Spend Father’s Day checking out vintage cars in Shelton

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A scene from a past Shelton Historical Society car show at its Ripton Road property.

 

Fathers and grandfathers can join other family members to peek under the hoods of the cars they remember from their youth at the Shelton Historical Society’s Vintage Vehicles Antique and Classic Car Show on Father’s Day, June 16.

Two wheels or four, from Model T’s to muscle cars, there’s bound to be something that will trigger a memory from every visitor. The event will take place Sunday, June 16 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the at Shelton History Center, 70 Ripton Road.

This year’s show is being held in memory of Clarence “Cleve” Curtiss, whose 1929 Ford was always a hit at many area car shows. He had purchased it as a youth, raced it down Hill Street in Shelton, and courted his wife in it. While Curtiss subsequently owned many other cars, his Model A remained his favorite.

 

A Rolls Royce to a Locomobile

Past shows have featured everything from a 1928 Rolls Royce Phantom, to a restored rickshaw that was used as an ambulance in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, to a 1911 wood-paneled Model T.

Last year, a Locomobile produced locally in Bridgeport in 1921 was a one-of-a-kind entry.

Nearly every decade of automotive history from the 20th century has been illustrated on the shaded grounds of the Shelton History Center. Mustangs and Army Jeeps have been displayed next to Ford Model A’s and T’s.

 

Visitors can vote for a favorite vehicle

During the event, vehicle owners share information, their cars, and their hobby with the public.

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A scene from a past Shelton Historical Society car show at its Ripton Road property.

Also at the car show, visitors can vote for their favorite vehicles, take tours of Shelton History Center buildings (an old schoolhouse to an outhouse), and partake in refreshments. Admission is $1 for dads, $5 for other adults, and $10 for families.

Sponsors of this year’s show include Christine Carlson, Connecticut Car Storage, Curtiss Ryan Honda, D’Addario Auto Group, and the Spruyt Agency.

 

Still time to enter a vehicle

There is still time for owners of antique and classic vehicles of all kinds to register to participate in the show. In particular, organizers are encouraging owners of tractors and other agricultural vehicles to enter this year.

Get an entry form at www.sheltonhistoricalsociety.org or by calling 203-925-1803. Pre-registration costs $8, increasing to $10 on the day of the event. Awards in five categories will be presented to crowd favorites.

Proceeds will benefit educational programs of the Shelton Historical Society, a nonprofit organization that works to preserve the community’s history by maintaining a museum with its collections, and advocating on matters of historical significance.

For information, including directions, call 203-925-1803 or go to www.sheltonhistoricalsociety.org.

 

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