The day of June 16 dawned with a sun-filled generosity. Who could not be in a good mood on such a morning. Studiers of weather patterns saw a blue sky dotted with woolly white clouds identified as cumulus—your reporter recently learned that these little fluffy clouds presage the finest of days. And so it was.
Some cars pulled in early. On a swift glance across the first row the vehicles were making at 9 a.m., there was a yellow and red number that shone out in the early morning light, but many more were to arrive on Mel Freilich and Caren Raphael’s meadow before the day was out.
Last year, only the stalwarts showed up. It was a drizzly day. But this year, whether it was the weather or a general desire to get out and show their beauty, all kinds of new gorgeous vehicles made their appearance.
Taking the coveted People’s Choice Award was Andy White of Cochecton, NY, for his 1951 Studebaker Pickup. Andy has a restoration business and the quality of his work was evident and recognized.
Four Special Recognition Awards were given out. Among them were: Mark Womer from Phillipsburg, NJ, for his 1964 Ford Falcon Sprint with a 289 and four speed. Originally a California car, it was real nice.
The second winner was Mike Leonard of Equinunk, PA, for his 1932 Oldsmobile with a straight 8 engine. Mike bought it at a classic car auction in Wyoming. The third was Don Kaszner of Equinunk for his 1929 Ford Model A Sport Coupe. Don added another trophy to his growing collection. The fourth winner was Bill Simon of Hancock, NY, for his 1965 Ford Mustang. Bill took his mustang from a basket case to being featured in a Mustang magazine.
Another Award was given for Outstanding Paint. There were three finalists for this category in the running with the winner being Andy White of Cochecton, NY, winning for his 1970 AMC Javelin. The color of his Javelin was the AMC trademarked “Big Bad Orange.” Andy also won the People’s Choice award for his 1951 Studebaker Pickup.
One final mention, as the deep roar and hum was heard from the cars as they wended their way back down the pot-holed road from the site of the car show—despite repeated conversations with and assurances from PennDOT concerning the conditions on Pine Mill Road, nothing was done to fix the holes—a peacock blue Thunderbird, unmentioned in the above accolades, came to a number of minds. As indeed did so many others of these works of art, engineering and ingenuity, care and creativity. A blessed day.
Thanks to Mel Freilich and Caren Raphael for the use of their lovely property, to Jim Balakian for providing visitor parking on his land, and, as always, to our sponsors: C. Neer RV, Equinunk; Dobkowski's Hot Rod Shop, LLC, Alabaster, Alabama; The Equinunk Emporium; Jim and Donna LaBar, Waymart; Menotti Tire, Honesdale; Donna Newport’s Hair Salon, Equinunk; St. Clair Graphics, Honesdale; Town & Country Energy, Equinunk; Wayne County Ready Mix Concrete Co.