Cruisin’ Photography’s first outing of the year brought us to the C3 Spring Car Show held at CCSU on Saturday, April 21st. Held in perfect spring sunshine, the show attracted nearly 300 cars, bikes and trucks.
When Kathy and I arrived the show was in full swing. Our first stop was the parking lot rooftop for some elevated panoramic shots of the busy gathering below. With the shots taken we headed down to see our good friends Krystina Carbone, Terry Bollacker and Tom and Linda DeZenzo, along with Tai, their beautiful Doberman dog.
Krystina’s family was there to honor the memory of her cousin, Brian Wilson, Jr., who was 23 when a heart attack tragically cut his life short in 2008. Brian, a volunteer firefighter in Plainville and then in Burlington, also enjoyed Jeeps and off-roading. Linda said her son had been an active member of C3, and the family was there to promote heart health and the American Heart Association. “It’s important to get the word out that a heart attack can strike anyone, including someone like Brian, who was 23, active and in good health,” said Linda.
As we chatted, two pristine fire trucks poignantly arrived at the show. Krystina arranged a shot of the families with the trucks and the volunteer firefighters manning them.
The trucks, from the Connecticut Fire Museum, were promoting an upcoming fundraiser for the Connecticut Trolley Museum. Xion Clere, Robert Levesque and Aaron Mangan invited us to the event, a beer/wine tasting that’s being held at the Trolley Museum on North Road, East Windsor on May 11th. All proceeds from the event, sponsored by Joe’s Fine Wine & Spirits in East Windsor, will benefit the restoration of the trolleys that were damaged when thieves broke into the museum earlier this year.
Volunteers at the museum found three trolley cars dating back to 1905 stripped of their copper and brass components. The damage is estimated to be tens of thousands of dollars. Crowbars were used to pry brass pieces off of the ceilings, windows, and exterior of the wooden cars, doing extensive damage to the woodwork; wiring was cut and some of the control gear was stripped out of the cars. All three cars require extensive work before they can be returned to operation for museum visitors to enjoy.
The Connecticut Trolley Museum, operated by volunteers, features trolley rides on a 1.5-mile track and exhibits of the era. The museum, dedicated to the preservation of the trolley era, is seeking donations to recover some of the costs associated with the repairs to these trolleys. For those interested in helping out, please contact the Connecticut Trolley Museum at 860-627-6540.