Classic Cars Evoke Fond Memories
Car fans gather to admire the designs of a bygone era and remember when...
Ford and General Motors once made cars that came in bold "two tones" such as white and orange, and turquoise and white. On Saturday, August 13, residents and visitors enjoyed viewing over a dozen of these classics on display at Country Club Heights.
The 2nd Annual Classic Car Show was coordinated by Brightview staff member Charlie Vasquez and Program Director Cindy Elsmore.
"We do this for the love of it," said Vazquez. "People liked the event last year. The owners do it for the pleasure they take in sharing the vintage vehicles with fellow collectors and other car lovers."
Listening to the people in attendance made the allure of these cars clear. Resident Nancy Watkins lingered near a 1930 Model A Ford.
"Oh, this brings me back," said Watkins. "My grandmother had a car like this when I was growing up in Tennesse. As a young girl my friends and I liked having the rumble seat. When we went out with our families with a boy who dropped by to call on us it gave us an excuse to sit close," she smiled.
"It's wonderful to see this car again," Watkins continued. "I dream about the old cars and the fun we had in them. This brings those memories back to me."
Owner Lenny Malone from Billerica also spoke of the way an old car could hold memories and a little magic.
"This is a 1965 Pontiac GTO," explained Malone. "I'm the car's second owner. Keeping a car like this can be more than a hobby. I relive my youth with it. It was my first car and I fell in love with it."
Tom White, owner of a 1955 Chevy Belair convertible agreed.
"I've had this car fifteen years," White said. "Old cars are such a lost art and hold so much of our country's history. I've collected eight of them. It never grows old. My kids grew up in cars like this one and I'm passing the hobby on."
Those who came voted, awarding a trophy to the owner for the best liked car.
Some confided that they voted for the 1950 Chevrolet Belair Delux hard top with the white wall tires owned by Bob Frissore of Lexington who has put 90,000 miles on the car since buying it in 1985.
"This was GM's first shot at grafting steel tops onto the older convertible models," said Frissore who displayed the pale green car with a car hop tray holding a cheese burger and a Coke attached to the driver's door.
The gleaming accessories included fog lights, a rear bumper and a sleek hood ornament. Toys left in the plush back seat gave the suggestion that children played while driving with their parents and would be back.
Another car that attracted its share of attention belonged to former Woburn resident Michael Seminatore. He turned his 1930 Ford with its see-through Lexan hood, original cab and chassie complete with running board and rumble seat into a purple "street rod."
"I drive it to Florida every year putting 20,000 miles on it annually," he estimated. He equipped the rebuilt auto with a V-6 engine, air conditioning, a 3-D LED screen TV, a GPS system and a sound system with a ten speaker capacity.
On the outer surface of the rumble seat he painted a scene of the old Reading outdoor drive-in the Starlite. It depicts Hollywood icon James Dean in the 50's movie "Rebel Without a Cause."
The winner of the friendly competition was the orange and white 1955 Chevy owned by Tom White.
Greg Gaudet of the company Those Golden Oldies played music from the 50s and 60s with a particular emphasis on songs about cars.
"Classic music goes with classic cars. The things we love never die," said Gaudet. "I DJ at events like this one all the time."