Empire Lambda New York Automobile Club

2015 Belmont Autumn Car Show

by Roger on Dec.05, 2015, under Club News, Outing

Mike Writes:
Many of us at some point have been to one of the big Belmont Race Track car shows organized by the Long Island Cars crew. Heavy on diversity, these shows invariably include rides from every subset of the car hobby, cars for sale all over the place, assorted vendors and a real Nu Yawkuh vibe. This year’s November season-ender was no exception. The weather was crisp, the sky blue, and the autumn sun just sparkled off all those gleaming paint jobs; well, except for the Rat Rods.

George showed up in his massive, 440 equipped ’67 Dodge Wagon along with Chris with his immaculate ’72 Coupe de Ville; both babies so lengthy they took up four spots on a diagonal. John also joined us in that neatly customized ’51 Mercury coupe of his. I came prepared for judging scrutiny in my ’98 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am convertible. The Emerald ‘Bird was out on the road this season, working off some of that money sunk into it and Daddy finds love and validation in gaudy plastic trophies. Must not forget the fire extinguisher, first aid kit, owner’s manual in open glove box and clean wheel wells.

Some of my faves at the show include some impressive Customs and Rat Rods. The slammed green ’60 Buick ‘El Camino’ was unique and very cool. A ‘49 or ’50 Pontiac fastback coupe with heavy rust patina – as if just dragged out of a riverbed – nonetheless was sporting a massive blown V8. A hairy ride indeed!

A lovely green over yellow ’55 Coupe de Ville as well as a ’59 Impala hardtop coupe in the cape-like white over red paint were both major eye candy with –love ’em or hate ‘em- Continental kits. I had a nice chat with the owner of a pale blue ’53 Henry J – we both love Kaiser styling. My family had a new ’51 in ‘Con-Ed’ blue when I was a tyke and I always have to check these out. I met the original owner of a ’65 Comet hardtop. This sharp Merc with the vertical quad headlamps had extraneous side trim removed, sported a later 302 and was just immaculate. It was a pleasure to see this lucky car that had clearly been loved from the start for a half century. An impressive ’65 Olds Starfire convertible, a mint ’69 Riviera and an elegant ’47 or ’48 Lincoln coupe helped round out this season finale for me.

Well, as the sun was setting my San Diego T/A came through again and garnered first place in its crowded class. Yeah baby!! Takes after his red room- mate. All right, I’ll admit I may be like the over bearing stage mother out there pushing my two kids but hey, can it be so wrong to find gratification in elbowing past all those straight guys to get the win?

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