Today, the car is one of only four 1911 models known to still exist, but it only just came back to Amesbury about two years ago. Prior to that, the car was a part of a larger collection, but Bailey and his cousin Jonathan bought the car in 2011 when they found out that the man who owned the car had passed away and his collection was being sold off at auction in Texas.
“This guy dropped the magazine off at my office and I was like ‘holy mackerel!’” Bailey said. “Because I was saying maybe there’s another car out there that I knew of, but it happened to be one of the four that I knew existed.”
Though Picard’s 1967 Pontiac GTO wasn’t manufactured in Amesbury, it does have local connections. The car was originally manufactured at a General Motors plant in Framingham, and since Picard first bought it from his cousin about 17 years ago, he has kept it and several other cars in a private garage he owns on Clinton Street, where he works to keep them in as nice condition as possible.
“Wayne Barbaro and his family own this whole complex, and Wayne and I have owned this private car shop for about 15 years now,” Picard said, referring to the owner of Amesbury Chair on Clinton Street. “We enjoy it, it’s our outlet to get away from things and just do the things we really enjoy doing.” While Picard recently moved to New Hampshire, he still owns a business in Amesbury.
While Picard and Bailey have trophy cases filled with awards, neither is expecting to take home any hardware this weekend. Both said they are looking forward to the chance to spend the weekend surrounded by people who share their passion for classic cars.
“My wife Doris and are going in, along with Bart and his wife,” Picard said. “It’s going to be quite a day, we’re looking forward to it.”