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Car show a hit in Ballston

Car show a hit in Ballston

11th year of car show attracts enthusiasts, families and dreamers
Car show a hit in Ballston
Marco Ramirez, of Altamont, looks with Tom Spaulding, (right) of East Greenbush at his 2002 Dodge Viper.
Photographer: ERICA MILLER/GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER

Hundreds of cars, trucks and motorcycles, some of them decades old, converged on Ballston Sunday for a decade-old mainstay event.

The Curtis Lumber car show, which is in its 11th year, brings together families, car enthusiasts and the casual observer. Waves of cars were parked in the lot of the store, behind the building and on a lot next adjacent to the home-building projects suppler. Car owners and spectators wandered the rows admiring the vehicles.

The car show was free for spectators, and featured raffles, prizes, music, food and beverages. 

The show also included a driver obstacle course, sponsored by Capital Region Jeep Wrangler, on which Jeep owners could drive their cars across the course through mud and over large hills.

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Show participants and their vehicles could gain recognition in various award categories, some based on age of the car and others that focus on different aspects of the car, such as the paint job, the underside of the hood and best customizing.

Car owners who participated in the show often talked to onlookers about the time and effort that went into their vehicles.

Tracy Tuczynski's 1923 Ford C-cab, painted a sleek black, thrilled onlookers with its gloomy theme. The vehicle's display was accentuated by a skeleton with bulging eyes sitting in the driver's side seat of the vehicle.

"He's dead!" shrieked a young girl, who walked by the car with her family.

David Millard of Ballston Spa used the car show to display his 2010 BMW custom Conquest motorcycle.

Millard, a veteran, is bound to a wheelchair. His massive motorcycle, which is covered in military insignias, has been crafted to accommodate a disabled rider. 

The bike, Millard said, was originally built to accommodate a push wheelchair. Millard's chair is electric, and he reworked the framework to accommodate his chair.

Now, he continued, the bike goes fast on highways, goes smooth and fast around turns and corners, and couldn't have come out better.

"Knock on wood, it’s never let me down," Millard said, while surrounded by spectators expressing shock at the size of the vehicle.

For other participants though, the car show is the opportunity to show off their passions.

Mike Willey, of Ballston Spa, was displaying his 1941 Willys Coupe. Painted a vibrant and gleaming deep purple, the vehicle was adorned with skulls both painted on the trunk and adorning the hood of the car.

The finished product is something that Willey has wanted to work on for years, but did not have the time. Recently, he said, with two children finished with college, he knew it was now or never.

The car was officially finished in May, and the final result is better than Willey had imagined.

"This is just a 50-year dream," Willey said of the shining car, which was surrounded by enthusiastic spectators. "It took 50 years, but its finally done."

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