A good day had at Disabled American Veterans fundraising car show Saturday
A 1979 Chevy Corvette, a 1939 Buick Roadmaster and 1930 Ford were among the vehicles on display on a clear, comfortable day at I Go Inn on South Shore Road.
Though winners were to be chosen, every owner got a sizeable participation trophy. Last year’s show brought in $289 for the DAV, said Larry Cross, coordinator of the 18th annual event.
One of the car owners was Ron Blinsinger Jr. of Northville, who came with his red 1979 Corvette.
“My dad was a Corvette nut” but never could afford to buy one, said Blinsinger.
When his father died, he left him money explicitly to buy a Corvette, he said. “I love the car,” he added. “It’s my baby.”
“It’s still an American icon, like a Ford Mustang,” he said. “It has the stingray style.”
Blinsinger said 53,804 1979 Corvettes were sold, the best year for that model.
Will and Sandy Platner of Corinth brought a 1961 Ford Falcon, which Sandy inherited from her mother.
“It drives great and handles great,” said Will. “You almost feel like you’re in the 1960s. It brings you back.”
He said he’s working on a 1963 Ford pickup and wants to give it a rusty patina look.
Jim Montenaro of Amsterdam drove in his 1939 Buick Roadmaster. “I’ve been going to car shows,” he said. “I’m not getting any younger so I decided to get a car.”
Gary Moltrup of Sprakers bought a 1930 Ford “in pieces.” The upper frame of the car is wood, and Moltrup said he made it look more refined than the original, giving the wood a little more flair than the boxy original. “It took me 11 months to build from original parts,” he said.
Don Moulton of Lake Luzerne was taking cellphone pictures of the cars to give him ideas for his own restorations. He said he restored a 1987 Chevy 4X4, and is working on a 1951 Chevy, and has some Volkwagon Beetles to work on.
On a more mournful note, Rick and Marilyn Leto of Johnstown bought a 1957 Ford Fairlane. Rick said it is “a tribute to our daughter,” Amanda Renee Leto, 26, who died unexpectedly of an illness on Aug. 13, 2018.
A tribute sign is written on the windshield, and the license plates bears the word “Roos,” her nickname. The couple plans to paint the car in dark metallic blue and white pearl, colors she would like.
“She just liked the old cars,” he said. “She was a really good kid. I miss her.”
“We’ll try to move on as best we can. We wanted to see the car every day as a reminder of her.”