Owners beamed like proud parents as car enthusiasts gathered around to admire gleaming and souped-up antique autos on Sunday at the Sea Cliff Fire Department’s first Antique Car and Truck Show at Tappen Beach in Glenwood Landing.
The show’s assembly ranged from a 1922 Mack truck to a 1965 Pontiac GTO to several Corvettes from the 1950s.
“I’ve been going to the one in Great Neck for 20 years, and I like this one because it’s a nice variety,” said Emanuel Setlow, 63, of Great Neck.
“It’s nostalgia. It brings you back when they build good cars—cars that had style,” said Diane Sciacchitano, 67, of North Massapequa. “Not like now— everything blends in and looks the same.”
One car owner who received a lot attention was Glen Head resident Ken Kraft, 65, who built his 1952 MGTD replica atop the shell of a 1970 Volkswagen Beetle
“I gave up my ‘63 Corvette to build this,” said Kraft, who spent about 140 hours building the car. “The effort I put into building it, you get it back five times from the admiration you get from people.”
The event was the brainchild of Jim O’Donnell, treasurer of the Sea Cliff Fire Department, who then ran the idea by James Ajamain, the fifth battalion vice chairman of the fire department. Ajamain’s wife, Eileen, did a majority of the promotions, O’Donnell said.
Among the guests was Sea Cliff Mayor Bruce Kennedy, who was admiring a few GTOs.
“It was a tremendous success,” said Kennedy. “I’m very pleased with the fire department, and Jimmy O’Donnell in particular, for putting this together. It’s another great event for Sea Cliff.”
In the afternoon, a barbecue opened and a band called Chicken Head performed free range rock music.
Prizes for contests and raffles were donated by nearby restaurants and The First National Bank of Long Island.