Classic car owners preened and prettied their stage-ready automobiles for Bellport Fire Department’s second annual Classic Car Show. Competing for four show titles, including Best in Show and Best Restoration, were 165 easy-on-the-eyes motor vehicles, parked from Station Road to Brown’s Road. Bellport native Marge Bosco won Best in Show with her minty-blue 1954 Buick Super.
Even businesses along the main drag participated in the day’s festivities, selling their wares outside on the sidewalk as eventgoers and judges walked around admiring the road-bound Adonises.
The event was sponsored by MVP Automotive, whose owner, Daniel Haynes, served as one of four event judges. When asked if it would be difficult to judge the show, Haynes said this of the vehicles: “Too many, and they’re too gorgeous.”
Haynes explained that a lot goes into judging, especially when all of the cars being judged are unique, attractive and interesting.
“Each category has its own specific criteria. You have everything from performance, to look, to finish. It’s a little overwhelming,” he said.
The other three winners were as follows: Howard McCarrow won the Best Pickup category with his 1953 Chevrolet 3100 pickup truck. Best Muscle Car went to Jim Blake, an East Patchogue-resident, who won with his 1969 Dodge Super B. Mike Calderone won the title of Best Resto (restoration) with his vehicle, which merged a 1948 Chevy pickup with a 1957 Cadillac as the back end. Calderone simply refers to his “hybrid” (pun intended) as “gargoyle.”
Dan Polner, president, engine company, Bellport Fire Department, called the event the perfect day. Money raised went to benefit the fire department.
“It felt like summer. It was beautiful. Sunny. Warm,” he said.
The event also brought out musical acts, including Bellport’s own Shannon Gibbons, who sang a rendition of the National Anthem that brought eventgoers to tears, according to Polner.
Father and son duo, Tom and Rob Paulsen, were there to show their 1973 Corvette Stingray.
“Everything on it is original,” said father, Tom Paulsen.
Everything except the sleek, evergreen paint job—but, though it wasn’t original to the car, it was 26 years old.
“The guy we bought it off of kept it in the garage for 25 years,” said Rob Paulsen.
Now that’s a good way to keep a classic in good condition.