'Rolling art, rolling history'

Antique Car Show dazzles downtown
Jun. 02, 2013 @ 05:03 AM

Hoping for a closer look inside, children quickly pressed their noses against the windows of dozens of classic cars Saturday and — almost as quickly — older men wiped the smudges away with their handkerchiefs.

This year's San-Lee "Classics to Custom" Antique Car Show was one of the largest shows put on by the San-Lee Chapter of the Antique Automobile Club of America, according to former local chapter president Roger Lyons. Held at Depot Park in downtown Sanford, dozens of cars lined the nearby streets throughout the day.

"We've had more vehicles than ever before," he said. "We've had people come from 350 miles to attend this show and we've had a great turnout with lots of entertainment."

The Saturday crowd was a mix of the "old-timers" looking to relive their youth and the younger generation hoping to rev their engines, Lyons said.

Dozens of prizes and awards were presented after the show, ending at 4 p.m. Terry Pottigro and Sean Wright won the People's Choice Award for the Custom/Hot Rod and AACA categories, respectively. Terri Padgett placed first in the AACA Best of Show category and Larry Staley won Best of Show for the Customs and Hot Rods.

"Win or lose, you are always still friends with the guys," Lyons said. 

Anthony Bright, a 30-year member of the San-Lee Chapter, and his sons had four vehicles on display during the show: a 1914 Cadillac, 1969 Camaro, 1973 Mustang and 1977 Corvette.

"I am here as member to support the club," Bright said. "I've enjoyed cars for a long time."

This show was one of the best the club has hosted in a long time, he said, with a variety of vehicles.

"You get a lot of reactions from the older folks," Bright said. "People will say, 'I had a car like that.' It's rolling art, rolling history."

William McAuley, of Sanford, said he always enjoys attending the antique car shows in the area and the classic vehicles remind him of his grandfather's pickup truck.

"I love to look at the cars," he said. "I really enjoy bringing back the memories."

While pulling his father alongside, 8-year-old Jacob Greive said the cars were amazing.

"It's great," he said. "I am having a great time."

His father, Chris, said he was glad downtown Sanford was able to have the event on a beautiful Saturday where men and women could showcase what they love.

Debbie and Reginald McFadden recently moved to Sanford and said their neighbor had a vehicle in the show.

"It's been wonderful," Reginald McFadden said. "We love cars."

Andrea Burger and her husband displayed their 1970 Chrysler 300 H.

"We come out every once in a while and the show has been wonderful," she said. "We like to show our car because it's rare and unusual. Plus, we always get to see something different."