Mother Nature, in the form of heavy rain the previous week (leading to rearranged shows), conspired to make Sunday August 21st a very busy day for Cruisin’ Photography.
The warm day started out at the Connecticut Street Legends’ Second Annual Car Show, held in conjunction with the Berlin Lions Club at the Berlin Fair Grounds. Once the gate receipts are tallied, half of the proceeds will go to the Lions and the charities they support.
Dave and I had already been to the Legends’ Toy Run on July 17th, which raised $4,600 and 4,000 toys for the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, and the August 6th benefit for Stan and Terry Rogers that raised more than $3,600 to help with their medical bills.
Though the Legends were busy, they graciously took time out of their hectic morning to show us their cars, pose for photos and chat a bit. President Chet Camilleri’s 1937 Chevy Coupe looked particularly good in the sunlight. Tony Dellafiore had his 1965 yellow Chevy Malibu SS on display. The bright orange color of Steve Wantek’s 1973 Corvette Stingray made it hard to miss and has earned the vehicle the nickname “Sunkist.”
Eighteen years ago, Steve became a member of the Berlin Lions Club because he “wanted to do something for my community. I wanted to give back, and the Lions are the largest service organization in the world. We’re all volunteers. We have no paid employees.” When Steve joined the Connecticut Street Legends, he liked the charitable nature of the car club, so his idea to bring the Lions and the Legends together was a no-brainer.
“Rooster” Kenney and his “Neverending Story” themed van led a quartet of show vans to represent the vanning community. Mike Siering, Pat Doolan and John Ostrander arrived in a van convoy and fit right in with the multitude of muscle cars, hot rods, classics and antique cars already parked on the Fair Grounds.
Partial to hot rods? Then you couldn’t help but like Lee Harris’ red 1932 Ford High Boy. “I bought this car 18 months, and finished it the way I wanted,” the Cheshire resident said. “I used to build hot rods and belonged to the Connecticut Street Rods years ago. I drive the car a lot and ended up putting 4,000 miles on the car in 2010.”
Tony Miceli made the quick trip from Rocky Hill in his 1931 Ford Roadster. We caught up with Tony as he did a little last-minute polishing on the car. He was proud to tell us that “The car is all original steel and I built it myself.” Great cars run in the Miceli family. We’ve seen Tony’s dad, Dom, and his vintage Ford at quite a few area car shows.
Brian Beals’ 1956 Desoto Adventurer was a showstopper. “This car is one of only 996 built and sold and was only available in white/gold or black/gold. It has factory power steering, power windows and power seats. It’s the kind of car you see once in a lifetime.” according to the Bristol resident.
Brian has had the car for one and a half years and is the fourth owner. Lucky for Brian that he didn’t suggest I have a seat in the Desoto because I’m not sure he could’ve coaxed me to get out.
Sadly, our busy day only allowed us to spend a couple of hours at the Fair Grounds. It was a great show and we really enjoyed our stay.