WAYLAND — The Wayland Rotary Club had a successful car show on Aug. 26 with good old tunes and classic cars.
There were 57 cars that came from all over the Finger Lakes to be part of this event.
Many of the car owners hope to come again since they had such a nice time at the show.
Jeremy Perkins of Hammondsport brought his 1951 Ford called The Grey Ghost that he refurbished using things around the house.
“I bought the cab and frame back in 1994. I started working on it with my dad and brother,” he said. “My dad got me interested in doing this. I have taken this out the last three years to car shows.”
He used a halloween table cloth to spray on the skeleton design on the hood. He used a bunch of other household items to restore The Grey Ghost.
Perkins said he has brought The Grey Ghost out to Wayland before.
Bob Saxons of Branchport won best of show and fifth place at the Wayland Car Show with his 1951 Packard.
Saxons said he bought the valiant green beauty a year ago and thought it would be a beautiful drive to show it off at the car show.
Saxons owned Studebakers most of his life, and chose to switch to the Packard. His grandparents always owned Packards.
“I had a Studebaker my whole life, and decided I needed a hobby in school, so I started collecting them and Packards,” he said. “I have always driven these kinds of cars. Everyone’s taste in cars is different.”
Saxons said Packards were built from 1899 to 1956 in Detroit. It changed to Studebaker in 1958.
“In the 1920s and 1930s the Packard was the car to drive, but they had a lot of high-end competition,” he said. “It was tough to compete with Ford, General Motors, and Lincoln back then.”
Saxons really wanted another Studebaker but saw this fully restored beauty online and decided to grab it.
“My grandparents always had a Packard and bought them until they went out of business,” he said. “My grandpa had a 1950s one, so this reminds me of the one he always drove around.”
There is a special Packard's meet in Detroit every year, and Saxons said he really wants to take his down there.
Don Schwendy of Geneseo brought his wife’s 1971 Chevy Corvette.
“My wife got this car brand-new in Avon. She is too scared to drive it now, because of all the kids on their phones when driving,” he said. “It has the original paint, and we have kept up with the maintenance all this time. We just replaced the top, and it cost us half of what the car cost brand-new.”
Schwendy added that the Good Ole Boys Club has modified all of their cars, and he wishes that they would leave it as the original.
“I wish my wife would drive this car still,” he said. “I don’t make it to many car shows, because I am more interested in old tractors. I grew up on the farm, and we used to drive tractors around everywhere. I built a tractor for my senior project and drove it to school. My father had me on a tractor when I was eight years old.”
Corey Mark Farms provided the red and white potatoes for the car show, and they sold like hotcakes.
Mike Mortimer created the lovely car show trophies that consisted of 10 places, a spectator award, and a best of show. R.C. Newton of Scio won the 50/50 raffle.
Jim Saunders of Dansville won the spectator award, Bob Saxons of Branchport won the best of show award, the rest go from tenth to first place for participant awards; Jacob Sterner of Dansville, Mark Sipple of Erie, Jim DiSalvo of Geneseo, Karl Hackey of Konana, Archie Cleland of Avoca, Bob Saxons of Branchport, Scott Morse of Hornell, Les Hunt of Wayland, Judy Riley of Johnson City, and Ken and Barb Malone of Springwater.