Shelton Historical Society hosts 15th annual Vintage Car Show

Parker and Gwen Ackley pose with their car at the 15th annual Shelton Historical Society’s Vintage Car Show.

Vintage vehicles glistened in the summer sun for the 15th annual Antique and Classic Car Show at the Shelton Historical Society on Sunday, July 16.

The event highlighted the beauty of the automobile and all the profits benefit future programs hosted by the historical society.

President of the Shelton Historical Society, Marty Coughlin, said it was an event open to the public, for the public.

“There are no restrictions to who can bring their cars to the show. All they need to do is register so we know who is going to come. Once they are registered, we divide the cars into groups like muscle, classic and unique. People come and vote for their favorite cars. The car with the most votes win a prize,” said Coughlin.

Executive Director of the Shelton Historical Society, Tracy Tate, said the show helps to get people’s feet in the door of the Historical Society.

Although there are prizes, the day wasn’t about winning, according to Tate.

“It’s about camaraderie with fellow car lovers, sharing knowledge, and spending the day with historical enthusiasts. Multiple car owners spoke fondly of the show and of their cars during the event,” said Tate.

Simon Bowditch beamed about one of his greatest joys, his sparkling brown 1951 Riley, a unique British car known for its durability and featured in British television and movies, such as Father Brown.

“I was lucky to find this car. My friend, who works as a part-time bus driver, spotted the car in a lot. I contacted the owner and they told me to make a stupid offer on the car. I did and I got the car. I had to move the car off the lot myself but, it was worth it,” said Bowditch.

Shelton resident Tony Preneta relaxed next to his cherry red ’68 Chevy Pickup that holds a ’67 John Deere in its flatbed. Preneta smiled and explained why his truck means so much to him.

“I fixed the truck all by myself,” said Preneta. “I didn’t send anything out. Money can fix anything, but that’s not the point. It’s all about the pride and hard work that goes to fixing it.”

Elmer Sega and his son, Tim, stood proudly next to their 1918 Ford Model T and 1931 Ford Model A. Elmer stated that he loves the history behind his cars.

There were plenty of cars in the “unique” group. Jim Somers, dressed appropriately in a milkman outfit, bought a 1951 Divco, a milk truck associated with the company’s slogan, “America’s Favorite Milk Truck.”

“Everything inside in truck, including all the milk bottles, are original,” Somers acknowledged.

Susan and Bill Bachlechner sported a pink ’57 Thunderbird with the license plate “SVEET” and a Betty Boop figurine in the front. The car, with all its charm, is practically straight off a movie set for Grease.

With all the marvelous cars, history was truly brought to life within the four hours of the car show. To explore other exceptional events with the Shelton Historical Society, visit their website: www.sheltonhistoricalsociety.org.

Shelton Historical Society President Marty Coughlin said the vehicle registered for the annual car show were divided into groups like muscle, classic, and unique. – Rachel Phillipson photo.

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