Car show rolls on despite cancellation
Questionable weather — and even an official cancellation — didn’t detour Sunday’s taste of Caffeine & Carburetors.
The car show in downtown New Canaan drew about 30 cars despite the cancellation, attracting a number of families and auto fans along Pine Street.
“I come here every event,” said Jeff Dixon of New Canaan. “I love it.”
“We skipped church to come,” said Diana Winalski of New Canaan, who brought her 8-year-old son Jack. “He’s really into cars.”
“I just think that they’re cool,” Jack said.
“I just love (this) event,” he said. “I love seeing the kids asking questions and interacting … There’s something special about being downtown.”
Some of the local merchants were disappointed by the cancellation.
“They were a little upset because we bring in thousands of people on a Sunday,” said Doug Zumbach, who co-organizes the event. “But the weather changes.”
“We’ve become a significant town event,” said Peter Bush, co-organizer. “This is our sixth year,” with an average of 700 vintage and unique vehicles usually in attendance.
“It’s sparsely attended,” noted Doug Defeis, who came from Brooklyn, N.Y. “Weather was threatening and a lot of roadsters with soft tops obviously didn’t want to get caught in the rain.”
He said one rainstorm can result in a car owner having to do some restoration work all over again.
Bush said there are several reasons people are drawn to old cars, including “longing for an earlier time.”
Vintage cars, he said, can also prove to be worthwhile investments, especially in a town such as New Canaan where a quantity of disposable income offers a chance to fulfill a collector’s dream.
“They’re part of a portfolio …” he said. “It’s a safe investment, isn’t it? They never seem to go down in value.”
Cost aside, most of car owners seemed to put the most value on being able to share their love of the classics, especially at this particular show, which is composed less of car experts than of those who simply like to see them.
“It’s relaxed,” said John Maloney of the Springdale section of Stamford. “There’s no judgment.”