Suffield Historical Society hosts annual auto show

By Lisa Stone - ReminderNews
Suffield - posted Wed., Sep. 18, 2013
Auto show organizer Bob Sullivan stands by his 1938 Chevy Master Deluxe, two-door sedan. Photos by Lisa Stone.
Auto show organizer Bob Sullivan stands by his 1938 Chevy Master Deluxe, two-door sedan. Photos by Lisa Stone.

The Suffield Historical Society hosted its annual auto show at the King House Museum on Sept. 8, in conjunction with the Suffield on the Green festivities.

Bob Sullivan and Bill Gozzo co-organized the show.  “We do this annually,” said Sullivan. “This is our seventh year. We are having the show during the last day of the Suffield on the Green. We thought that people would be more apt to attend if the festival was going on at the same time. We also have the King House Museum open for the people to do a walk-through. We also have the barn open for spectators to see all the old carriages and farm equipment.”

“We had John Wells Loomis’s Cigar Company’s carriage restored,” said Gary Mandirola, treasurer for the Suffield Historical Society. “The restoration took almost a year. It was well worth it. The carriage was originally built in 1860 by The Abbot and Downing Company of Concord, New Hampshire. Mr. Loomis rode this carriage through the entire town and peddled his cigars to the townspeople. The stenciling took the longest, but it was all worth the efforts.”

Ed Hunt is friends with Larry Parlin. “I have gone to several car shows with Larry,” said Hunt. “We went to Woodstock and to the Monson Parade. He loves his Lincoln. It’s a lot of fun.”

Parlin stood proud next to his 1978 Lincoln Mark IV as he wiped the dust off of his car.  “It is the Cartier edition,” said Parlin. “There is a big difference between that and the town car. This car is 21 feet long. The best part is that there is nothing wrong with it. It only has 48,000 miles on it.”

James Heerem of Wethersfield was visiting his daughter, Amy Mignone of Suffield, and decided to visit the auto show. “I know these are classic and antique cars, but I can remember them when they were brand new,” said Heerem. “I once owned a 1922 Cadillac and a 1924 Lincoln. I really miss my cars.”

Tom Stone was admiring the 1968 Stingray Corvette. “This is my dream car,” said Stone. “I really love this baby. All the cars are awesome. It reminds me of some cars that I have owned in my life. This show is really nice. I loved looking at the old cigar carriage. That is a great piece of history.”

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