Contributed by Ed Sindoni
On the waterfront, under the trees, on the lawn, and adjacent to the St. Petersburg Yacht Club clubhouse, on Sunday January 13th, you would find the Vintage Motor Classic. The ambiance for this show is set well before you enter the park grounds, as “old town” St. Pete welcomes you with cobblestone streets, and shaded sidewalk cafes. You are surrounded by early morning walkers, dog walkers, and runners through this picturesque area. You want to be here.
The club itself is one of the oldest yacht clubs in the country. It began in 1909 and was completely renovated in the early 1990s. There are actually social clubs within the organization, of which, the Vintage Motor Club is one. On show day, there is no mistaken that these volunteers are car people!
Pre-1980 vehicles are welcome to compete, and are sorted into the appropriate classes for judging. A vast array of vehicles from Model Ts to a more modern hearse dotted the parking spaces. The Classic ThunderBirds of Tampa Bay club had a fine showing of 1955 – 1957 “baby birds”. Exotics, they were present, brass era, oh the beauty and huge size, and classics from the 50s and 60s galore.
Rob Joyner presented his 1931 Lincoln Model K Judkins 2 window Berline chassis #67218 which is only one of 72 originally built in 1931. The engine is a 385 cubic inch 120 horsepower unit,linked to a three speed transmission. The car was designed by Edsel Ford and Henry Leland (Cadillac), and originally sold for $5,600. Twenty-four years ago this vehicle was restored by the Duesenberg Museum in Auburn, Indiana at a cost of $125,000. Rob and his grandfather purchased the car in 2008, and it has been in their possession since. It is a spectacular piece of machinery….real “eye candy”.
This beautiful 1967 Corvette Sport Coupe was one of 8,507 manufactured and with options stickered out at $5,707. Less than 400 were ordered with power steering, side exhausts, power windows, telescoping steering column, and leather. This one left the St. Louis assembly plant on March 21, 1967. Restored between 2000-2001, it is currently owned by Bill and Mary Waters.
This spectacular piece of Ford machinery is a rare, numbers matching, unmolested 1069 Mercury Marauder X-100, one of 5,635 built. It has 60,000 miles on its original 429 (360HP) Thunderjet engine coupled to a Ford C6 automatic transmission. This car has been a national events winner. Anyone surprised?
Once a year, during January, the St. Petersburg Yacht Club Motorports group presents the public with this event. Place this on your calendar as a “must see”.
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