Anecdotally, Holmes said the event drew more car owners than pavement space, so he is already hoping that he can secure even more of downtown Amesbury to close off and show off more cars.
Showing off their cars to other old car aficionados is one of the major motivations for the long, slow rides that car owners as far away as Maine took to make it in time.
One car owner with a relatively short drive was David Twombley of Byfield, the owner of a 1969 E Type Jaguar. The sedan features a 4.3-liter engine and a glossy, regency red paint job.
“It seems to bring out a lot of interest,” Twombley said. “Everybody wants to see the engine.”
Twombley said he drives his Jaguar about 10 times a year, mostly to attend other car shows. Asked whether owners of muscle cars, sports cars and other cars designed to race down highways actually go fast when driving on the highway, Twombley said most times owners take it slow.
“People are just trying to get there,” Twombley said.
Holmes said the car show gives people a chance to see cars made with a different mindset. Fuel economy and aerodynamics weren’t as crucial. Older cars were made with more steel, larger engines and more leg room.
“They’re not built right,” Holmes said of newer cars. “They’re plastic, they don’t have the nice lines.”