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The Berkshire Charity Auto Show (Part 1)

Posted July 09, 2009 3:44 PM by Steve Melito

Vintage vehicles and charitable contributions made for a winning combination at last Sunday's 24th annual Berkshire Charity Auto Show. Set on the green grounds of historic Hillcrest Hospital in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, the non-profit event attracted thousands of automotive aficionados and hundreds of classic cars from across New England and the northeastern U.S. Proceeds from the car show benefited medical and social-assistance programs in the Berkshires, the Bay State's westernmost county.

Mustangs, Music and Memories

While a local disc jockey spun golden oldies from a white gazebo, car lovers strolled along the grounds at Hillcrest and enjoyed a sunny summer's day. Forgetting about car-company bailouts and foreign imports, visitors admired some precious artifacts of American automotive engineering. These vintage vehicles included Willys from the 1930s, Ford trucks from the 1940s, Studebakers of the 1950s, Mustangs of the 1960s, and Chevy Camaros of the 1970s. Classic Corvettes of various ages were also on the scene.

The photographs in this blog-entry may not be as fine as those taken by professionals such as dstrohl, our friend at Hemmings Motor News. But it is my sincere hope that some of what you're about to see will inspire you. Let's take a trip down memory lane to a time when cars were fun, gas was cheap, and there was always something good playing on the radio. Moreover, let's also remember those automotive engineers whose designs live on.

1937 Willys

This Willys is more magenta than purple, but the color is of little consequence once you open the hood and see what's inside.

1948 Ford Anglia

This Ford Anglia was designed in England, and its regal red interior is fit for a king. But the knob atop this restored gear shift seems all-American. Is that Wiley E. Coyote?

1941 Ford Pickup

This Ford pickup is painted fire-engine engine and boasts the mother of all blowers.

The General Lee

You can't have a car show (even in the Berkshires) without a replica of the General Lee. Although it hails from Agawam, Massachusetts, this Dodge Charger was decked out in the Stars and Bars just like the ride that Bo and Luke Duke ran through Hazzard County in the hit 1970s TV show, "The Dukes of Hazzard".

1969 Chevy Camaro

There's been a lot of buzz about the 2010 Camaro, but the story of this Chevrolet isn't a new one. Here are two pictures of a majestic 1969 Chevy Camaro owned by Rick and Sandi Laughran.

Editor's Note: Click here for Part 2.

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