vehicle was the red/white '63 Thunderbird hardtop which blew everyone in the club away with it's quality and incredible detail and everything (except for the paint), was done by the owner (who came down from Mystic) in his garage. Kind of like a hardtop version of Orlando's sports roadster and a beautiful piece of work... Thanks, Jack..."
I did recall seeing that '63 Thunderbird that Jack mentioned, though I failed to capture it in any detail photos--I will get back to Jack next chance I get and see if he has any shots that capture it, and/or any other important info about the event that should be included here as part of our report. But for now, we sincerely THANK Jack and all of the F.O.R.D. Club folks for producing yet another superb summertime car show. We had a great time and are already looking forward to the 2010 version!
Ok, on to the photos...
IMAGE BELOW: I'm sure you recognize that emerald green '65 Cobra in the foreground from the lead photo of this report. It provides a foreground focus for this shot, which is looking across an aisle way toward some of the cars on teh grass over at the west side of the show grounds, a rear view of which you may also recall having been also presented in the text section of this report, above. Several spectators are also visible checking out all the cool rides.
IMAGE BELOW: For another different perspective on those cars over on the west side of the grounds in the above image, here is a shot sighting down the lined-up noses of more of that same row. These are the kinds of breathtaking views that make summertime car shows like this one so special!
IMAGE BELOW: Now we've walked across the aisle separating the western end grass from the large central grassy island. There were parking spots along the western edge of the central grass, where more show cars were laid out. This is a view sighting up the row, again with that flashy green Cobra slightly visible at the right edge of the shot. That black '77 (I think) Olds Cutlass in the center of the view was a magnificent all-original car, with a neat background story that was related on a display board--we'll cover some more of those details in a subsequent shot that features the Cutlass, after we go through our "overall" shots.
IMAGE BELOW: Now moving a little further toward the east on the car show field, we are onto the central grassy lawn, where so many more beautiful old cars were arranged. I believe that "Best of Show" '63 Thunderbird is partially visible toward the center of this view.
IMAGE BELOW: Here is a better view of the '63 T-Bird, closest to the camera at the right. And that's Jack D. himself in the short pants at the left side of this image. Wonder if that's the T-Bird's owner he's talking with? Gorgeous looking car for sure!
IMAGE BELOW: One more slightly different perspective from up on the grassy center island of the car show field.
IMAGE BELOW: We are now a little further east again, now viewing some of the row of beautiful show cars arranged parking spots along the western side of the central grassy lawn area. Gotta love the view!
IMAGE BELOW: Further east on the show field, there was a large "annex" area of the paved parking lot, which had rows of cars in laid-out parking spaces on both the south and north sides. This is a view of some of the many fantastic show vehicles that were parked in the spaces along the south side of this "annex" paved parking area.
IMAGES BELOW: Here I've walked nearly all the way east to the end of the "annex" paved parking area, and am sighting back toward the west now, viewing many of the cars lined up along the north side of this parking area. In the view below I've captured many of the front ends, and in the immediately following shot, you'll see another view of many of the same cars, but from more of a rear perspective.
IMAGE BELOW: Finally now getting into a few "individual" type car shots, here is that previously mentioned '77 Olds Cutlass that for me was one of the real standouts of this show, for it's amazing originality and well-preserved condition. If you look closely, you'll see a sign the right front of trhe car that has the words "TAG SALE" at the top. It goes on to describe the circumstances under which the present owners acquired this beautiful automobile: "Date: August 25, 1998, we purchased 'Rosie' at a local tag sale. Car in all original condition and had 60,000 miles. Previous owners Rose and Paul Henry bought the car new on October 22, 1976, at the Alderman Motor Co., 65 Cook Avenue, Meriden, CT." A small photo of Rose and Paul in the car was also included on the display board. What a great story on this truly local car!
IMAGE BELOW: This is a 1930 Chevrolet Club Sedan, owned by Bob Maskell of Meriden, CT. The window card noted that this model, the "Club Sedan," was very rare and has the original top (also very rare). It is powered by a 6-cylinder engine rated at 50hp. It was further noted on the card that the colors are not original.
IMAGE BELOW: This beautiful specimen is a 1950 Chevy Deluxe, owned by Wally Anderson of Southington, CT. It is powered by a 216 cu. in. engine.
IMAGE BELOW: This very slick-looking gold '67 Camaro RS really caught our eye--it is owned by Dennis D'Angelo of Middletown, and features a 327 engine rated at 210 horsepower.
IMAGE BELOW: For a little British flavor (don't quote me, but this may have been the only British car at the entire event?!), we really liked this 1976 Triumph TR6 sports car of Tom Musanti. TR6's had big 6-cylinder engines, making them hot rods of their time. Love the color especially of this beautiful example.
IMAGE BELOW: Finally, we finish up back over on west side of the show field, with this stunning red pair of Chevy hot rods. Let's see, from my notes, it appears the car on the left is a '39 Coupe, owned by Gloria and Rich Barbello from Meriden, CT, and features a 350 Chevy engine. The car on the right, then, would be a '38 Couple, owned by Rick & Denise Petrosky of Wallingford, also sporting a 350 Chevy engine.
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