Organizers, participants revved up for first 4th of July car show

By Matthew Bernat | Jul 04, 2017
Photo by: Matthew Bernat There were approximately 120 entries in the Wareham Historical Society's first Fourth of July car show held at the Tremont Nail Factor District Tuesday afternoon.

With the historic Tremont Nail Factory District as a backdrop, the Wareham Historical Society’s first Fourth of July car show attracted approximately 120 entries, showcasing the site’s potential for future events, officials said. It also helped revitalize a holiday tradition, the 41st annual 4th of July Antique and Craft Faire, held up the street on the village green.

“To have this kind of turnout for a first time event is really exceptional,” said Selectman Alan Slavin, the show’s co-organizer along with Paul Girard. “It really shows the property has value.”

Held Tuesday afternoon alongside the antiques faire, – the society’s signature fundraiser – the show served two purposes: It added a reason for more people to attend the faire and showed that the district can serve as a successful venue for events at the long-neglected property on Elm Street, officials said.

Local leaders are currently developing plans for the site, which may include renovating the former factory site into a destination complete with shops, restaurants and event space. In January, officials announced that MassDevelopment awarded the town $50,000 to study potential uses for the site.

Slavin said due to the car show's success, there are plans to hold cruise nights once a month at the same location.

Girard said the show’s success was a welcome surprise, adding he was grateful that Robinson GMC sponsored the event.

“We didn’t how we’d do, this being the first show, but we did good,” said Girard. “So, we’re happy.”

On Tuesday afternoon, Girard handed out two best in show awards. One winner was John Medeiros of Wareham who won for his 1967 Camaro. Medeiros explained that he drove the car while in high school, but sold it in 1986. By chance, he found it for sale in Connecticut in 2009 and bought it back.

The other best in show winner was Gerry Vary of West Wareham for his 1958 Chevy Impala convertible. Vary bought the car 10 years ago and recently finished its restoration.

“This is the first time I’ve had it out,” said Vary. “We did pretty good today.”

Classic cars parked in front of the main factory building at the Tremont Nail Factory District were entered in Tuesday's car show. (Photo by: Matthew Bernat)
West Wareham residents Howie and Claire Smith had their classic car dressed up with a red, white and blue bunting for the show. (Photo by: Matthew Bernat)
This roadster drew a lot of attention at the show. (Photo by: Matthew Bernat)
Visitors check out a classic Mustang during the show. (Photo by: Matthew Bernat)
A couple drives away in their Oldsmobile Cutlass. (Photo by: Matthew Bernat)
Sandi and Gerry Vary took home one of two best in show awards for their 1958 Chevy Impala. (Photo by: Matthew Bernat)
John Medeiros' 1967 Camaro took home one of two best in show awards. (Photo by: Matthew Bernat)
From left: Howie Robinson, John Medeiros and Paul Girard stand in front of Medeiros' 1967 Camaro. (Photo by: Matthew Bernat)
Comments (4)
Posted by: cranky pants | Jul 04, 2017 14:01

A big thank you to the event coordinators and volunteers. Thank you to all that showed up, great bunch of people and awesome vehicles to look at. From a spectator view the setting itself was what really put a bit of nostalgia with the automobiles.

Hopefully this becomes an annual event, or even another in the fall.. maybe a few food vendors and some antique tractors.

I love fried dough.

Posted by: Society for Suppression of Noise | Jul 04, 2017 20:25

This is great!  Not only the success of this maiden voyage but also the plans for ongoing monthly cruise nights.

Posted by: Stargirl | Jul 05, 2017 10:20

Finally! It's good to hear a positive comment from you, Cranky Pants.

Posted by: cranky pants | Jul 05, 2017 13:48

I know, I know...

I'm not living up to my name now am I ?

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