BANGOR- “It goes from pre-1949 antiques all the way up to today. We have 40 different classes of cars, so Mustangs, Mopars, best of the 60s, 70s, 80s, all the way around…trucks. You name it, we have a class for it really,” said Kerrie Tripp, the executive director of the Greater Bangor CVB.
Thousands of people from near and far gathering by the Bangor waterfront—- back into the earlier decades…
“Well one of the first pictures ever taken of me, I was three or four years old standing in front of a 1954 Chevrolet. I always loved cars, even when I was only three apples tall. And that never changed. I got into other things…motorcycles, airplanes, scuba diving, all kinds of different stuff. But I always came back to cars,” said Mike Barker, owner of a 1969 Plymouth Baracuda.
The 8th annual “Wheels on the Waterfront” creating an event for car lovers old and young alike… Some owners even going as far as to make the vehicles themselves…
“This is something I built because I wanted it and I couldn’t afford to have it done. It took 2000 hours,” said Richard Fazio, owner of a motorcycle.
Fazio made his motorcycle out of pieces of 15 different vehicles, and it is something he proudly shows off at car shows. His ride, and others, an attraction for any person, male or female, young or old.
“It’s just a great time, right… Just walking around looking at people, looking at cars, some nostalgia. So there are some great cars down here,” said Tripp.
Nostalgia a common denominator between many of the folks who attended the show…some cars even dressing the theme of their decade, like this one car with a car hop tray.
“Just something to draw attraction to the car, and kind of make it stay in the 60s theme,” said Serena Grant, owner of a 1966 Plymouth Belvedere 2.
“A lot of experiences you had with the guys you hung with and the girls you hung around with at drive-ins, it was a different world then of course. But the idea is we had a lot of fun and when I’m into that, I got my old tunes on there, and it’s 1969 again!” said Barker.
The event is held every year the weekend after Labor Day.