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58th Annual Antique Car Show :: Celebrate in Stowe



You may recall my secret desires as a young lad as expressed in my blog about last year’s 57th Antique Car Show where I confessed a deep attraction towards a 1967 Corvette – a desire that, over the years, seem to give way to financial and emotional maturity, thus never fulfilled. Nonetheless, you have to admit this was a very cool car.

But long before reaching college where the Corvette picture hung on my wall, there was the 1952 Hudson Hornet. (Hudson who? Who knows?) A hand-me-down from grandparents who were no longer driving, this became our unexpected second car. This, it would turn out, would be the car I would use when taking my first driver’s test.
Driver’s tests were simple in those days – read the pamphlet, answer the questions – no problem. Eye exam was a waste of time for 16 year-old eyes, and driving a couple of blocks was….well, also a waste of time. However there was one element of the driver’s test that was a bit challenging. The parallel parking test. (Do they still have that?).

How do you parallel paAntiqueCarShow32015rk a 3,620 pound, 17.3 feet long, 6 ½ feet wide beast with no power steering? Carefully and with a lot of practice. I knew it would be the toughest part of the test. Despite sweaty palms and an accelerated heart rate, remarkably I passed. Immediately this tank-like vehicle became the taxi for four of us to attend all away basketball games for our high school team. (We won the state championship that year.)

But the Hornet had its peculiarities. About 30% of the time when you stopped at a stop light the car would unexpectedly die. And then it wouldn’t start, despite constant cranking. After several embarassing moments as captain of the Hornet taxi – losing some face with the lads – we diagnosed the problem. The engine wasn’t getting enough air. Thus, we became a veritable pit crew. The lads poured out of the car, one lifted and held the hood, another removed and remained at the ready with the canister on top of the carburetor that contained air filters which probably had become totally dirt, and a third held the butterfly valve in the carburetor 30% open and I cranked the engine again. Success! We could even do this in the time it took for the light to change. Impressive crew.

Such is the zeal with which I approach this 58th annual event in Stowe, VT!

The 58th Stowe Annual Antique Car Show is a perennial favorite in Stowe, Vermont. After 57 years, Stowe has gotten pretty good at capturing some of the most interesting Antique cars from all over the U.S. while making the show quite charming. After a restorative night’s sleep and healthy breakfast at Stone Hill Inn, which this May was among the first to ever be inducted into the Trip Advisor Hall of Fame for performance excellence, you are ready for a full day of Stowe and the Antique car show!

Over 800 antique & classic cars are on display flanked by food concessions, giant automotive Flea Market, and the Car Corral. Stowe, Vermont has hosted the Vermont Automobile Enthusiasts, Inc. Antique and Classic Car Meet for more than 50 years. It is one of the largest and oldest in New England and has become a cherished summer tradition in Stowe. The show will be located on Nichols Field, Route 100, South of Stowe Village. Be sure to book a stay with us at the Stone Hill Inn for your weekend!

Some of the events that take place are:

Automobile Judging
Vintage Fashion Judging
Flea Market & Car Corral
Automobile Parade Awards Ceremony
Street Dance Saturday night from 7 – 10p
(closed to traffic but the cars will be there!)


57th Annual Antique and Classic Car Show

Stowe Car Show

August 8-10, 2014

As a young lad in college I had a small picture of a 1964 Corvette convertible hanging on my dorm room wall, just above the army barracks bed that I had fortified with a piece of ¾” plywood to prevent the cushy 4” mattress from sagging. classic car show in Stowe VT

Corvettes during those hormone-driven days, especially romantic convertibles, often held my attention longer than polysci or english lit.  The 1964 Corvette was both luxurious and beyond cool.  It came with a standard three-speed manual transmission, a 327 engine, which when fuel injected generated 360 HP – and fuel mileage probably less than 20?

However, as I look back on Corvettes, I like the 1967 version best – the one pictured above.  In mid-March of 1965, Chevrolet’s Mark IV big-block was first offered in the C2, displacing 396 cubic inches and rated at 425hp. For 1966, the thundering 427 was released in 390hp and 425hp varieties. In 1967, the 427 was offered with 390, 400 or 435hp.  (Feb 2010 Hemmings Motor News.)  You can only imagine the tasty fuel mileage from this rocket!

Alas, I never bought a corvette; only drove one once (1964 with the 327 engine).  Today I require much more practicality in my transportation (2008 used Honda Pilot), but if I can finish my Stone Hill Inn chores early, I might slip down to see what the corvettes look like in the Stowe, VT., 57th Annual Antique and Classic Car Show.  August 8-10.

After 56 years, this Stowe car show has gotten pretty good at capturing some of the most interesting Antique cars from all over the U.S. while making the show quite charming.  After a restorative night’s sleep and healthy breakfast at our Stowe inn, you are ready for a full day of Stowe and the Antique car show!  Here’s the line-up for the event (only cars 1989 and earlier may enter the judging):


Friday, August 8:

7 am to 6 pm – eats!  Food concessions.

8 am to 6 pm – vehicle registration

8 am to sunset – flea market open (non-automotive items not permitted – of course!!)


Saturday, August 9:

7 am to 6 pm – eats!  Food concessions.

8 am to 3:30 pm – vehicle registration

8 am to 5:00 pm – flea market open (non-automotive items not permitted – of course!!

10:30 Fashion show judging at Nichols field (costumes must be of the same era as the year of your vehicle – sort of!)

11:00 Hot Wheels racing.

1:00 pm – Senior class judging and youth judging

3:30 pm  Parade leaves the field on the parade route – past the review stand and down to Main street Stowe. 

7:00 pm  10 pm – Street dance in Stowe village. (We’ll show you the back way into Stowe if you’re dining at one of the local restaurants.)


Sunday, August 10:

7 am to 4 pm – eats!  Food concessions.

8 am to 4:00 pm – flea market and car corral

9:00 – technical judging begins

11:00 – valve cover racing

Early afternoon:  Awards ceremony; three awards per class


Well, I’m not sure if the 1967 Vette, pictured above, will be part of this year’s Stowe car show.  But if so, that’s where you will likely find me!!