Is it a sign of the times? I sure hope so. I’m talking about the big number of collector cars attending car shows and cruise nights in the Northwest Herald readership area.
I’m not talking about classic vintage rides like, let’s say, a 1933 Lincoln LeBaron Convertible coupe or a 1927 Rolls Royce Phantom. No, I’m talking about a vehicle that is about 25 years or just a little older – something like a 1992 Camaro Z28. But I’ll include back to a car from the late 1940s and everything in between that is unique, fun to drive and show off.
At the Green Street Cruise Night at the downtown municipal parking lot in McHenry every Monday night through Sept. 25, week in and week out it’s nothing for this event to have close to 300 cool rides show up for people to look at and talk about. Vintage cars are just a great reminder of our youth, so whether you’re 16 or 96, you always can enjoy them. This event is a well-established car happening, so a big turnout of cars and pickups is no surprise.
But let’s take a look at a small town such as Sleepy Hollow that has an annual car show and an average turnout of 50 to 75 collector rides attend its event. That is up until this year. The show was July 4 at the Sabatino park facility in Sleepy Hollow and had the largest turnout ever, with 147 head-turning beautiful machines on display. Way to go, Sleepy Hollow! It was a fantastic turnout, and nothing’s to say that next year’s show won’t have an even bigger draw. I certainly hope so.
On July 8, I attended the village of Island Lake’s Lakefest 2017 car show in the parking lot of St. John’s Church. As I pulled my 1932 Ford street rod into the show grounds about 9:30 a.m., there already were 30 or so cars parked and being detailed by their owners for the day’s show. It turned out to be a real fun show with some very special rides on display, along with a few future big bucks classics to check out. I say future classics because at the present time you still can buy these cars for reasonable prices, but in 10 to 15 years, they will be worth quite a bit of money and out of reach for the average person. The first such car I saw was a very nice survivor 1977 Pontiac Can-Am equipped with the original huge factory installed (W72) 6.6-liter (400-cubic-inch) T/A motor fitted with an automatic transmission. It also had the small rear side windows fitted with slotted vents. Owner Dave Ponczkowski of Spring Grove can be very proud he owns and drives this rare…