Antique Autos in History Park - Sunday, September 9th

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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Ivan Jorgensen on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 05:47 pm:

This upcoming Sunday is Antique Autos in History Park hosted by the Santa Clara Valley Model T Ford Club. This is the 14th year of this event.

The variety and quantity of cars at this event makes it a fabulous event to attend.


If you have not been to this event, it is a must.

Some pictures and info from last years event:

Here is a short description of last years event:


Is the number 13 considered a lucky number? For the 13th annual Antique Autos in History Park, it certainly was. The sunny and very warm day on Sunday, September 8, 2013 brought out many spectators to History Park to see a variety of makes and models of stock pre-1946 vehicles. This year the show featured 100 year plus "orphan" automobiles and antique Rolls-Royces and Bentleys. An "orphan" automobile is one whose manufacturer no longer exists. Lining the street next to the light tower were a 1900 steam powered Locomobile, a1901 Curved Dash Olds, a 1906 Krotz, a 1909 Brush and a 1913 Cole. These were the automobiles that spearheaded the development of the automotive industry.

The second featured vehicles this year were antique Rolls-Royce and Bentley automobiles. On display in the "arena of excellence" were a 1926 RR, a 1926 Bentley, a 1927 RR and a 1929 Shooting-Brake RR. John Carey led off the presentation with a review of Rolls-Royce autos in general and then spoke about his shooting-brake model. Ed Archer followed with additional information about RRs and his 1926. Both spoke about the myths surrounding Rolls-Royces.

Starting the day's events was the dance performance of the Swing Cats who danced the Charleston and the Swing. This was followed by the music of the Toot Sweet Jazz Band that played music of the '20s and '30s as people strolled the grounds of History Park. And this year the Memory Lane Quartet strolled the grounds serenading the guests with barbershop harmony. Lining the streets of History Park were 157 antique autos, 2 antique fire trucks and 4 antique motorcycles. And, as in previous years, the Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Association brought out their antique hit-and-miss engines to power everything from large saws to washing machines. A very big hit in the early day gas engine area was the display and operation of a World War I Liberty V12 engine.

Three blacksmiths forged iron into useful designs while spectators looked on. The print shop operated early day printing presses and gave visitors souvenirs to remember the day. As in past events, there were great displays of antique collectibles and demonstrations of early-day crafts. Most of the vintage buildings were open for viewing and the trolley took young and old on a memorable ride. Luke Rizzuto gave a presentation on The Longest Race Tour Re-Done.

Toward the end of the event, Vicki Wildman was recognized for the most interesting vintage ladies outfit. Ted Nunes received recognition for the most interesting vintage man's outfit and the judge's choice went to the Bhirdo family. Our thanks to Karen Archer for agreeing to be the costume judge this year.

We wish to thank everyone who came, who brought a fine automobile and who helped to work the event. We hope to see you again next year.

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