The Bristol Press – Roaring 20s Antique & Classic Car Club celebrates 50th anniversary
SOUTHINGTON — When Tony Carneiro was 12, he spotted a 1957 Chevy Bel Air and decided to get one for himself.
Several years later, the Wethersfield resident sat proudly behind his own hardtop model at the 50th annual Roaring 20’s Antique and Classic Car Club car show and swap, held at Southington Drive -In Sunday.
Carneiro lovingly restored the ’57 Chevy in 1998 and painted it a crisp blue hue.
“It was a 10-year project,” he explained.
His girlfriend Jessica Goodrich drove them both to Sunday’s event, as Carneiro lost his sight shortly after the restoration was completed.
“It’s great fun to drive,” she said. “We always do all the benefits of the auto show. We met a lot of new people.
The Roaring 20s Antique and Classic Car Club planned to donate some of the funds raised at the show to Southington Bread for Life, a non-profit organization that provides meals to people in need.
Trophies sponsored by Connecticut Cruise News were awarded to the rarest and most spectacular cars, including Augie Vagnini’s 1955 Ford Crown Victoria.
The Middlebury resident humbly accepted the award, one of many he received for the car.
“It’s unique; you don’t see a lot of this pattern,” Vagnini pointed out.
It took him six and a half years to restore it to perfect condition.
Car owners at the show swapped restoration stories and statistics, finding common ground among strangers.
“This is our 50th anniversary car show,” said club member Bob D’Amico. “We’re really excited to do this today.”
While many auto shows don’t have a cut-off year and welcome new muscle and sporty cars, the Roaring 20s Antique and Classic Car Club has stayed true to its name.
The closing year of this show was 1985, so all models on site were made at least 37 years ago.
The club’s mailing address is in Milldale, although members come from all over Central CT.
For the past 50 years, The Roaring 20’s has offered dash plaques to participating show car owners. Special this year, in honor of its 50th anniversary, attendees had the opportunity to bring home rare plaques from past shows throughout the club’s history.
Erica Drzewiecki can be reached at [email protected]