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July 1, 2013

Car show draws curb appeal

AMESBURY — From Corvettes to Cougars and Thunderbirds to Model T’s, Market Square and portions of the Upper Millyard were transformed into a rolling museum yesterday at the Amesbury Days car show displaying 100 years of automotive history.

Dozens of cars filled every available parking spot in Market Square, just before the rotary, and made its way up to the Main Street-Friend Street split. More cars were found past the archway into the Upper Millyard and up past Flatbread Pizza Co.

There were cars for all tastes yesterday: muscle cars, foreign beauties, rusty farm trucks, long Cadillacs with outrageous fins, low riders and cars with chopped roofs. Thousands of people mulled around the square, many taking photos of their favorite cars, from the show’s 10 a.m. start to 2 p.m.

All the attention was great news for car show co-organizer Bob Holmes of Ring Reckers. Formed in 1955, the old car club has organized many car shows including a similar one held just after last year’s Amesbury Days celebration at Landry Memorial Stadium. Holmes said shortly after last year’s show, it was felt by club organizers that the event would attract more car owners and visitors if it were held in a more visible location. That prompted lengthy negotiations with city officials who agreed to shut off the heart of downtown with the idea the event would be a part of Amesbury Days.

Their idea turned out to be right on the money as Holmes said this year’s event drew a larger crowd and more participants. As to how may cars took part, Holmes said he wasn’t sure.

“A lot!” he said.

As visitors checked out the large collection of antique cars, music from a different era could be heard from blaring radios inside cars and from a musician playing hits from the ’50s and ’60s inside the Upper Millyard. Vendors selling toy cars, hot dogs, pizza and other items were also part of the fun.

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