Classic Car Show draws visitors to East Hampton Village Center

By Merja H. Lehtinen - ReminderNews
East Hampton - posted Tue., Oct. 29, 2013
Lorraine and Gary Sorvillo, in front of a classic blue Plymouth, said they enjoy classic car shows and came to support a friend who displayed his car. Photos by Merja H. Lehtinen.
Lorraine and Gary Sorvillo, in front of a classic blue Plymouth, said they enjoy classic car shows and came to support a friend who displayed his car. Photos by Merja H. Lehtinen.

Ben Sullivan said that the new Classic Car Show on Oct. 25 was a first for the East Hampton Village Center and the Congregational Church of East Hampton. As one of the organizers, Sullivan said the community hopes to start a monthly tradition - May through October - of holding an old-fashioned classic car meet on Friday nights in the Village, with some sort of festive cookout on the lawn of the church. Once a year, they hope to have a big old-fashioned cookout and picnic.

Friday was the first such event, and within the first 15 minutes, there were already a dozen classic cars on display, and a bevy of children running around on the lawns having fun.

Visitors of all ages enjoyed looking at the classic "muscle" cars of the 1950s and 1960s as well as some newer "kits" that allow enthusiasts to make vintage cars from scratch.

Sullivan and his family have a storefront business in the Village called Crafty Cakes and Cupcakes, a bakery and coffee shop. He and other store owners are hoping that special events in the Village district will draw more foot traffic. With women's boutique clothing and jewelry, antique shops, and specialty stores all within walking distance of one another, foot traffic is critical to their continued success; but, many people are not aware of how many stores have been added or changed over the years. Today there is a nice mix, and there is the historical museum a few hundred feet up the hill, as well as the school.

Lorraine and Gary Sorvillo said they like seeing the cars and came to support their friend Gerry Kasselman, who had his on display. Lloyd Gillard and Dave Brooks are also classic car owners and enthusiasts who were happy to start a new tradition in town. The area is well known for its classic car parade and other meets held on the Haddam Neck fairgrounds. But this smaller version brings the car-lovers and owners into the Village once a month and gives people a reason to stay and make an evening of it.


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