Friday, September 19, 2014

Nostalgic cars in abundance at the Windham Car Show - By Michelle Libby

The 21st Annual Windham Car Show saw over 300 cars from antique autos build before 1949 to muscle cars and everything in between last Sunday behind the Windham Mall. Hundreds of people stopped by to catch a look at the cars from their youth and to salivate over restored beauties. 
“It’s nice to see the fantastic appreciation for all the cars we grew up with. It’s nice to see a true survivor just like us,” said Dean Martin of Westbrook, who likes the big block Chevys. Dan Burnell from Portland likes Chevys as well, but he really likes the old classic cars, he said. 

Car shows allow people to check out their favorite cars all in one place. 

“I have actually seen a few cars I’ve never seen before,” said Mark Herring. 

Frank Jimino, a local mechanic, has been coordinating judges for the event since his children were in school, now his grandchildren are in school. “There’s nice stuff, like always,” he said. “Hopefully the boosters made money.” Jimino also said he likes to watch the crowds and their reactions to the cars. This year he had 20 judges to judge four classes and an overall winner. 

Bill Webber from Gorham won the Best in Show prize with his 1966 Shelby GT 350 Mustang.
Arthur and Debbie Vaughan brought their Jeep to the event, but Debbie said she likes the ’55 and ’56 Chevys. 
“I’d go for a Camaro any day,” Arthur admitted. 

Robert Sanborn from Scarborough has been doing car shows and restoring his truck for 10 years. The first time he attended a show he said he was a Plain Jane. After adding ghost flames and lowering the body 2 and a half inches. “There’s not much I haven’t done to it,” Sanborn said. 

Sanborn likes the smaller shows because they are a lot of fun and the people are nice. It’s always nice to get a trophy, but mostly it’s about the organization the money benefits. 

The Windham-Raymond Athletic Boosters raised approximately $8,800 for items not budgeted for in the athletic budget at RSU14.

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