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Classic cars the center of attention at church show



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Jim and Sheryl Clary of Gilford brought their Ď41 Ford Tudor truck to the show, a special car from a friendís collection. Lauren Tiner. (click for larger version)
May 26, 2010
On a perfect day for outdoor entertainment, car fanatics piled into the Gilford Community Church parking lot for the fifth annual Antique Car Show.

GCC members Bill Littlefield, Don Alard of Meredith and Warren Hutchins helped organize this year's event, which brought in hundreds of onlookers last Thursday evening. More than 60 antique car owners drove in for the occasion, which also boasted a giant barbecue.

Littlefield brought his own prized 1940's Ford Coupe to the show, while Alard displayed his '33 Ford Coupe.

"Although this is our fifth annual show, we missed last year because of the church construction. There was no parking," said Littlefield. "This year, we've got a big cookout, drawings, and over 60 cars. We had about 56 or so cars two years ago."

Littlefield said the show itself is free, but dinner, compliments of Ellie Murphy, was available for a minimal fee.

"It's just a function for the church, just for fun. It's about the nostalgia for old cars. There is no judging either. These shows are just fun to go to," said Littlefield.

The annual car show is a much anticipated event, and people come from all over the state to see these different cars of different eras displayed in the same lot.

Many car owners at the event work on their cars with their own hands, and some even built theirs. They are still drivable because of the constant upkeep.

For Littlefield, his love for cars started at the ripe age of 15. Throughout his lifetime, he has owned five '40 Fords and three '33 Fords, including three-window Coupes.

"I own, work on, and drive my cars. I put 85,000 on one car. I have fun with it," said Littlefield.

Jim Lowery of Meredith drove his deep red '32 Ford Roadster to the car show, a car he built with his own hands. It took him just about a year to complete.

"For over 50 years I have been fooling with these things. It's what I do. I like to play with these cars," said Lowery. "All the cars I own are Fords; I love them. The first car I ever bought was a '40 Ford Convertible in 1956. I still have it."

Jim and Sheryl Clary of Gilford have attended the annual car show for three years and brought their '41 Ford truck, dear to them since it was part of their close friend's antique car collection. Jim Clary explained that his friend Mike Amalfitano had once owned a family business, which explains where the logo on the car came from.

"I've always had an interest in antique cars. It started at birth, and over the years I have always played around with cars," said Clary, who is currently working on a '31 Ford Tudor.

Randy Willett said he used to race sports cars, which prompted him to purchase and work on a '66 black Mustang.

"It's been a hobby of mine since 1965. It's a drivable car; I brought it here, and with good luck, it will bring us back," said Willett.

He mostly deals with sports cars and said this classic British Sunbeam Tiger is a rare, hard to find model.

"These cars were only made in England for two years. They couldn't pass the safety specifications for the U.S. to keep producing them," explained Willett.

Although these toys brought in an older crowd to look on at the dozens of vibrant and unique cars lined up in the GCC parking lot, a few youngsters attended the event as well, and unlike the older crowd, they said they preferred the more modern looking cars of the day.

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