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Cradle of Aviation car show

A 1969 Chevy Nova owned by Jimmy Pinsky,

A 1969 Chevy Nova owned by Jimmy Pinsky, of Brooklyn, at the Cradle of Aviation Car Show (Sept. 25, 2011) (Credit: Michael Cusanelli )

The Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City is known for having vehicles with some serious horsepower, but this past weekend, the roar of the engines wasn’t coming from the planes on display.

The Long Island Sound Classics Club hosted a classic car show in the parking lot of the museum with dozens of cars on display for auto enthusiasts and museum goers alike to enjoy.

Vintage cars as old as the turn of the 20th century shared the lot with modern masterpieces such as a 2012 Ferrari 458 Italia.

PHOTOS: Cradle of Aviation car show

It was obvious how much these car owners loved and respected their vehicles. Many of them were being displayed with photo albums, memorabilia, and other trinkets that showed off the unique aspects of each car and its owner. Cars were separated into sections by decade, with the oldest cars displayed proudly at the front of the lot.

Even though all the cars at the show were all beautiful, my favorite was the 1969 purple Chevy Nova. The car took me back to the iconic days of American muscle cars, when the only thing that mattered to car owners was the size and sound of your engine. The car gave off a sense of power and speed that many of the other cars present at the show lacked. It was clear to see that in its day, the Nova was a force to be reckoned with on the road.

Tags: Michael Cusanelli , Car Show , Classic cars , Cradle of Aviation

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