Car show greeted with sunny weather
Antique and classic car enthusiasts came out recently for the Tioga Region Antique Automobile Club of America's 27th annual show. Last year's flooding destroyed the venue where the show is normally held, so the organizers moved it to the field near the Tioga County Fairgrounds, and on the property owned by Leonard Hilldale, owner and proprietor of Beds4Kids, Coats4Kids, and Save More Furniture.
According to Cheryl Klingensmith, club member, there were 169 cars registered for the show, and a steady flow of guests arrived throughout the day to view the cars, browse through products sold by various vendors, and to grab food and refreshments that were available on-site.
And for guests who strolled through the show, where chrome was shining and a disc jockey was playing songs from years past to create a bit of nostalgia, a great appreciation for the work that goes into vehicle preservation was offered.
This nostalgia is exactly what Butch and Eva Creller were enjoying.
"It's nice to see the cars," said Butch, who arrived as a spectator. "It's a little bit of nostalgia," he added, "and it gives everyone a chance to get together and see friends."
From Model A Fords to late model Mustangs, the car show seemed to offer a bit of everything for guests to enjoy. In addition, judges awarded the top three cars from the approximate two dozen Classes.
Greg Layton, of Apalachin, N.Y., was hoping to earn one of those trophies with his 1927 Rat Rod. With body materials welded to form the aggressive looking machine, Layton was capturing glances from car owners and guests as he roared into the field with his machine.
Once parked, Layton enjoyed talking about his Rat Rod, and explaining how he put its pieces together. On the back of the car, for aesthetics, Layton had a wind-up-handle. Inside his car, Layton also had several rats - one on the seat, and the other in the center, peering at the driver's seat.
In another class, Barbara Henderson and Pat Geiger were sitting together inside of Henderson's 1971 Beetle throughout much of the show. With the hood open to reveal the trunk, and the engine hood opened up in the back, Henderson loved to talk about her car as well.
Pointing at the dash, Henderson was proud to point out a slot near its bottom that was intended to hold flowers, which she keeps in her car at all times. She also talked about beetle clubs that were popular years ago, and was hoping one would be formed again.
Right next to Henderson was the 1973 Volkswagen Beetle displayed by Mark Mathewson, who at one time headed up a beetle club. According to Mathewson, he is the original owner of the beetle he had on display.
Just a few cars over from Mathewson was Virginia (Ginny) Bluckner, who traveled from Odessa, N.Y. with her 1930 Model A Ford.
Sitting on the side of the car in the little shade that was offered on this warm, sunny day, Bluckner explained that she purchased the car with her husband in the 1970s, and restored it in the 1990s.
"We used to own Model T's," said Bluckner, "but I got tired of cranking them."
Bluckner and her husband Bruce are members of the Sullivan Trail Model A's out of Horseheads, N.Y.
But of all the stories found at the show, to include cars that were restored again following the flood, none was more impressive than the story about Howard Seymour, vice president of the Tioga Region Club, and his 1939 Plymouth.
According to Seymour, he purchased the car in 1964 for just $35. Seymour didn't begin the restoration process until the year 2000, and it took approximately six years.
In 2007 and 2010, Seymour won National Antique Automobile Club of America titles. Seymour, like others who arrived on Sunday, had a book with him that detailed the process to restore his vehicle.
"I had to find the parts, and had to take it apart and then put it back together again," Seymour added.
In the surrounding village, the finest of antique automobiles could be seen driving around in the morning and late afternoon hours that surrounded the show. Cars like the one owned by Seymour, Henderson and Layton. Cars that would have been out that day anyhow, under the sunny skies, and with the warm weather.
To learn more about the Tioga Region Antique Automobile Club of America, you can visit them online at www.tiogaregion.com.