By Denise Etheridge
On Saturday May 12, 2012, I attended the Tenth Annual Boy Scout Car Show at the Southampton Municipal Complex on Route 206 and Retreat Road in Southampton, New Jersey. The proceeds from the show go to Boy Scout Troop 31.
While at the show I met two great guys, George Hohenstein and Lou Pinto, both members of the Cruisin’ Classics Auto Club. George was showing a 1951 pick-up. When he purchased it, it was just a body stored in a school bus. If you are wondering, as I was, why it was stored in a bus, the previous owner did not have a garage, so he removed the bus interior and used it as such. Anyway, George did all the work on the pick-up, and it now has a 357 Chevy crate motor, a 204R overdrive transmission, disc brakes, and power steering.
Lou was showing a 1953 Mercury Monterey purchased in 1995. When he got the car, it was completely stock. He redid the engine, frenched the headlights and taillights, removed the door handles, installed electric solenoids, bored out the engine to increase the horsepower, and put in a mild cam. The car was also painted and given an elegantly styled custom interior.
Pretty girls and pretty cars go well together, so when Danielle Gurden passed by I asked her to pose in front of Jimmy Hawkins’ 1960 Pontiac Bonneville.
Oh, also, there was a wedding during the show. The lovely couple, John and Virginia Bowker, met at this very show in 2010. That just goes to prove what my brother always says, “If women want to meet men, they should go to a car show.”