Forever Young Cruisers (Westfield, MA)

Date Of Event: July 30, 2016

Location: Zuber’s Ice Cream And Deli, 98 Southwick Rd, Westfield, MA

Hours: Saturdays, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m (until October 1)

Cost: Free (but make sure to stop in at Zuber’s for a cone or treat)

Parking: There are about 15-20 parking spots

Time To Allot For Visit: About 30 minutes to an hour

Dog Friendly: Yes

Fun For One: Yes

Highlights: Really cool antique cars, located in the parking lot of an ice cream shop/deli (Zuber’s)

Lowlights: Not a lot of cars

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Summer means road trips, long days at the beach and car shows.  Yes, car shows.  Muscle cars and other hot rods are a staple of any summer road trip.

It was great seeing cars with the old gauges and front seat bench seating as opposed to the bucket seats we’ve all become accustomed to.  It reminded me of the old Delta 88 I used to tool around in.  I still miss that car.

Whenever I see older cars, I wonder what memories are attached to them.  How many first dates were they driven on?  How many times did different families pile in her en route to the destinations?

We attach so many memories and emotions to our cars.  They’re more than just steel and iron to us (now they are more than just plastic and aluminum).  Old cars, even if we never owned them or rode in them, bring us back to our earlier, more carefree days.  I wonder how many special memories are attached to these cars.

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There were only about a dozen or so cars.  So, if you’re looking to see a wide variety of cars you might be out of luck.  But, what the event lacked in quantity it made up for in quality of cars like this 1970 Roadrunner, 440 engine.

 

One of the things I really liked was how the owners of the vehicles dressed up their vehicles and added decor and dolls from the era or that have something in common with their vehicle.  For instance, the owner of the Road Runner pictured above has a bunch of Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote dolls in the backseat of his car.

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The owner of this AMC 1973 Javelin dressed up his car with Bettie Boop collectibles.

This Buick Series 60 went with the traditional fuzzy dice motif

I have no idea what the motif of this decor is

This race car, which the owner still races, has a Chevrolet frame.  But, it is made of mostly custom parts.

It did the Kessel Run in 7.88.  Oh, sorry that was Han Solo I was thinking of.  This car actually did a quarter mile in 7.88 (the number light up in the back side back window of the car) for a not so shabby 137 miles per hour.

This ’32 Roadster was the oldest vehicle that I could confirm at the car show.  The owner was especially proud of the license plate.

A lot of the car owners are very proud of their vehicles and they have lots and lots of stories of their experiences in their cars (driving and otherwise).  Often times, just talking to these people can be as entertaining as looking at the cars.  It gives the cars some personality when you can talk to the people who drive them and hear about their driving experiences.

As an added bonus, you can stop by Zuber’s and get a cone or sandwich after looking over the cars!

Since it opened in 2006, Zuber”s has been serving up sandwiches, ice cream and a variety of other items to people from Westfield and surrounding areas.  What makes the shop so cool is that it doesn’t just sell sandwiches and a variety of sweets.  You can get your food to go or you can eat it in their outdoor dining area.  They also sell everything from birdhouses to toys in their bargain section.  You never know what you’ll find when you visit.  And, if you’re like me and you like to collect things, you never know what you’ll end up going home with.

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About New England Nomad

Hi I'm Wayne. Welcome to my blog. I am a true New Englander through and through. I love everything about New England. I especially love discovering new places in New England and sharing my experiences with everyone. I tend to focus on the more unique and lesser known places and things in New England on my blog. Oh yeah, and I love dogs. I always try to include at least one dog in each of my blog posts. I discovered my love of photography a couple of years ago. I know, I got a late start. Now, I photograph anything that seems out of the ordinary, interesting, beautiful and/or unique. And I have noticed how every person, place or thing I photograph has a story behind it or him or her. I don't just photograph things or people or animals. I try to get their background, history or as much information as possible to give the subject more context and meaning. It's interesting how one simple photograph can evoke so much. I am currently using a Nikon D3200 "beginner's camera." Even though there are better cameras on the market, and I will upgrade some time, I love how it functions (usually) and it has served me well. The great thing about my blog is you don't have to be from New England, or even like New England to like my blog (although I've never met anyone who doesn't). All you have to like is to see and read about new or interesting places and things. Hopefully, you'll join me on my many adventures in New England! View all posts by New England Nomad

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