Classic Car News » Dennis David Your daily dose of steel, rubber and soul Sun, 25 Jun 2017 10:09:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Eye Candy: Connecticut Street Rod Association Swap Meet and Car Corral Mon, 24 Nov 2014 09:25:52 +0000 Read More

Pontiac hubcaps in sets of four 1957 Chevrolet pickup in the car corral 1957 Chevrolet 'gasser' Classic AMT model kits Oil cans are always popular at swap meets Muscle bikes seek new home An old Schwinn decked out as if it's Army surplus Rims 1960 Chevrolet station wagon, sans engine You never have enough toys Packard grille got "sold' tag early in the day An old pedal car Decades-old postal station, complete with 'Wanted' posters Amusement-park helicopter ride Old Dodge ready to be someone's project Allis Chalmers tractor 88,000-mile 1963 Chevrolet Bel Air Could this be the basis for someone's ultimate street rod? Whizzer 1929 Ford Model A Rocket-styled pedal car

Photos by Dennis David

It marks the beginning and the end of the season in the Northeast, where the winter chill forces all but the hardiest of classic car road warriors off the roads for a few months. The Connecticut Street Rod Association’s spring and fall swap meets are the first and the last to be held each year, with an opening meet held around the first weekend in May and another meet in early November.

The weather can be dicey within those parameters, but the weather gods shinned brightly on the November 8 meet with sunny skies and comfortable temperatures. The good weather helped to create one of the biggest turnouts ever with several thousand people in attendance. It seems that everyone was looking to stock up on parts, tools, and projects for the cold winter.

The show is held in the vast parking area of the Lake Compounce Amusement park in Bristol, Connecticut. The park closes for the season before the show is held. The show hosts approximately 200 venders selling anything from used car parts to new restoration pieces.

The show has something for everyone with some very odd and unusual artifacts found in the isles. Walking the entire show takes the good part of day and many show-goers pull their wagons filled with parts and treasures along to make things easier.

The popularity of the show caused many to park as much as a half-mile away, but the street rod members did an excellent job of finding room for everyone.

The big show is a great way to end the collector car season in the Northeast and is also worth the drive from anywhere. Indeed, license plates could be seen on spectator cars from Vermont, Massachusetts, New York, and New Hampshire.

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Eye Candy: Hershey Car Corral Sat, 18 Oct 2014 09:30:04 +0000 Read More

Formerly owned by David Rockefeller, owner wanted $35,500 for this 1911 Maxwell AB roadster California car: $11,500 was asked for this 318-powered 1963 Plymouth Fury 7,000-mile 1977 Mercury Monarch Ghia priced at $12,500 on first day, $9,950 OBO by Friday $7,500 asked for this 1956 AC Petite three-wheeler you could tow home 83,750-mile '57 Chevy was priced at $69,000 Asked: $26,500 for 1956 Ford Mustang fastback Starting price for this 1964 Ford Galaxie XL500 was $25,500 1959 Morris was a $9,995 drive-it-home offering $9,800 1956 Cadillaic Eldorado Seville needs new vinyl top $9,900 was price on this 1950 Chevrolet $16,000 was asking price on this 53,000-mile 1941 Pontiac 327-powered 1964 Chevrolet Impala offered at $12,00 You could drive this 1950 Ford home for $13,500 OBO $32,900 was asking price on this AACA award-winning 1936 Oldsmobile sport coupe $3,600 asked for 1960 MGA 1947 Cadillac limousine with Derham coachwork offered for $39,000 $22,500 asked for 8,041-mile 1978 Lincoln Continental Second owner wanted $17,900 for 48,277-mile 1939 Chrysler royal Owner wanted $140,000 for this 1959 Buick Electra 225 convertible Electric-powered Commercial Truck Co. of America truck draws a lot of interest

Photos by Dennis David

Once again, the annual AACA fall meet in Hershey, Pennsylvania, was a success with vendors lining approximately 25 miles of cars, parts, and everything in-between. Lining the outside perimeter was the famous car corral, featuring cars and trucks from all decades. Indeed, collectors bring their vehicles in hopes of a sale with the profits going toward their next purchase.

The car corral is the natural extension of the swap meet, which is easily among the largest in the world. All cars for the car corral must be at least 25 years old and driven in.

Cars that are labeled as “parts cars” or restoration candidates usually find their place in the swap meet

There are some mild customs, but most are restored or restored-to-original condition cars that look very good.

Just walking through the car corral one is able to find anything from a brilliantly restored car to an extreme low-mileage original.

The AACA car corral is the highlight for many show goers. The corral also changes from day to day throughout the meet as cars are sold and more arrive. If you don’t find what you’re looking for one day it could very well turn up the next day. The variety also keeps things fresh from one day to the next.


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Eye Candy: Hershey Swap Meet Wed, 15 Oct 2014 09:25:26 +0000 Read More

Can do Need to complete your collection? Small oil cans well displayed Mustang amusement park ride Doors, hoods, full bodies -- they're all here $36,500 bargain? This 1954 Jaguar XK 120 needs some work This Ford needs some work Glass oil bottles Asing price on 'barn-fresh' 1931 Ford Deluxe roadster was  $21,500. Ford F-550 Super Duty hauls in style Taillights Signs for all times Toys, lots of toys Marvelous Mike bulldozer with the robotic Mike still in the operator’s seat was still with its original box Just $1 per piece Owner wanted $1,200 for this electric-powered Thunderbird 1929 Bugatti Type 37 body Swap meet covers several large fields at Hershey There's something for anyone and everyone Toys are popular You name it, it's at Hershey: 1927 Lincoln Page airplane with  Curtiss engine. Asking price: $65,000. Signs are popular It's $2,500 OBO for this 1953 Packard

Photos by Dennis David

For the classic car community, this is the Super Bowl, World Series, Master’s Tournament, and the Daytona 500 rolled into one: The biggest car show and swap meet on the face of the planet. If you need a starter for a 1934 Hudson, you’ll find it at Hershey. If you need a headlight switch for a 1941 DeSoto, you’ll find it at Hershey. If you need absolutely nothing, you’ll come home with something you can’t live without. Indeed, there is no other show on earth that features more parts and more cars in the same place.

The show this year again fulfilled all expectations, with the weather cooperating for most of the week. Opening day Tuesday enjoyed sunny skies with slightly cool and comfortable temperatures throughout the week. Saturday dawned with a slight drizzle, but skies had once again cleared by mid-morning.

Several hardy vendors saw things through to the bitter end and one even remarked that Saturday tended to be the best day as the other vendors leave and there’s a lot of customers that are still walking around.

Hershey is also the time of year when old friends get together. The show draws people from all over the globe with countries such as England, Australia, Germany, Canada, France, and Sweden all represented.

Also present are the various marque clubs where members gather to swap stories about the latest acquisitions or restorations. This year’s show featured clubs from DeSoto, Rolls-Royce, MG, Chevrolet, Ford, Auburn, Hudson, Cadillac, Buick, Austin Healey, Packard, Chrysler, as well as any other marque that was ever built.

There are hospitality tents from clubs like the Antique Automobile Club of America, the Classic Car Club of America, and the Society of Automotive Historians as well. In the spirit of comradely, many clubs offer members a place to rest and even a few treats as well.

If you’ve never been to Hershey it’s time to get on the road. Next year’s event takes place during the week of October 7-10.

If you’re looking for that rare part or just looking to meet a few friends with similar interests, the annual fall AACA meet at Hershey is must for any car collector enthusiast.


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