Katherine al rashdan
Classic car owners smoothed and beautified their stage-ready automobiles for the Bellport Fire Department’s second annual Classic Car Show. Competing for four show titles, including Best in Show and Best Restoration, 165 easy-to-watch motor vehicles parked from Station Road to Brown’s Road. Bellport native Marge Bosco won the Best in Show award with his mint blue 1954 Buick Super.
Even the businesses along Main Street joined in the day’s festivities, selling their wares outside on the sidewalk as spectators and judges strolled admiring the Adonis by the side of the road.
The event was sponsored by MVP Automotive, whose owner, Daniel Haynes, was one of the four judges for the event. When asked if it would be difficult to judge the show, Haynes said this about the vehicles: “Too many, and they are too gorgeous.”
Haynes explained that it takes a lot of judgment, especially when all the cars judged are unique, attractive and interesting.
“Each category has its own specific criteria. You have everything, from the performance, to the look, to the finish. It’s a bit overwhelming, ”he said.
The other three winners were: Howard McCarrow won the Best Pickup category with his 1953 Chevrolet 3100 pickup truck. The best muscle car went to Jim Blake, a resident of East Patchogue, who won with his Dodge Super. B 1969. Mike Calderone won the title of best restaurant (catering) with his vehicle, which merged a 1948 Chevy pickup with a 1957 Cadillac as the background. Calderone simply refers to its “hybrid” (pun intended) as “gargoyle”.
Dan Polner, president of the Bellport Fire Department Engine Company, called the event a perfect day. The money raised went to the benefit of the firefighters.
“It was like summer. It was beautiful. Sunny. Warm, he said.
The event also featured musical acts, including Shannon Gibbons of Bellport, who sang a rendition of the national anthem that made spectators cry, according to Polner.
Father and son duo Tom and Rob Paulsen were there to show off their 1973 Corvette Stingray.
“Everything is original,” said father Tom Paulsen.
Everything except the sleek, evergreen paint job, but, although not original for the car, he was 26 years old.
“The guy we bought it from kept it in the garage for 25 years,” said Rob Paulsen.
It’s a good way to keep a classic in good condition.