July 1, 2022

Antique and Classic Auto Show Makes Essex a Great Place to be on the Fourth of July

Visitors at the Essex Antique & Classic Car show were greeted by a trio of restored oldies

What a great way to spend the Fourth of July, visiting the Antique and Classic Car Show on Essex Hubbard’s Field! Just wandering around some sixty-five classic motor vehicles on display, and imagining what it was like to drive way back then, was a delight.

Once inside the show there was this Ford “beauty in red”

Organizers of the event were two classic car buffs, Tim Lynch and Wes Bray, both of Essex. Also, some 200 visitors attended the show, and this was the sixth year of such an event.

Antique car show co-founder Wes Bray checks in the incoming vehicles

Among the old cars that were on display was an old Studebaker Automatic owned by Bob Bryant, who said, “I have been addicted to old cars all my life.” Also, Bryant noted that with old cars, since their starting point was in the early 1900’s, it makes it very easy to get your hands around their history.

A Bright Yellow, 1914 Model T at Show’s Entrance

The antique car that many visitors saw first, just as they came into the show, was a bright yellow, “1914 Model T Speedster,” owned by Bruce Robinson. Robinson said that when he retired as a corporate CEO, “My wife wanted me to find something to do to keep me out of her hair.” So he took up owning and fixing up a Model T.

Model T owner Bruce Robinson and his retirement project

The Model T that he had at the Fourth of July show contains both original and newly manufactured parts, the latter off original plans.  Also, Robinson said he added a new starter to the car, although on occasion he still uses the car’s old crank to start the engine.

Also, he makes sure he has plenty of gas in the tank going uphill, since gravity is the only power that gets the gas to run from the tank to the engine.

National Anthem Played at Auto Show

The one formal note at the old car auto show was a pause to hear a recording of the National Anthem. All of those attending faced the flag that flies over Hubbard Field.

There was a pause in the show early on for the playing of the National Anthem

There was a five dollar admission fee for pedestrians attending the show, which will be contributed to the Child & Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut. There was also a $15 dollar entrance fee for vehicles entering the show, all of whom were personally greeted by   the event’s co-founders, Tom Lynch and Wes Bray.

The five dollar admission fee was given to the Child and Family Agency