Newington’s Market Square was alive with the rumble of V8 engines as the 5th Annual Cruising Newington Car Show took to the streets, presented by the Newington Chamber of Commerce and the Connecticut Street Legends car club. This was the second attempt at holding the 2011 event, as rain the previous week cancelled the show. Held in beautiful sunshine, street rods, customs and classics rubbed shoulders on what would normally be busy streets, allowing spectators of all ages to get up close and personal with the cars.
Joey Garcia’s superb gold-colored ’71 Chevy Impala lowrider was among the standouts for us. With its hydraulic suspension pitching the Chevy into numerous positions, the car always had a crowd around it. We’re looking forward to seeing Joey in the near future to set up a shoot with the car.
Sitting quietly among the Camaros and Corvettes was a very familiar shape to my English eyes, an MGB GT. Looking great in white, with its chrome wire-spoke wheels and bumpers shining, it wasn’t until I got closer that I saw that this car was packing quite a punch in the form of a V8 engine from a Mustang under the hood! I grabbed a few words with the owner who told me the swap took around 18 months to complete. He then grinned and said that the MG was a lot of fun! Parked across from the MG was another car from my homeland. This time it was an E-Type Jaguar. Looking resplendent in crimson, this “Big Cat” purred with class.