The Kindness of Car People

The Kindness of Car People

I just returned from an amazing weekend at the Audrain’s Concours and Motor Week in Newport, Rhode Island where I was invited out to be a class judge for the ’30 Under 30′ class, honoring cars with less than $30,000 spent on them by owners under 30 years old. A really refreshing idea for a Concours, if you ask me. The Saturday before the big event was a Cars & Coffee gathering at the historic Fort Adams State Park, and the turn out was absolutely epic… The locals are really into their cars! The one vehicle that stopped me in my tracks was 1957 Pontiac Safari wagon, just like mine (only way nicer, with more factory options, including power windows, tri-power and factory air!). The owner’s name was Wheeler, and he’s a die hard ’57 Pontiac Safari nut. He was there with his mom, a recent cancer survivor that drove an equally-nice, color-matching ’57 Star Chief coupe with her son. They restore these cars as a family, and we probably talked for a half hour about how rare they are, and how owners of old Pontiacs always help each other out. After another hour of looking at the rest of the show cars with a few of my fellow judges, it was time to leave, and we headed to the shuttle area giving rides back into town. A moment later we saw Wheeler and his mom pulling out, and they offered us a ride back in the matching Ponchos, even though it was out of their way. Our lead judge sitting in front decided to give them a pair of Concours tickets for the kindness of their ride, and it all reminded me of what I love about old cars in the first place. The people. The good ones like Wheeler and his mom…

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