“It’s been 40 years. I feel my age and ordered the Ferrari. I’m going to get the whole midlife crisis package. — Keanu Reeves
Walking around the grounds of the Lake Lodge airport on Sunday, July 10, I could have had a number of midlife crisis moments. About a thousand of them if you want to be specific on the numbers.
Now in its 17th year, Sunday’s Cars That Time Forgot car show was my first visit. The show, hosted by the Delavan-Delavan Lake Chamber of Commerce for the first time since the pre-COVID days of 2019, drew a crowd estimated by show organizers at 5,000 to 7,000 classic car fans of all ages .
“It’s American gas-sucking pig love,” Delavan resident and car collector Martin Brunner, owner of vintage Pontiac auto parts store Firebird City, said of his motivation to attend the show. “It was a lot more than I expected. I expect to see about 50 cars sitting in a field, much like going to Gus’s Drive-In (in East Troy). It’s huge – lots of cars. Many of these people poured shovelfuls of cash into their cars.
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Sponsors for the July 10 one-day auto show included the Delavan-Delavan Lake Chamber of Commerce, Lake Lawn Resort, Visit Delavan, Kunes, Noble Insurance, Big Radio, 104.5 County WSLD, Countryside Classics, Stream Dudes, the Treasury and Jiffy Lube.
“It’s absolutely amazing,” said Doris Cangelosi, president of the show. “It’s such a fun event. There are so many people with so many different types of cars and the stories behind them. It’s great to share these stories and keep these cars alive. There is so much to learn from them. We have all types of cars here and it’s something the whole family can enjoy… We’re going to make it even bigger and better next year.
And more than just a car show, Cangelosi noted that attendees can also take a shuttle and trolley ride to enjoy the scenic landscapes of Lake Lawn Lodge.
Dad’s 1968 Dodge Charger
As I strolled through the airport grounds, admiring the wide variety of gleaming cars, memories washed over me of my favorite rides from days gone by – my dad’s 1968 Dodge Charger R/T muscle car; my first set of wheels, a “Sunfire Orange” 1975 Old Cutlass Supreme which I nicknamed “Scotty” for the ASU Enterprise Chief Engineer; and my stepfather’s vintage 1953 Buick Roadmaster.
I was far from the only one taking a ride down memory lane at the Cars That Time Forgot Motor Show.
Among them was Bill Mackey, a resident of Lake Geneva.
“It’s interesting to see all these cars, a lot of different cars,” he said. “I like looking at old cars. I’m 70-something, so some of these bring back memories. I had some of these cars a long time ago.
For exhibitors at the auto show, it’s an opportunity to share their automotive passion with an admiring public.
Among the plethora of offerings from Detroit’s ‘Big Three’ – General Motors, Ford and Chrysler – were two AMX muscle cars made in Kenosha in 1974, built by American Motors and exhibited by Gary Bloxdorf, native of Kenosha, Eagle , and his father Ron, of Kenosha. , who worked for AMC.
“We’ve had many AMCs over the years,” Gary said. “We love doing things as a family, coming to these auto shows and meeting people. Anyone can get a Camaro or a Mustang. Try to find the parts for one of them and you’ll understand the passion – the hunt to find the last piece you need to complete your project. These are the fastest. They have cool body lines. No one has them. It’s just something different. People like to see that they are still on the road.
As a lifetime employee of American Motors, Ron is proud of his ’74 AMC AMX.
“They are unique in appearance,” he said. “You don’t see anything else like them, with the bubble front fenders, roof-up spoiler and unique wrap-around cockpit dash.”
Being a lifelong fan of the “Back to the Future” film trilogy, my inner fanboy squealed with delight when Delavan’s Bill Hoyt arrived in his gull-winged, aluminum-bodied 1981 DeLorean with his grandchildren. children Ancher and Violet.
Hoyt, who has memorized dialogue from all three films, got the “good brother discount” when he bought the “fun” car six years ago from his sister and brother-in-law.
“I really wanted it and they knew it,” he recalled.
Judging by the large crowd that immediately gathered, I wasn’t the only fan of the DeLorean, which featured a time stream capacitor between the front seats and a treasure trove of “Back to the Future” memorabilia in the front trunk.
“Everybody likes it,” Hoyt said. “He’s a people magnet.”
When asked what he liked about his DeLorean, Hoyt noted that “everyone waves, everyone smiles as you pass – and you can step back in time.”
For me and thousands of other kindred spirits, the Cars That Time Forgot car show was, indeed, a chance to travel back in time.
And for those classic cars, as long as they are remembered, they will never be forgotten.
In pictures: 2022 Cars That Time Forgot Car Show