Locust Grove 8th Annual Car Show

I was asked to be a volunteer at The Locust Grove 8th annual car show that took place on the beautiful grounds of Locust Grove on July 14,  a gorgeous, sunny Sunday. I was happy to participate, had a great time admiring all the cars, took photos and decided to write a post to show you some of the cars on display.

(You may need to click on photos to enlarge.)

Locust Grove car show

The car show is the hard work of 6 car buffs who also organize the Montgomery Place car show taking place on August 18, 2013.

There were 300 show cars on display and also some motorcycles. Most were from New York, a few were from Connecticut, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.

According to Herb Lorenz, chairman of the car show, the cars are judged based on the quality of the restore and if they are custom or in true classic (showroom) condition for a total of 50 winners.  Then there are 5 top winners that are outstanding in their perspective categories.

There were over 1000 paid attendees, children under 12 admitted free (and there were many).

On display in front of the mansion was a 1913 Fiat.

What is so special about this car? It was built in Poughkeepsie, home of Locust Grove, and the owners chose to celebrate the car’s 100th anniversary at Locust Grove.

1913 Fiat

1913 Fiat

1913 Fiat


Birthday cake photo courtesy of Herb Lorenz

I know nothing about cars so the cars I am featuring below are cars that belong to my friends or cars that struck my fancy.

1965 corvette

1965 Corvette

1965 corvette

1965 corvetteMy garden friend, Dick has owned this 400 horsepower black 1965 corvette for 40 years.

For 5 years, during the summer months Dick drove the car to work every day.

Restored in 1992 and painted black. The original color was olive green.

The original owner of this car was Doc Severinson, the band leader of the tonight show with Johnny Carson.

1964 Triumph TR4

1964 Triumph TR4

1964 Red Triumph TR4

1964 Triumph TR4My garden friend Carol and her husband, Ted, have been the proud owners of this red Triumph TR4 since 2005.

Built in England, it was restored in 1998

1972 Bond nug

1972 Bond Bug

1972 bond bugOnly 2500 of these 3 wheels Bond Bugs, (called a minicar) were built in the UK between 1970 – 1974.

It has 4 cylinder and a water cooled engine. Standard color was orange. This one is raspberry metallic. Has a speed of 90 mph.

Worldwide there are about 300 left, 10 are in the USA.

1934 Ford 3 windor coupe

1934 Ford 3 Window Coupe

1934 Ford 3 window coupeGeorge is the proud owner of this 1934 Ford 3 Window Coupe.

• 350 engine
• 9″ Ford rear
• Outlaw body and frame

1931 Cadillac

1931 Cadillac

1931 cadillac1931 Cadillac V12
• Fleetwood Custom body – roadster
• 91 bodies made
• This car is number 54
• Great Gatsby era

1939 Buick coupe

1939 Buick Coupe
1939 Memorabilia

1939 memorabiliaJoellen from Kingston, NY, posed in front of her brother Bryan 1939 Buick coupe.

The car is all original.

Bryan acquired the car in 1983. It was in a rear-end accident in the early 1990’s and he painstakingly restored it himself.


More car photos coming tomorrow

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Copyright © by Norma Chang. All Rights Reserved. Do not use/repost any photos and/or articles without permission.


About Norma Chang

I am the author/publisher of 2 user-friendly Chinese cookbooks: "My Students' Favorite Chinese Recipes (updated edition)" and "Wokking Your Way to Low Fat Cooking" A gardener who enjoys cooking and eating and loves to think outside the box A garden volunteer at Locust Grove Heritage Vegetable Garden Conduct hands-on cooking workshops for teenagers Conduct cultural programs for children and family Conduct healthy cooking classes for adults
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29 Responses to Locust Grove 8th Annual Car Show

  1. I know nothing about cars either, but these cars look pretty.

  2. Me neither, but some of the cars are really awesome!

  3. wok with ray says:

    I love looking at vintage cars and restored masterfully. That Corvette looks really nice. It looks like you had a fun day in this show. Thank you, Norma and have a great weekend.

  4. Phyllis a smith says:

    Great photos ! Thanks for sharing!

  5. What a fun and unusual outing! The cars are beautiful and seem to be so lovingly cared for.

  6. Saskia (1=2) says:

    Wow that Bond bug is gorgeous Norma. My husband and I had classic cars for years (not quite the calibre of the 65 vette though)! Really enjoyed this post as all the memories came flooding back.

  7. Eha says:

    I would so have enjoyed being there also: not that I am so knowledgeable about vintage cars, but because I have ‘learned some’ from husbands and partners. . . and, OMG, quite a few come from even before ‘my’ time 😀 !!

  8. Eva Taylor says:

    What a great post, love those old cars, particularly the vet. We used to have an early 70’s Alfa Romeo (red) but sold it when we wanted to move back to the city. In JTs bachelor days he had an old restored Austin-Healey.
    Looks like you had great weather too, albeit a bit hot and humid. We were hoping for a break yesterday but it’s still humid although not as hot.

  9. o wow, I’d love to have each of this cars.

  10. I’m not a car buff at all but I love the historical aspect of them. What fun!

  11. Hotly Spiced says:

    What a great day out. So many beautiful cars. I know my husband could waste a lot of hours there! I think the Cadillac is my favourite – so very Gatsby xx

  12. Kristy says:

    What fabulous cars! Someday I would love to have a fun car like this. I know Mike would love the Corvette.

  13. How fun! I love the red triumph!

  14. Carol Cryer says:

    Hi Norma,
    I love your photos of the LG Car Show. Not only are you a master gardener, you are a very talented photographer!

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