Car enthusiasts and Baldwin residents attended the final car show this year sponsored by the Baldwin Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Rockville Center / Baldwin Rotary Club last Sunday at Baldwin Park.
The car show started on 24 June and ran till the end of August. Paul Lizzio, the Rotary Club co-president and a chamber member who oversees the program each week, said public turnout was low throughout the season, picking up the last three shows.
Lizzio said he believes the Covid-19 crisis affected the turnout, noting that the car show was canceled last year. “It was a bit of a struggle to get people here…” he said. “It started moving towards the end. I think people are still afraid to go outside in general.” He also noted that other cars on Long Island show a suffocating appearance.
For the final three car shows, Gala Fresh presented a $75 gift card to the winner and a $15 gift card to the runner-up. 2 Commissioner and Baldwin firefighter Jerry Brown took first place with his black ’48 Chevy, and Baldwin Fire Commissioner Robert Quackenbush took second place with his blue and white ’55 Chevy.
Robert Quackenbush stated that he restored his entire vehicle since acquiring it in 1995, as it was a metallic blue, but he repainted it from the original color. He said, “My grandson loves to ride it, so I had to put a seatbelt on the back seat… My 17-year-old is asking to drive it, but since it’s a manual, I want him to drive an automatic.” learn to do.”
Baldwinite Dukens Merise and her friend Ralph Israel LaFleur unexpectedly strayed into the car show, as the bold vehicle colors captivated them from their day at the park. Merris, who works at a mechanic’s shop, said, “I’m not an expert, but I’m really into muscle cars… I love Ford Mustangs. Back in the day, these cars were tough, they were tough. The transmission and engine were well built.
Maris’ favorite car at the show was owner Carmine Pugliese, who has lived in Baldwin for nearly 30 years, and previously attended the car show Thursday night with his wife Debbie Pugliese with a ’65 Ford Mustang, who all The cars displayed were taken pictures. He said he bought it in 1992 and uses it “almost as a daily driver; it has about 300,000 miles on it.”
Christopher Wells, who attended car shows before selling his vehicle two years ago, said he enjoyed being a spectator at the car show. “A car show for mechanics is like a horse-lover going to see horse races,” he said. “In my mind, I’m doing 120 with these cars.”
Ray Lignosky has a ’64 Pontiac GTL. He has owned the car since 1983 and since then attends car shows two to three times a year. He said he had to scrap the original and replace most of the parts with the originals. “My friends and I would go upstairs, go to the local junkyard with the money, and just load up the parts,” he said.
The event was free to the public with a suggested donation of $5. The chamber was funded by community programs, such as its Veterans Banner program, which began this year.