The event on June 15 was a huge success with a big crowd and one of our most unique collections of cars ever. It was a beautiful sunny day for the 175 cars and over 1,100 happy spectators that came to our hilltop campus. We were grateful to have our Grand Marshal Wayne Carini and his daughter Lindsay attend, spend time with car owners and spectators, and award a trophy in honor of Wayne’s dad, Bob Carini.

How did it go? These words came from one of our spectators: “This event was beyond phenomenal. Seeing cars from the past–some of them 100+ years old – BRILLIANTLY restored by people who just love them.”

The uniqueness of the cars can be seen in the list of trophy winners. It was very hard to choose. Judges awarded 11 trophies to vehicles at the show:

Year/Make/Model Owner’s Name/Town
1931 Milburn Lite Electric Bill Lillie, Gales Ferry, CT
1928 Packard 533 Runabout Paul Tracy, Albany, NY
1927 Chrysler Roadster John Daddio, New Britain, CT
1934 Packard Super 8 Convertible Doug Fernandez, Wethersfield, CT
1969 Mustang Mach 1 Bob Luipold, Somers, CT
1911 Packard Super 8 Convertible Mike DeAngelis, Stamford, CT
1935 Chrysler Airstream Bill Stanley, Cheshire, CT
1964 Studebaker Champ Pick-up Mike Rugens, Rocky Hill, CT
1922 Studebaker Special 6 Roadster George & Valerie Vassos, Westfield, MA
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle Bob Hawkins, Windsor, CT
1931 Cadillac V-16 Dick Shappy, Providence, RI

There were several other wonderful show highlights, including:

  • The Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club, representing the first African-American infantry regiment, established in 1866, was here.
  • We honored two significant collectors with their induction into the Hall of Honor: Lou Biondi and Malcolm Pray.
  • Media exposure included our own Facebook promotion, and we were featured in a three-minute segment on Fox 61, weekend previews on WFSB (television) and WTIC (radio), as well as a radio interview on iHeart Media.

In addition to an inflatable climbing wall and slide, a hula hoop expert, lawn games, crafts, and face painting for the children, volunteers conducted the TD Bank scavenger hunt. Inside, many people visited the Klingberg History Museum and heard stories from one of our alumni about growing up on the Klingberg campus.

The last Motorcar Series show of the season will be on Saturday, September 21, from 9am to noon.