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Classic cars converge at the GYC

Jim Wallace in his 1936 Ford Phaeton. (Photo by Erin Plummer) (click for larger version)
May 22, 2019
From classic racers to discovered four-wheeled to older vehicles given some souped up parts, so many classic and unique cars could be fond at the Gilford Youth Center for the annual Cruise Night.

Cars lined the parking lot of the GYC on Wednesday night with car owners and enthusiasts getting together to get better looks at some sweet machines.

The Cruise Show has been going on many years, last year it moved from the Gilford Community Church to the GYC.

GYC director Scott Hodsdon said the Cruise Show brings in a different part of the community. While the GYC typically brings in kids, youths, and families, this event brings more adults to check out the GYC.

Hodsdon said over 60 cars participated in this year's Cruise Night.

"Given the colder weather today we're pleased with the turnout," Hodsdon said.

Hodsdon and volunteers also served a cookout for attendees.

Ray Boissoneau of Bedford brought a Chinook Mark 8 racing car by Fejer Racing Cars of Toronto. He said he bought it for Can-Am racing and has raced it in Europe, including in Blackburn, England. It's the only car of its kind with this design.

Boissoneau owns a number of different cars and will do shows with a different one. He has done the GYC show for around six years.

"Each year, we try to bring something different," Boissoneau said.

Jim and Ann Wallace of Meredith brought their 1936 Ford Phaeton. Jim Wallace said they found the car in a barn on Meredith Neck in 2004 in the condition it's in now.

"It was there under a heavy canvas with a lot of bird droppings on it," Wallace said.

They just needed to clean it off and it was in great shape.

"It's been a great car, I've had no problems with it," Wallace said.

The car has a license plate topper for Roosevelt-Wallace from FDR's 1940 campaign that they found in a toolbox in the old Waukewan Antiques. There is also a Pearl Harbor souvenir plate they got while visiting Pearl Harbor, where he and his wife met in 1975.

The car is available for hire for special events like weddings, proms, and others.

Andy Emmmons of Belmont showed his 1986 Chevy C10 454. He redid the original motor from its original six cylinder to something with more power.

"It uses a lot of gas, but that's okay," Emmons said.

He said he usually shows his vehicle at the GYC show because it is close by.

Rob Follansbee of Belmont showed a 1969 Chevy 454 and a 1987 Chevy Camaro SS. He replaced the motors in all of these cars and did some extensive exterior work.

"Runs just like new," Follansbee said.

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