Loving old cars

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It’s not for everybody — that is spending endless hours of working under the hood, the dash or the undercarriage of a vehicle.

Then there’s the work on the body of the car or truck, grinding, fixing holes with body filler, putty and primer before painting.

No, the work isn’t done even then. There’s the paint finish and later the waxing and buffing for a finish that you can see your reflection in.

For car buffs, getting that antique or unique car or truck to purr like a kitten or maybe rumble like a lion is actually music to their ears. Getting that automobile all shined up is actually what they love to do, especially when the comments start rolling in at a car show.

The late Joe MacNeil had a passion for fixing up old vehicles and had a number of them that dated back to the early 1900s.

It was that passion that resulted in a collection of his vehicles that are usually displayed in his name and are expected in the show again this year.

What’s really unique about the car show in Stephenville is that it is held right on Main Street, which is closed off to traffic for the day  Saturday.

The cars are parked right on the street to give lots of room for people to have a good look at them and appreciate the work that avid owners put into them.

This year an addition to the car show is a motorcycle display that will be set up on Zion Drive, a street that juts from Main Street directly across from Byrnes Shoe Store.

Already it’s expected there will be more than 100 vehicles in the car show, with a large number of motorcycles to boot. There’s lots of interest in motorcycles these days, so that should be a great addition.

The show is expected to run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (weather permitting) with live music.

No, it’s certainly not for everyone as there are people who believe that old automobiles are junk, yet others don’t want to let the past be forgotten and take great pride in the restoration of vehicles that will never be made the same again.

It’s a personal thing and up to each and every person if they want to attend and perhaps even end up a bit nostalgic in the process.

Geographic location: Stephenville

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