Car show benefits Windsor Cadets
By Jennifer Coe - ReminderNews
Windsor - posted Wed., May. 1, 2013
Local car-lovers and passionate vehicle customizers of Dreamz II Reality Motorsports called up all area enthusiasts to support the Windsor Police Cadet program on April 20.
The “5-0” car show, which was located at the Stop & Shop plaza, gave onlookers an opportunity to look at fast and fancy cars, customized and well-cared for cars and detailed and designed cars. Despite questionable weather, precipitation held off for the teenage cadets so that their fundraising event could finally come to fruition after being cancelled in 2012.
The Windsor Police Cadet program has been in existence since 1981 and has given kids an opportunity to grow in their confidence, communication and teamwork skills. The car show was a vehicle to raise funds for the program.
“With a little help from Accu-Weather, we made it,” said one of the Dreams II Reality Motorsports organizers, Jerry Zayas. DIIR has been quite active in the local community since it began in 2005 with work on behalf of Mary’s Place, Foodshare and Autism Speaks, to name a few.
The mission of the cadets is also to be of service within the community. Captain Nick Dillon, a senior at Windsor High School has logged 1700 hours in the program. While he plans to attend college in the field of criminal justice, pursuing a career in law enforcement isn’t required for kids to be a part of the program.
“Not only does [the car show] help us raise money, it shows the community we’re out there. We just want to be successful,” said Dillon. “This program builds people’s leadership and communication skills.” Dillon feels that the car show gives the community an opportunity to learn more about the cadet program and to see local kids bettering themselves through community involvement.
While the car show was certainly an opportunity for the public to support the cadets, it was also an enticing opportunity for car-lovers to show off all the hard work they have done on their vehicles.
Angel and Janis Figueroa were showing off their beautiful Chrysler 300, decked out in black and customized to the hilt. James Carilli, 27, was displaying his huge 1985 Chevy Blazer monster truck with 44-inch tires.
Everyone with a vehicle was happy to talk about it to anyone who would listen. Chuck Arrasate has owned his 1965 Corvette since 1980. “I took it apart in 1996,” he said. “I put everything new in it.”
Arrasate has a special interest in seeing Windsor teens succeed, as he is a recently-retired shop teacher from Windsor High School. Even more so, Arrasate has a claim to local fame. He helped students build the original shad-car that drives down Broad Street every year in the Shad Derby Parade. If he wasn’t driving the “big fish car,” as he calls it, he might have the Corvette in the parade as well.
As far as showing off his car, “I go pretty much every weekend, everywhere,” he said and added that he especially appreciates Dreamz II Reality Motorsports because it’s not just “old men” with older model cars.
“We wanted to help raise money for the Windsor Cadets,” said Zayas. “We just stepped up. Every single penny after the cost of the event goes to them.”
For more information on upcoming car shows, go to: www.dreamziireality.com.
To support the work of the Windsor Police Cadets, go to: www.windsorpolicecadets.org.