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Bangor, Brewer classic car shows attract all kinds

BANGOR/BREWER - What do you get when you combine classic autos, oldies music and great weather? Some would say a perfect weekend, and that's exactly how organizers of Bangor's Wheels on the Waterfront car show and the BSA Troop 15 Brewer Days Car Show would describe it.

"This is great for the Bangor market. We have cars from Canada, Florida, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire," said Kerrie Tripp, executive director of the Greater Bangor Convention and Visitors Bureau that held the event. "It brings people in and gives them a great thing to do on the Bangor waterfront on a great day."

In the four years Bangor has been hosting the Wheels on the Waterfront car show, this year's was the biggest the city has seen with over 300 cars registered for show.

"These bring back fond memories" said Levant resident Mike Patin while checking out the old Ford Mustangs. "When you think of it being the 10-year anniversary of 9/11 and then think of these cars, life was just simpler back then."

Friends Betsy McAlpine of Ellsworth and Fran Andrews of Mariaville stopped by the Bangor car show Saturday on their way to the Clinton fair. "This is our first time here. It's interesting to see people put money into the past to show our kids they can't forget the past even when it comes to transportation," McAlpine said.

The car owners were not only showing off how well they have maintained their classic autos, but they were also hoping to drive home with some hardware as well.

"We have first-, second- and third-place trophies in 37 classes as well as a trophy for best in show and a trophy for people's choice," Tripp said.

A panel of judges walked from vehicle to vehicle to peek at and rate every detail, including paint, overall body, the engine compartment, suspension, tires and wheels. Lee Baron was one of this year's judges.

"We have to judge the vehicle by putting ourselves back in the year it was made and if this is how it would look coming out of a showroom," Baron said.

However, the organizers of the BSA Troop 15 Brewer Days Car Show left it up to those who registered for the show to do the judging.

"We have the participants vote. All the spectators vote for People's Choice, and the Eagle Scouts get to vote on their favorite vehicle," said Teresa Maybury, chairperson for BSA Troop 15. "All the first place trophies are made and designed by the Boy Scouts from donated car and motorcycle parts. Our second- and third-place trophies are traditional trophies that have been donated by car enthusiasts to help us keep our costs down.

The Brewer Days Car Show also began four years ago with just 60 cars, but this weekend organizers and spectators had the pleasure of seeing close to 140 cars at the show.

"I want to take a Mustang," said Carroll Bond, a spectator from Brewer. "I owned four of them, a '64, '65, '66, and a '72 and I owned all of them when I was in the army. They were fun and quick."

Yann Kaloustian of Hampden went to the Brewer Days Car Show with his camera in hand. "It's great to see the Canadian contingent here. They're a great group with a great group of cars," he said. "I like a lot of different design elements. There's a mid-'70s Nova from Canada and the owner used spatter paint. It's as clean as a whistle and looks nice."

All the proceeds from the Brewer car show help fund activities and supplies for the Boy Scouts. A portion of the proceeds are also given to Troop 15's sponsor, the First United Methodist Church in Brewer.

"We hope the scouts learn respect for the vehicles and the tradition of car shows," said Maybury.

Scouts and spectators alike will get the chance to experience it all again next year when the car shows roll back into the Bangor and Brewer areas in September of 2012.

Last modified on Wednesday, 14 December 2011 16:30

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