Classic Car Club hosts open house

By Martha Marteney - Staff Writer
South Windsor - posted Thu., Feb. 3, 2011
Jim Williams’ 1955 Buick Century Riviera shines in all its glory. Photos by Martha Marteney.
Jim Williams’ 1955 Buick Century Riviera shines in all its glory. Photos by Martha Marteney.

SOUTH WINDSOR - The Classic Car Club of South Windsor hosted its annual open house on Jan. 29. The club started four years ago, and now has a waiting list for vehicle storage.
Bruce LeFebvre of Windsor owns the ChemStation business and the building on John Fitch Boulevard. Henry Cote of South Windsor and LeFebvre decided to fix up half of the building as a place to work on their cars and to store them. Cote now has six cars at the “toy box,” including the 1966 Jaguar he is currently restoring.
South Windsor resident Guy Mattran stores the 1993 Porsche Carrera that he owns with his brother. “This is a unique spot because you can also work on your car here,” explained Mattran. His car started out as a street vehicle, but has been modified as a race car. Mattran is looking forward to racing the Porsche at Lime Rock Speedway, located in Lakeville, Conn., in April as part of the Porsche Club of America amateur race series.
LeFebvre’s 1959 Corvette has been ranked “Top Flight” by the national Corvette club. “This is what started it all,” said LeFebvre. “It’s a close-knit group of guys who like cars.”
“I own a piece of history,” said Kent LeFebvre of Holyoke, Mass. He purchased the 1951 Mercury partially restored about six or seven years ago, and finished up the work. He and his brother Bruce drove their cars to Detroit, Mich. in the summer of 2010 for the Woodward Dream Cruise. “This car was a big hit,” he said of his Mercury, “because they’re not many left.” He enjoys going to the car cruises at Bart’s in Windsor during the summer months.
“This is a fabulous affair,” said Nancy Masters of East Windsor. Masters is a painter, specializing in old cars. “The lines of the ‘50s and ‘60s are just so sexy,” she explained.
The three full members of the Classic Car Club – LeFebvre, Cote and Mattran – hosted the open house for friends and family to have some fun and enjoy the vehicles. The band, Banish Misfortune of Northampton, Mass., entertained the guests while they were admiring the vehicles and enjoying the catered lunch. The band will next perform at Tavern Night at the Wood Memorial Library on March 18.

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