George Strom bought his first car, a 1930 Model T Ford when he was 15 years old. He paid $6 for it.
Now at 84 years old, the Shelter Island man owns five Model T Fords.
“I am a huge car lover,” Strom said. “My love for cars is never-ending.”
And he was beyond thrilled to showcase his 1912 Model T Ford Speedster at the first Pre-World War II Antique Car Show held Saturday on the grounds of the Cutchogue-New Suffolk Historical Council.
The event featured more than 100 antique cars and trucks.
”This is so exciting. It’s like a dream come true,” said Michael Malkush, vice president of the Cutchogue-New Suffolk Historical Council.
Virginia McCaffery, president of the historical council, agreed.
“This car show is wonderful,” she said. “The weather is great, the number of cars we have is fantastic and the people are all pleasant.”
The event commemorated the celebration of acquiring local car collector Parker Wickham’s black 1926 Model T truck, which is housed in the Village Garage on the grounds. The car was a gift from the well known collector who died last year.
The historical council hopes to raise enough funds to turn the Village Garage into a museum.
“One day, it will be a museum representative of the cars and memorabilia from the 1930s to 1940s,” Malkush said.
Thankful for the council’s eagerness to showcase the beautiful antique cars and praise Wickham’s contributions to the community was Wickham’s granddaughter, Leigh Allocca.
“We are greatly honored. My grandfather was such a wonderful man,” she said. “He made a huge impact on the community and to see all these people come out today means a lot to the Wickham family.”
Hundreds of people walked around perusing the antique cars and Fred Ogor, of Shelter Island, was excited to show his work of art – a 1922 Model T One Ton Truck.
“I have been in love with cars ever since I was 8 years old. I like to fix them and make them look nice,” Ogor said. “My first car was a 1931 Chrysler Convertible. Right now, I have 13 cars in my collection.”
The council plans to make the car show an annual event, next year’s event will be titled Back In Time Before 1949.
For more information, visit www.cutchoguenewsuffolkhistory.org.