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Antique auto enthusiasts cruise out to support NH Humane Society

Chuck Moore of New Hampton was very pleased when his 1927 Pierce-Arrow Limousine won the Owners Choice Trophy at an antique and classic car show in Bridgewater last Sunday. (Photo by Donna Rhodes) (click for larger version)
August 08, 2018
BRIDGEWATER – Dozens of antique and classic cars were on display on Whittemore Point Road North last Sunday afternoon as part of a fundraiser for the New Hampshire Humane Society. Organizer Ann Bryant said that the show, now in its fifth year, began as a benefit for the Newfound Wind Watch group as they worked to keep wind turbines from being built around Newfound Lake. Since that issue was resolved, proceeds from the last three years have helped the Humane Society in their care for lost, unwanted or surrendered pets.

From antique Hupmobiles, Model T's and Roadsters to more modern Corvettes, Camaros and Mustangs, crowds of people enjoyed strolling the lawns and checking out all the beautiful machinery.

Throughout the event, participants took time to relax and have a bite to eat at the food court, placed bids in a large silent auction and bought tickets for the 50/50 raffle. There were also some fun games of chance for children to enjoy as well.

Vehicles registered in the show were judged in five categories and trophies were awarded to each of the winners. This year the trophy for the Most Original and Preserved Vehicle went to Bryant for her entry, a '59 Ford Pick-up, while first place in the category of Favorite Muscle Car was given to John Govani and his '67 Corvette. The trophy for Favorite truck was presented to Jim Lawry for his '41 Ford Pick-up and Tom Eads and his '27 Marmon Little 8 took home the trophy for Oldest Car.

A final award presentation, the Owners Choice Trophy, was selected by all car owners who participated in the show and this year it was presented to Chuck Moore of New Hampton for his 1927 Pierce-Arrow Limousine.

Moore said the vehicle was gifted to him three months ago by a friend who recently passed away. His promise to that friend was to continue showing the car so others could enjoy its beauty and craftsmanship.

The passenger compartment in the rear of the limo is all fully restored with a handcrafted-cloth seat and door panels, each decorated with intricate hand-embroidered accents and done in the exact design and colors the car was built with in 1927. Adding to the elegance, the handles, knobs and everything metal in the back are plated in real gold. The front seats are covered in a more practical but nonetheless elegant leather.

The car was built in Buffalo, N.Y., Moore explained, and one unique feature that shows it is a "New York" car is the positioning of the headlamps on the front.

"Most Pierce-Arrows this old have the headlamps on top of the front fenders but these were placed beside the fenders," Moore pointed out.

The exterior paint has also been restored in the original colors of gray with a blue trim and the spokes of the wheels are a smooth, polished wood.

"The spokes are made from hickory, like the Louisville Slugger baseball bats, because it's one of the hardest woods and holds up well," he explained.

With the trophy displayed on the floor of the passenger compartment, Moore received many compliments on the beautiful vehicle and said he knew his friend would be proud.

"This is what he wanted me to do with it, take it out and show it. Now I've got a trophy to go with it," he said.

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