Summer Knights 22nd Annual Benefit Car Show, April 28, 2013


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Bathed in glorious spring sunshine, the Summer Knights 22nd Annual Benefit Car Show and Swap Meet attracted thousands of spectators and hundreds of classic cars, hot rods, muscle cars, vintage cars and customs on Sunday at the Berlin Fair Grounds. “We’ve got great weather, and it’s a great day for a great cause,” a smiling Summer Knights president John Jarush said. “We were at about 500 cars at 10:45 am, and cars were still lined up and rolling in for registration. Continue reading

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26K+ For Sandy Hook


sandy-hook-angel-400x255The staff of Lime Rock Park wanted to tell you that the “Spikes Ride for Sandy Hook” benefit car show on Saturday, April 13th resulted in $26,000 in donations, with more to come after the organizers tally checks, vendor donations, t-shirt sales, pledges and matching funds.

George “Spikes” LeGrice, 27, an EMT and National Guardsman from Brockton, Mass., organized the event while Lime Rock donated the facility and its personnel. LeGrice recruited hundreds of volunteers for the cause, which he officially launched within a day of the mid-December tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. Continue reading

Spikes Ride for Sandy Hook at Lime Rock Park


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On Saturday, April 13, one of the biggest “Show and Shine” car-and-bike-and-truck shows in New England is coming to Lime Rock Park. It is a first-time event, and it’s one of the largest efforts to benefit victims and the first responders of the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy. There will be huge convoys of vehicles from states as far away as Maine and Maryland, coming together to show their support for Newtown.

It’s called “Spikes Ride for Sandy Hook at Lime Rock Park” organized by George “Spikes” LeGrice, who lives in Raynham, Mass. At least a dozen other convoy leaders, including Walt Lemet of Torrington, Conn., have donated much time and effort to the cause. (Lime Rock Park is donating the facility and its staff to help make this happen.) Continue reading

Frank Maratta Auto Show & Race-A-Rama, March 2, 2013


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Dave and I shook off the winter doldrums on Saturday at The Show of Dreams – Frank Maratta’s Auto & Race-A-Rama at the Better Living Center on the grounds of the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA. And what better way than looking at a good cross section of hot rods, imports, vintage, classic and muscle cars and bikes to get the first show of the 2013 season under our belts than at the 54th Maratta Show?

Ralph Barbagallo’s fine yellow Superbird and green Hemi ‘Cuda drew lots of admiring gazes, including mine. I had to smile when I saw Ralph’s daughter’s kid-size Dodge Charger on display. What else would a young tot drive? Sad to say, we couldn’t seem to find Ralph. I’m sure we’ll see him at one of the Burger King cruises. Continue reading

Cruise Night on Main Street Middetown – June 20, 2012


MMS 200612 014Temperatures well into the 90s and a humidity level of 70% did not deter the more than 4,000 people jamming downtown Middletown for The 15th Annual Cruise Night on Main, presented by Town Fair Tire and Middletown Nissan. The sultry first day of summer featured good food, good music and well over 800 classic cars, hot rods and muscle cars. The City of Middletown, Downtown Business District, Over the Hill Gang Eastern Chapter Car Club, Route 66 Cruisers, Liberty Bank, Charles Computer Services, NAPA Auto Parts, Servpro and Home Team Supply served as event sponsors. Continue reading

Cruising Newington – June 14, 2012


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What would a car show in Newington be without Don Gallant, owner of the famous Don’s Speed Shop? If you’ve ever been on the Berlin Turnpike, you’ve seen Don’s shop. “I opened the Speed Shop when I was 20. I’m 82 now,” Gallant said.

Don and his family bought along their famed ’27 T-Bucket to the 2012 edition of Cruising Newington, held on June 14th in a packed Market Square. Continue reading