June 16 – Early Cars & Classics (Pre-1942)
The third event in our 2018 Motorcar Series was a rousing success on Saturday, June 16. It was a warm day for the hundreds of cars that came to our hilltop campus. Judges awarded twelve trophies to various vehicles.
- The Best in Show for the Concours d’Elegance was a tie between a 1932 Studebaker President owned by George Vassos and a 1932 Stutz LeBaron owned by George Holman.
- The Best in Show for the traditional car show was awarded to a 1964 Pontiac GTO owned by Sal Rossitto.
- The Bob Carini Memorial trophy was awarded to a 1903 Ford Model A owned by Tim Kelly.
- The Klingberg President’s Trophy was awarded to a 1937 Graham-Paige owned by Thomas Tkacz.
- The Autism Awareness Trophy was awarded to a 1929 Packard 645 owned by Kevin Ray.
- The Klingberg Foster Care Trophy was awarded to a 1931 Chrysler Imperial owned by Charles Hand.
- The first of five Klingberg Trophies was awarded to a 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle owned by Russell Bosse.
- The second Klingberg Trophy was awarded to a 1969 Dodge Charger owned by Al Zelanski.
- The third Klingberg Trophy was awarded to a 1934 Studebaker President Landcruiser owned by Bob Belling.
- The fourth Klingberg Trophy was awarded to a 1929 Lincoln L Series owned by Vaughn Lewis.
- The last Klingberg Trophy was awarded to a 1967 Pontiac Fitch Firebird owned by Richard Salzillo.
A focus on family fun made the event a wonderful way to celebrate Father’s Day weekend. A children’s activity area included lawn games, face painting, Imagination Playground building blocks, and more. Impromptu performances by the Dancing Duo and vintage music livened up the event, while the Barnes Museum displayed a portion of their collection of vintage hats from 1818-1973.
This event highlighted Klingberg’s Foster Care Program and partnered with Autism Families Connecticut to raise awareness of the challenges of living with autism and resources for children on the spectrum.
Our next event is on Saturday, September 22nd. We will be returning to the modern day with a Concorso of super cars. Vintage cars will still have a place at the September Event as well, with the usual cutoff date of 1979.