Yesteryear car show draws 450 cars
By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Brooklyn - posted Mon., Sep. 9, 2013
The 54th Annual Yankee Yesteryear Car Club show turned the Brooklyn Fair Grounds into a car aficionado's dreamland on Sept. 8. More than 450 cars stretched out in 25 different classes and neat rows.
Lynda Van Auken, who has been in the club for 45 years, directed a steady stream of traffic at the gate. “The restoration work required on an early car isn't going to be as detailed or difficult as it might be on a later car,” she explained. “It would be like comparing apples and oranges.”
Ed Comeau, from Plainfield, polished his wife's blue 1937 Plymouth 2-door slant-back where it was parked. It sparkled. It had taken his wife Pat four years to talk him into restoring it. After a year and a half of bending and working sheet metal into a trunk pan and a rocker panel, among many other things, he finished the car. A photo album showed how he worked on all its angles from a rotisserie.
“I started tinkering with it,” he said. “That's all it took to get me going. When I start, I can't let it go.”
Randy Long traced his love affair with cars back to his childhood. “The coolest guy in town owned a '32 Ford,” he said. Long bought a white 1956 Dodge pickup and built a wooden bed for it. A '32 Ford and a '55 Chevy are etched into the tailgate with the words, “Lost N in the 50's.” This winter he plans to restore the cab. “It's part of the family now,” he said. “Old cars are cool.”
YYCC President Todd DeMaio said more than 100 vendors were on hand to sell and swap everything from wheels and used parts to polish. “This is one of the biggest years,” he said.