By Denise Etheridge
On April 28, 2012, I was at the Olde Stone House Village Car Show in Sewell, New Jersey, which featured cars and trucks of all makes and models 25 years old and older. Despite the chilly and overcast day, I met a number of really nice people with really nice cars.
The first person I met called himself “Monte Carlo Man” and, of course, was driving a 1972 Monte Carlo. My eye then spotted a 1963 Ford Falcon with a 260 V8 engine. The owners, Ron and Doretta Scott, have had this car since 1993. At that time they were in the market and because Doretta learned to drive in a Falcon and Ron had a Falcon when he got out of the army, this car was their choice. Did you know that the Falcon was the forerunner to the Mustang?
While wandering around, I could not help but notice a 1931 Ford A owned by Billy Young. Parked nearby was Bob Driscoll’s 1965 Chrysler Imperial Crown, purchased online in July 2011. In 1965 this car listed for $6194.00; according to Bob’s calculations, that would be $52,799.00 in today’s dollars.
Ford Thunderbirds are distinctive, so when I passed by Charlie Holmes sitting in his I just had to stop and investigate. Charlie has had this 1955 model for 50 years. It spent 20 years in the garage, but in 1998, after his wife died, Charlie decided to restore it. It took him eight months to get it on the road and he has been working on it ever since.
I was leaving the show when I spotted my favorite model of car, the Buick Riviera. I could not believe I almost missed it. This particular Riviera is a 1970 and is owned by Marty Pinder, who was at the show with his son. The car has 43,000 miles on it, is all original, and Marty is the original owner.