Willington Car Show returns to Town Green

By Wally Robinson - ReminderNews
Willington - posted Wed., Oct. 12, 2011
Dan Quirk, of Ashford, and his 2005 Mustang at the Willington Car Show on Oct. 8. Photos by Wally Robinson.
Dan Quirk, of Ashford, and his 2005 Mustang at the Willington Car Show on Oct. 8. Photos by Wally Robinson.

The ninth annual Willington Car Show on Oct. 8 drew nearly 100 cars of various vintages - from Model As and Ts to late ’60s muscle cars and late-model sports cars.

Rainy and soggy conditions forced the sponsoring Connecticut Street Legends to move the event from Oct. 1. “No way it was going to happen on the first or second,” CSL President Chet Camilleri said of the unwelcoming weather. “The cars would have been up to the hubcaps in mud.”

The Willington Car Show is one of six put on by the group each year, with donations collected going to charities like a children’s hospital and a food pantry, or being split between the group and sponsoring towns to defray expenses.

Tom Loos, of Ellington, brought his 1967 Dodge Dart GT to the show. “The GT model is pretty rare,” he said, “and even though it was a rust bucket that hadn’t run in years, I still had to pay $3,000 for it six years ago.” Since then, though doing all the work himself, he’s sunk another $35,000 into it, and there’s still work to do. “Redoing the seats is next,” he said. “They’re so worn that it feels like you’re sitting on the floor.”

John Blackmore, of Willington, sympathized. “All of these cars are trouble,” he laughed. His 1958 MGA needed a new motor and transmission when he acquired it five years ago. “It still gives me trouble, but the good thing is that eventually you know the car so well you can put your finger on the problem real quick.”

Dan Quirk, of Ashford, showed off his 2005 Mustang. “I added a few goodies under the hood,” he smiled. “It’s no fun running a totally stock car.” He is a Vietnam veteran for whom the MIA issue is still vitally important. “We’ve got to remember those guys,” he said. His car’s gleaming black and white paint job is meant to honor the MIA flag.

Trophies were awarded to cars selected by the CSL and town officials; however there was no “Best in Show” award. “All of these people think their cars are best in show,” Camilleri said. “We don’t want to offend anyone.”

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