Cool Rides is Just the Ticket on a Hot Day
TURNERS FALLS, MA – The day was hot, but the cars were cool.
Franklin County Technical School’s 8th Annual Cool Rides Car Show drew a large crowd to the school grounds on Saturday as over 200 vintage vehicles were on display. The event is one of the most popular car shows in the area, and is eagerly anticipated by participants and spectators alike.
“This year’s car show couldn’t have been any better,” said Jocelyn Croft, Franklin County Technical School’s vocational curriculum director. “We had a great variety of classic cars, trucks, motorcycles, and tractors.”
Croft commended FCTS Technology Network Systems Engineer Jamie Noel for coordinating the car show and thanked Brown Motors of Greenfield for being the event sponsor.
Noel said he is always impressed with the huge turnout of students and staff willing to volunteer at the event. He said next year’s Cool Rides Car Show will be held on September 22. Noel added that he loves to see all of the different types of vehicles that collectors bring to the show.
“I’m glad we always get a variety of different show vehicles that show up, from classics to modern muscle cars, tuners and also rat rods,” he said.
Vehicles were lined up in several rows on the school’s football practice field and in a portion of the parking lot. Spectators wove through admiring the vehicles and talking to their owners. Nate Hubbard of Millers Falls brought his 1931 Chevrolet Independence Sedan that he restored between 1994 and 1996.
Hubbard drove the car to his graduation ceremony at Franklin County Tech when he graduated from the school’s welding program in 1999.
“Restoring the car was a father-son project with my Dad,” he said. “We found the car in an old junkyard out in the woods in Whately. Trees were growing out of it. We had to cut the trees away to get it out.”
Gary and Nancy Maynard of South Deerfield brought their 1953 Chevy hard top coupe to the show and like Hubbard said he came partially to support FCTS.
“It’s a nice, big show,” Gary Maynard said. “The man that painted the car had two kids from the tech school working for him. It’s important to teach kids these skills.”
The Maynards bought their coupe eight years ago in Maine. This is their first vintage car and they even became friends with the man they bought the car from.
“It’s been a good car,” Gary Maynard said. “It’s been dependable and is a lot of fun to drive.”
Dave and Jill Dalzovo drove their 1923 Ford Model T pickup truck from Westfield for the show. When they bought the truck “as a basket case” in 2007 from an owner in Bristol, Tennessee, its parts were all in boxes.
“I picked up other bits and pieces from Ebay and at swap meets,” Dave Dalzovo said. “It took me three years to finish.”
It wasn’t just the classic vehicles that attracted the crowd. The Cool Rides Car Show featured several other activities, including kid’s attractions like a bounce house, face painting, and coloring books. The PEP Drag Way, operated by the school’s Pre-Employment Program students, was popular all day long as kids raced Hot Wheels cars down a 24-foot gravity track.
Chef Benjamin Pike, an FCTS Culinary Arts instructor, said students and other volunteers pulled together to prepare and serve food for the show, from breakfast items like French toast and breakfast sandwiches and for lunch pulled pork sandwiches, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, salads and desserts.
“The new culinary team worked great together,” Pike said. “We had a great turnout.”
Croft commended the FCTS vocational programs and clubs for their involvement in the event.
“The car show is supported by the entire FCTS community, that’s what makes it so wonderful,” she said. “We gave tours of the shop programs and some people had never been to a tech school before. They were blown away by how much we offer and the quality of our programs.”