Wheels and fire joined forces on a cool fall Sunday at Enfield Fire District No. 1, on Weymouth Road, for a fundraiser to benefit the town’s Fire Association and the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. “We’ve held pancake breakfasts as fundraisers, but wanted to try something different,” according to Firefighter Steve Smith, Vice President of the Enfield Fire Association. “We had a meeting and decided we should try holding a car show. A friend knew someone in the High Life Creationz car club and it all worked out from there.
“Our proceeds from today’s pancake breakfast and the sale of hotdogs, hamburgers and soft drinks will be donated to the Enfield Fire Association. We’re holding another pancake breakfast here on Sunday, October 30th, from 7:30 to 11:00am. Tickets are $5.00 and we hope to have another big crowd come and join us.” Dave and I took the opportunity to set up a quick group shot with Firefighter Steve Smith, Safety Officer Les Hames, Enfield Fire Association President David Ragion and Lt. Tom Burnham.
Burnham, who’s been a firefighter for two decades, was behind the wheel of the run-away winner in the Engine Rev Contest. “The car actually belongs to my neighbor, Jay Eberle. He’s not here today, but his girlfriend, Amanda Trudeau came in the car and kindly let me use it.” Amanda explained that the 1981 Chevy Malibu Wagon has a bored-out 350ci engine Chevy V8 under the hood. It sounded great and was a popular winner.
It’s always a pleasure to see the Universal Riders, who make Dave and me feel like part of their big family. Club Co-Founder Juan Hernandez’s “Scarface” Toyota Corolla had no shortage of admirers on Sunday, including Cruisin’ Photography. Juan’s wife India, who’s also the club P.R.O., arrived on her gorgeous copper-colored Harley. We set up an impromptu shoot with Juan and India, who were joined by fellow Co-Founder Angel “Cacique” Luciano and his wife/club secretary Josie. After a few shots were taken, we decided that we would do this again with the rest of the Universal Riders at a venue and time to be arranged.
We paid a visit to Raymond Perez and Wanda Machado, who had Raymond’s Mitsubishi Eclipse on show. The pair had recently commissioned Dave to create a one-of-a-kind Digital Auto Art piece of their car and we had a contact sheet to show them. To say that they were blown away would be an understatement. Within seconds an 11 x 17 print became a 20 x 30 montage of all the images!
Dreamz II Reality Motorsport were well represented. Jim Ilardi made the trip from New York with his “Pirates Of The Caribbean” themed PT Cruiser. The Pirate took Best Of Show honors and was a popular backdrop for many of the show visitors’ photographs. Best Bike honors went to good friend Gary Lambert and the always-excellent “Dark Knight” Suzuki Hayabusa turbo. DIIR then made it a clean sweep by taking the Best Club award as well.
After the event, High Life Creationz President Mike Brough said, “Thanks to the Enfield Fire District No. 1 for hosting our annual car show. We’d also like to thank all participants for coming out to support us. We raised over $400 for the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.”