It would be easy to classify Bill Aprile of Brentwood as an auto enthusiast. As a vintage car owner and toy car collector, Aprile embodies the spirit of NY AutoFest. “I grew up with old cars,” said Aprile, who owns a bright red 1959 Cadillac Convertible. “You just don’t see too many of these things anymore.”
NY AutoFest is a series of car shows that take place across Long Island during the summer and fall. Participants are judged in over 30 different classes, and a portion of each show‘s proceeds is donated to a different charitable organization.
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New York AutoFest at Stelhi Beach this weekend was the 14th and last AutoFest show of the year, wrapping up the third successive year of the popular car expo. “It’s a great gathering of Long Island automotive enthusiasts,” said Leo Cerruti, the President of NY AutoFest. “It’s [about] everybody showing off their hard work.”
Show attendees brought over 30 vintage and modern cars to be displayed, ranging from coupes to muscle cars and high performance sports cars. Some owners even adorned their vehicles with Halloween decorations such as skulls and wings to celebrate the holiday season. Even though fall was well under way, the hot sun gleamed brightly off of the cars as their owners lovingly polished shining hubcaps and windshields.
While some attendees brought their cars to be judged, many others came to enjoy the beautiful weather and to trade stories and advice with other collectors. “Win or lose, it doesn’t matter,” said Denis Doney of West Babylon, who had his 2011 Chevy Camaro on display. “I want people to know what a modern car is all about.”