Vintage Motorcar Festival
Once again, we are looking forward to the 23rd Klingberg Vintage Motorcar Festival on June 20. Thanks to our sponsors, scores of volunteers and more than 300 antique car owners that will show their works of art, not only will this be an exciting event to attend but it will raise significant funds in support of our work with children and families.
We will again focus on the important role dads play in the lives of their families, making this event a wonderful way to celebrate Father’s Day weekend. Grand Marshals Wayne and Bob Carini will be joined this year by one of Wayne’s daughters, Lindsay Cushing, making this a real family celebration.
The Vintage Motorcar Festival continues to gain notoriety for its emphasis upon featuring Concours d’Elegance quality vehicles. In 2014 there were more than 25 early brass-era and horseless carriages on display, as well as a variety of pre-war cars. The line-up of automobiles for 2015 promises to be just as great, with some unusual surprises.
The 2014 award for “Best in Show” went to an 1896 Armstrong. Manufactured in Bridgeport, CT, the Armstrong has highly sophisticated features including an electric self-starter, automatic ignition timing, an automatic clutch and a 6.5 liter engine. This car represents the very earliest, pioneering design known as the horseless carriage. Throughout the day you would see groups of several guys on their knees checking out the underpinnings of this truly vintage car. The Armstrong is scheduled to return again in 2015.
Our devotion to acknowledging the early days of U.S. automotive history attracted the attention of the National Geographic Channel, who came to film for a two-hour special called “Driving America” set to air in May just before our 2015 Festival. The producer and a film crew from Wayne Carini’s show “Chasing Classic Cars” were also on hand gathering footage for a 2015 season episode.