Moose host third annual summer car show

By Kevin Hotary - Staff Writer
Marlborough - posted Mon., Aug. 22, 2011
A heavily-modified 1923 Ford Model T on display at the Marlborough Moose Car Show on Aug. 13. Photos by Kevin Hotary.
A heavily-modified 1923 Ford Model T on display at the Marlborough Moose Car Show on Aug. 13. Photos by Kevin Hotary.

For three straight years now, the members of Marlborough Moose Lodge 1631 have hosted a summer car show on their grounds, donating the proceeds from the registration fee and raffles to various charities. And each year, the number of cars featured in the show has increased.

“We’re growing every year. It’s getting bigger and bigger each year,” said Fred Palmer, a past president of the lodge and the car show emcee. Even better, said Palmer, is that more and more people are coming to the show to admire the cars each year as well, increasing the proceeds that the group can donate.

Last year’s show drew 86 cars, said show organizer Don Boerenko. He didn’t have a final count for this year’s Aug. 13 show, as the cars kept filing in for several hours after the 10 a.m. start, but he expected at least as many this year, if not a few more.

One of the early entrants in the show was Lloyd Gillard, who was there with his Ford GT replica.

“It’s a tribute to the original car,” Gillard said of the replica, which he built from a kit manufactured by a company in New Britain. Only 200 Ford GTs were made originally, said Gillard, so originals are hard to come by. The car, said Gillard – a software engineer - took about one and a half years to build, using ordinary tools in his garage.

“It keeps the hands dirty. I sit at a computer all day. It’s nice to get out and do something with your hands,” he said.

With a Kevlar and carbon fiber body, the car weighs in at just over 2,200 pounds, and can apply nearly 500 horsepower to the road.

“It’s not a practical car to take to the mall,” said Gillard, who drives his replica about 1,000 miles per year, mostly to area car shows.  
“You meet a lot of nice people,” said Gillard of the car shows, which he jokingly compares to going out fishing with a group of friends. “You sit here and tell lies about cars all day,” he said.  

Janet and Gene Nichols, of East Hampton, were at the show with another car that is rarely seen on the road, a 1962 Studebaker, which they have owned since 1963.

“It’s been modified extensively,” said Gene of the car, which emitted a low rumble as it pulled onto the field. “It’s a fun car. It’s a street car,” he added, although it is not one that he is willing to take out in the rain or the snow.

Rick Valeriay and Ross Siddell worked together to restore the two cars that they brought to the show, a 1930 Ford Model A Deluxe Roadster, and a 1931 Model A.

Painted the original mustard yellow, the Roadster was their first restoration.

“It looked so beautiful that we decided that we didn’t want to drive it around every day, so we got this one [the Model A],” said Valeriay. In addition, the Roadster, with only a rumble seat in back, doesn’t hold many people, so they bought the Model A and restored it as well. And now they bring both to area shows.

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