The 61st Annual Antique and Classic Car Show, sponsored by the Chemung Valley Region chapter of the Antique Automobile Club of America at Arkport Village Park, proved that age no longer defines a classic car.

ARKPORT – Modern Mustangs and pickup trucks — even an electric car — parked alongside vintage vehicles at a car show in Arkport on Sunday, redefining the term “classic.”

The 61st Annual Antique and Classic Car Show, sponsored by the Chemung Valley Region chapter of the Antique Automobile Club of America at Arkport Village Park, proved that age no longer defines a classic car.

Lisa Wolfe of Painted Post drove her bright red 2007 Roush Stage 2 Ford Mustang to the show. The self-described “car nut” explained what makes a Roush vehicle a performance car.

“They buy Mustangs directly from Ford and take them to the Roush plant, and they add new suspensions making it more for auto cross and better handling, and they upgrade the engines,” she said.

Wolfe’s car sports autographs from Jack Roush and from members of the Roush NASCAR racing team on the center console. Wolfe said that she has drag raced with the car and has taken it to Mustang Week in Myrtle Beach and to the All-Ford National event in Pennsylvania.

“Oh, it puts a smile on my face every time. You can’t help but smile when you are driving this car. It’s exhilarating. It’s very fast. It’s very powerful. It’ll smoke the tires all the way up the road if you want, but it handles beautifully because of the Roush racing suspension,” she said.

Wolfe said she became a Mustang fan when she became a mother, definitely defying the minivan-mom stereotype.

“Before this, I had a Corvette, but actually when I had my daughter I had to have something with a backseat, so I tried different sports cars that had a backseat, and I fell in love with the Mustang.”

Several rows away, Tom Jamison of Canisteo defied the classic car stereotype by displaying his 2013 Chevrolet Volt, an electric car. Jamison’s experience predicts an evolution in the definition of classics.

“I used to have a ’63 Corvette convertible, and I’d bring it here. I sold that last September, and I’ve owned the electric car, and I thought, ‘This is different. I’ll bring it out.’”

Jamison said that in seven months last year, he “gassed up only four times,” adding that the car, built on a Chevy Cruze frame, gets a “54 miles per gallon overall fuel ratio,” and is noted for being virtually silent.

“An electric is totally quiet. There’s no noise. The tire noise against the road is the only thing you hear,” a fact he proved when the car whispered past the show’s awards ceremony without making a sound.

Jamison said that electric cars may someday have classic status alongside Model T’s and muscle cars.

“Possibly. I think you’re going to find the country will go electric. We’re going to have to,” he said.

Until then, however, majestic hood ornaments, ethanol-free exhaust and gleaming chrome will be the hallmarks of classic cars.

The majority of the 54 trophies handed out at the end of the Arkport show fit the traditional definitions of classic and antique.

Jim Claire, president of the Chemung Valley Region Car Club and the car show co-chair remarked, “It went great. We had beautiful weather. We had 117 cars in the show which is an excellent crowd. All the participants get a choice to vote for three of their favorite cars. We tally all the votes up, and those with the most votes receive the awards.”

Crowd favorites received the trophies which featured model cars mounted on commemorative plaques. Clyde Clemons of Wellsville was recognized for his Dodge Dart. Great-grandson Trenton Griffin clapped enthusiastically when the trophy was placed on his stroller.

For the past few years, children have formed young judges’ panels at the show. This year, one group of young judges awarded first place to Bob and Annette Buckley Sr. of Savona for their 1956 Ford Fairlane.

In addition to cars, the show recognized one person. Wilbur R. Nelson Jr. of Avoca and his 1936 Ford Roadster were honored on the show’s t-shirts and dashboard plaques.

“We honor one of our members each year, and we go by the order they joined the club. We move up through the years, and it was his turn this year,” Claire explained.

Wilbur, who is “nearly” 87 years old, has been a club member since 1993. His Roadster did not make it to the show, but Nelson did, along with two Ford Thunderbirds, one a sky blue 1957 model.

“They only built 1,499 of them. That’s all they ever built, so there must be only six or seven hundred left, and I’m lucky to own it — but they payment book is like the Sears catalog,” Nelson said, expanding his hands to indicate the payment book’s thickness.

Other winners at the show include

Best of Show: Richard Kling of Wellsville for his 1932 Pontiac 302 Sedan Summerfest Choice: Bob Gysel of Canandaigua for his 1955 Chevy DelRay Allegany County Grange Choice Award: Lois and Keith Chapman of Arkport for their 1931 Model A Tudor

Curt Butler Jr. Award: Gerry and Marion Haskins of Genesee, Penn. for their 1991 Ford F-150 In Memory of Deceased Club Members Award: Tex and Ellen Partridge of Beaver Dams for their 1956 Dodge Custom Royale

As each award was handed out, the crowd of car owners and spectators applauded both for the recipients and for the many Arkport and Hornell-area businesses that sponsored the show.