Contributed by Ed Sindoni
The setting for this show is throughout the square and connecting streets in the Spanish Springs area of The Villages. This is an open show, but priority is given to Villagers, and if the vehicle limit is reached (usually about 250), then others may park outside of the show area, but not be eligible for awards. Also, vehicles must be at least 25 years of age….we’ll see about that.
To add to their rides, some participants also dress in period-correct attire.
Steven Grulick had his one owner 1969 Ford Grand Torino on display. After really wanting a 1968, his father convinced him to wait another year, and it was then that he went to Stenoer’s Ford in Dayton, Ohio to place his order. Six weeks later his 390, 4-speed “baby” arrived sporting its black finish and gold stripe. The paint is still original as is the interior. A few upgrades (replacements) include the chrome valve covers, tire and wheels, and a Hurst shifter. Looking at this, you would think Henry had built this recently instead of 50 years ago. The finish looks ceramic coated, but Steve said “No, about 500 coats of wax”. By the way, only 41,000 miles on it (about 840/year).
What appeared to be a 1965 Morgan was presented to the crowd by MaryAnn and Allan Rae. It is actually a 2005 Morgan Roadster that was purchased from Morgan West (California) with 6,000 miles on it and was shipped to Florida in December 2016.
Under the hood is a 3-liter Ford V-6 putting out 240 HP and attached to a 5-speed transmission. Might not sound like a powerhouse, but this Morgan weighs only 2,000 pounds! Allan’s assessment of the horsepower to weight ratio can be summed up by “cruises nicely between 80-90 mph”.
The Morgan has been on the track at Daytona during the Rolex race week and is a multiple show winner at major shows including the Palm Beach British Show, Safety Harbor Tampa British Show, and the Orlando Winter Park British Show. Should you see it, you’ll want to drive it!
Besides offering the show, and the parade of cars entering at about 2:45pm, there is also live entertainment (usually a band), and several adjoining eateries to satisfy your appetite. Welcome to The Villages!
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