Antique auto show brings out enthusiasts

Mon, 07/17/2023 - 2:15pm

    Wet weather did not deter the Maine Obsolete Auto League from its Antique Auto Day at Boothbay Railway Village Museum July 15. Despite heavy mist and light rain, several dozen dedicated owners and enthusiasts came to show their love of vintage cars and meet old friends.

    Dennis Vieira said he and wife Pauline have been coming to the show for around 30 years, “every year without fail.” This year, they even missed a wedding to attend with their Edsel. Vieira, who drove from Auburn, New Hampshire, said he loves the ambiance of the Boothbay region and looks forward to meeting friends he normally does not get to see. He added, without car competitions or judging, the show is nice and laid back, which makes it a draw for him.

    Speakers blasted out vintage rock ’n’roll from the music tent while volunteers served up hot dogs and other concession items. Meanwhile, the Railway Village Antique Auto Museum drew visitors who wanted to see the local collection or just get out of the mist. They could even get there by train, which was running for much of the day. 

    Overall, 32 vintage cars were at the show, according to organizer Lee Patenaude, who said the event has been going on for almost half a century. The oldest vehicle at the show was a 1922 Chevrolet. Patenaude said while the event went well, turnout was down, and it has been at other car shows this year. He said this year’s wet weather is likely why.

    “Weather has a great deal to do with any car show,” he said. “People don’t want to take their cars out when it rains.”

    Mary King of Woolwich said she had been part of MOAL for 25 years and was treasurer for much of that time. She and husband Bob brought their 1965 Ford Falcon wagon. 

    She said COVID had an impact on years past, but some regulars returned this year. “I haven’t seem some for a year or two, but it was nice to see some of them again.”