11th annual Willington Car Show brings out vintage car-lovers

By Kitty LeShay - ReminderNews
Willington - posted Thu., Oct. 3, 2013
Heidi Muniec sits at the wheel of her 1957 Corvette. She and her husband only use it on Cruise Nights and shows, and drive it on back roads only. Photos by Kitty LeShay.
Heidi Muniec sits at the wheel of her 1957 Corvette. She and her husband only use it on Cruise Nights and shows, and drive it on back roads only. Photos by Kitty LeShay.

The 11th annual Willington Car Show brought together people who have lovingly restored their classic vehicles and the enthusiastic crowds that enjoy seeing them. The car show, sponsored by the town and Connecticut Street Legends, was held on the historic Willington Town Green on Sept. 28.

The event is a socializing opportunity for vintage and classic car-lovers. “You meet a lot of nice people and often you see the same people during the season,” said Chet Camilleri, president of Connecticut Street Legends. The Willington show was a benefit for the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation, which provides scholarships for higher education to children of Marines and federal law enforcement personnel who were killed on duty while serving their country.

It was a great finale for the season, with everyone enjoying a beautiful day and the fall foliage. While the majority of cars were vintage, Connecticut Street Legends does not have a cut-off year. “We allow what we call ‘new muscle.’ These are Mustangs and Corvettes and other classic cars,” Camilleri said.

Victor Nigro, who is retired, plans on building classic cars and he has an attachment to his car, much like other owners who have restored their vehicles. “This car became a hotrod in 1955. I got the car in 1975. I love this car,” he said.

Bernie Getty bought his car 18 years ago. “It had 18,000 miles and now it has 23,000. I just drive it to shows. It has been a lot of fun owning it all these years,” he said.

Trophies were given out toward the end of the show. There were no categories of winners, just recognition given to some fine classic vehicles.


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