David’s Morris Mini Traveller at Gore Place, prompting smiles from onlookers as usual.
Photo by Alan Petrillo
Gore Place Classic Car Show
by David Schwartz
WALTHAM, Mass. — The 4th Annual Gore Place Classic Car Show was sponsored by the Motorheads Car Club in conjunction with the Waltham Museum, and took place last September. Cars were parked on the lawn in the order they arrived and there was enough space for hundreds of vehicles. The weather was sunny and warm, resulting in a high turnout. The show was listed on the Arlington Classic Car Club (ACCC) Facebook page, and I looked forward to meeting a few members in person.
I drove my 1968 Mini Traveller and was accompanied by my wife Betty. We arrived at 8:30 a.m. as steam rose from the wet grass. There were already a large number of vehicles on the field. As the morning wore on, more and more kept arriving, well after the official public opening at 9 a.m.
Motorheads members favor classic muscle cars, hot rods and trucks. As expected, there were loads of muscle cars from the ’50s through the ’70s, plus some contemporary muscle cars and even a few supercars. Prewar and postwar classics were also present, as were a handful of foreign cars. The Motorheads website says, “We’ve never met a car we didn’t like,” and judging from the variety at the show that was definitely the case.
Two of the foreign cars were driven by regulars at the Goulds’ Microcar Event. Linda Abrams and Bill Turville arrived in Linda’s 1973 Citroën 2CV. Rob Robicheau brought a classic VW Beetle complete with period roof rack. The Microcar Event was cancelled for the past two years, so it was nice to catch up in person with these folks.
My favorite German car was a 1955 Mercedes 190SL. Grey with a red interior, it appeared to be original except for the modern car stereo mounted under the dash. The original radio was preserved and the owner of 40 years happily answered questions.
The Jeep FC-150, a cab-over-engine design.
Photo by David Schwartz
There were numerous unusual vehicles at the show, including several models I had never seen before. One of my favorites was a 1957 Willys Jeep FC-150 Forward Control. The FC-150 was built on the Jeep CJ wheelbase, but because of the cab-over-engine design, the truck could be much shorter. It looks like a larger version of a child’s toy truck. (I learned that CJ stands for Civilian Jeep.)
The 1973 Imperial LeBaron four-door sedan owned by ACCC member Alan Petrillo was truly impressive. The car was built by Chrysler, but in 1973 Imperial was still a separate brand. The Imperial is 253” long, weighs 5,000 lbs. and has a 440 cu. in. V8 engine. Alan told me the car barely fits in his one-car garage. No doubt the Imperial, with a 0-60 time of 11.8 seconds, cruises effortlessly and silently on the highway.
For the sake of comparison, a 1973 Mini 850 is 120” long, weighs 1360 lbs., has a 52 cu. in. engine (848cc), cruises with effort on a modern highway, is quite noisy, and has a 0-60 time of “eventually”!
Gore Place was the former corporate office of the Waltham Manufacturing Company, which built Metz automobiles. The first floor of the Gore Estate was used as a car showroom and car assembly was completed in two nearby buildings. There was a Metz vehicle reunion at the show featuring three Metz autos built between 1911 and 1915. The cars had acetylene headlights, wheels with wooden spokes, and were in various states of preservation. It was quite a surprise to see Brass Era cars at a muscle car show.
In addition to my Mini, there were only two other British cars in attendance: a 1962 Ford Anglia “Harry Potter car” owned by ACCC member John Soares, and a “Nasty Boy” Austin-Healey 3000 with a Chevy V8 under the bonnet. The Healey had huge fender flares, large wheels, and other embellishments which gave it a muscle car look.
1962 Ford Anglia, with David’s friend Ellen.
Photo by David Schwartz
Our friend Ellen Davidson met us a little before noon. Never having attended a car show before, she was amazed at the variety and sheer number of vehicles —hundreds lined up in long rows stretching the length of the huge field. We wandered the rows, remarking on the different vintages, modifications, and of course the size of the tailfins. At the end of the afternoon, Ellen told us she was happy to have experienced a cultural event so outside her normal activities.
The show was very family friendly, people were happy and interested in each other, the cars really told historical stories, and owners expressed a real sense of passion for their cars.
The 2022 Gore Place Classic Car Show will be held on September 25th. I am promoting the show to NEMO members as well as other British car clubs. It would be fun to have a “Mini” British invasion. Registration opens at 7 a.m. and the public is admitted at 9 a.m. I recommend arriving by 8 a.m. to avoid the line at the gate.
Model A next to Bob Brownell’s Mini.
Photo by David Schwartz
Maynard Motors Car Show
by David Schwartz
MAYNARD, Mass., Sept. 19 — Three NEMO members and two other British car owners attended a free multi-marque car show held at Maynard Motors, located on Rt. 117 just west of Rt. 27. The event was one mile from Erikson’s Ice Cream, one of the best homemade ice cream shops in this part of the state.
I always enjoy multi-marque events, and this show had quite a variety. Due to the abbreviated season this year, I was happy to attend any car event.
Of course, there were lots of American muscle cars from the ’50s through the ’70s. For fans of huge chrome bumpers and tailfins, there were plenty of both, including a variety of Chevy Bel Air body styles.
Prewar cars included a Ford Model A, Ford Deluxe Coupe, and a mid-1930s Plymouth coupe, all of which were in beautiful condition. A Korean War-era U.S. Army Jeep and ambulance were parked together.
Bob Brownell’s 1963 Austin Mini was dwarfed by a bright green Ford Model A rumble seat convertible. The Ford’s “giant” 21-inch yellow-spoked wire wheels appeared even larger next to the Mini’s 10-inch wheels. The Model A has a 3286cc 4-cylinder engine producing 40hp, and the car weighs in at about 2,300 lbs. In comparison, the Mini has an 848cc engine producing 34hp and weighs 1290 lbs.
Iain and Nuala Barker’s 1967 Morris Mini Cooper S was parked diagonally across from Bob’s car, next to a prewar purple hot rod pickup truck. I arrived later and parked my 1968 Mini Traveller up front between two American muscle cars.
Studebaker Daytona Wagonaire with its roof retracted.
Photo by David Schwartz
A modern Morgan 3-Wheeler was parked next to a beautiful late ’50s Chevy Delray Coupe. A really clean Austin-Healey I had not seen before was parked at the rear of the lot.
As regular readers of NEMO Newsbeat know, I am drawn to unusual cars, and every show has at least one rarity. There was a 1964 Studebaker Daytona Wagonaire (station wagon) parked two cars over from the Barkers’ Mini. The Wagonaire has a retractable sliding rear roof section over the “wayback,” allowing the vehicle to carry items that would otherwise be too tall for a conventional station wagon. There is a tie-down bar in back and no third-row seat. The owner told me his car was marketed as a contractor vehicle.
The Studebaker’s roof design was the invention of industrial designer Brooks Stevens. He also designed the original Jeep Wagoneer, which when introduced in 1963 was described as a station wagon body style. There is definitely a family resemblance between the two vehicles.
When the show started winding down, the three Minis paraded to Erikson’s Ice Cream and parked in a line. Erikson’s season was almost over, but there was still a decent selection of flavors.
For future reference, a small dish is two good-sized scoops. I am partial to the Black Raspberry.
The next Maynard Motors Car Show is June 18, 2022. I have a family wedding to attend that weekend, but hopefully others can make it.
Bob’s Mini gets some attention at the show.
Photo by Dave Larsen
Father’s Day Comes Late!
by Bob Brownell
HOLLISTON, Mass. — The Holliston Historical Society Father’s Day Car Show & Pancake Breakfast took place on October 3, 2021. The show was postponed from June (Father’s Day) and was cancelled in 2020, so it was great to attend the event at last.
There is no admission charge, with income from the Breakfast serving as a fundraiser for the Historical Society. We had good weather, the Breakfast was tasty, the turnout was great, and there was a nice mix of cars and trucks. I drove my 1963 Austin Mini Super Deluxe, which has its original 850cc engine.
My pick of the show was a rare 1962 MGA MkII 1600 Deluxe. This car had a gorgeous restoration with a perfect paint job and interior. It was one of 290 roadsters built using leftover parts from when the MGA Twin Cam was discontinued: close ratio gearbox, four-wheel disk brakes, quick ratio steering, and knock-off solid disk wheels. With a 90hp, 1622 cc pushrod engine, the Deluxe was much more reliable than the Twin Cam model.
Other British cars included a unique Devin-bodied 1958 MGA with a performance-built MGB engine (I later saw that it sold on “Bring a Trailer” in November), a 1971 MG Midget in excellent condition, a Triumph TR3, an Austin-Healey 100-6, and a Lotus with a Mazda twin cam engine.
My favorite non-British cars included a rare 1937 Mack Junior 1/2-ton pickup (Mack Truck’s last attempt to get into the small truck market), a nicely restored 1934 Ford stake body 1.5-ton truck, a 1955 Chevy Cameo slab-side luxury pickup (unusual for its time), and a 1960 Dodge Polara powered by a big, original V8 with cross ram dual quad intake.
From a fun perspective, there was a Bellingham, Mass., liveried 1957 Dodge Custom Royal Police Car. It was complete with antenna, lights, working siren and “Car 54” license plates.
See all the photos from the show in the Gallery.
The show was a friendly, low-key get-together for a good cause. I plan to attend again in 2022.
[Contrib. Ed. note: The Dodge Polara attended the Wheels of Wellesley show immediately following the Holliston event. The Wellesley show was covered in the December 2021 newsletter. —DS]
Our group at Mr. Z’s.
Photo by Bruce Vild
by Faith Lamprey
CHEPACHET, R.I. — Thirteen folks gathered at Mr. Z’s in Chepachet at 12 noon on Sunday, December 5th, for a Holiday lunch — our “December Dine.”
Thanks to Dave Black, the restaurant had set up a long table for us in the lounge. In attendance were Dave Black, Jean and Dave Icaza, Faith Lamprey and Bruce Vild, Jon Gardner, Lorine and Derick Karabec, Barbara and Dave Newman, Anne Wellington, Dianne Izzo and Chris Izzo.
Anne brought along some Mini models from Paul Gingris’ estate that she wanted to give to the group. To distribute them fairly, everyone put their names in a box. Then we drew names and folks choose what they wanted. (No “Yankee Swap” was allowed!) Almost everyone went home with something. Thanks, Anne!
Our waitress was friendly and efficient and we actually stopped chatting long enough to give her our lunch orders. The food was good and the portions were large. And it was so wonderful to see everyone and get a chance to catch up! But at mid-afternoon it was time to say goodbye.
Depending on what the COVID situation is in a few months, we will look into scheduling our Planning Meeting in the spring.
Website for MME 2022 Now Live!
The website for Mini Meet East 2022 is now live. Either www.minimeeteast2022.com or https://mini meeteast.regfox.com/2022 will get you to the right place. The event dates takes place July 1-4 in Dayton/Fairborn, Ohio, and the MME 2002 Committee has a full calendar of events planned.
Information on how to book your hotel room is in the Hotel Section and our group rate is available if you want to arrive a few days early or stay a few days after. Some events are limited in capacity, so don’t wait too long to register as you may be closed out of them.
MME 2022 is open to classic and new Minis, so please be sure you pass this information along to friends and fellow club members. If you have questions, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and they’ll get back to you — usually within a few hours.