Classic cars can help evoke a sense of being in a different time period.
Stepping into Bergman Park on Sunday felt a lot like stepping into the past. Cars from the early 1900s through current models lined the fields at Bergman Park for the 29th annual World Series of Cars.
Food vendors offered crowd favorites like funnel cakes, fresh squeezed lemonade and curly fries. The ever-popular flea market was there, too, just waiting for visitors to stop inside. The vehicles were also judged and owners were awarded trophies and prizes for all of the categories.
Spectators lined Bergman Park to look at hundreds of classic cars Sunday during the annual World Series of Cars.
P-J?photos by Ryan Atkins
Some cars are quintessentially American. One look at these vehicles, like the 1957 Ford Fairlane, and it can transport the viewer back in time, letting them feel as if they were at a drive-in movie theater in the late 1950s. Gust Swanson was at the show with his '57 Ford Fairlane Skyliner, a seldom-seen convertible model.
"When I first saw this car, it had just come to the area from California," said Swanson. "It disappeared on me for a few years after that, though. Once I heard that it was for sale again, I had to have it. I had one just like it back in 1962."
The car, which Swanson purchased in 1981, still isn't quite finished. When it is done, however, Swanson hopes that it will stay in the family.
Tom Lawson, a former service technician who brought a fully restored 1963 Ford Thunderbird with him on Sunday, had a similar experience to Swanson's.
"I owned the identical car when I was only 17 years old, so it was something that I felt like I needed to get again," said Lawson. "When I got this car, I had to restore a lot of stuff on it. I've restored the trunk, the entire top-half of the engine, the brakes, and a bunch of other parts. All in all, I've got almost $20,000 invested in it."
The baseball fields were lined from front to back with cars that have been given a special place in history. Mustangs, T-Birds, Corvettes, Chargers and more filled the fields with their hoods popped, allowing visitors to take a look at what keeps these vintage muscle cars moving. Around the edges of the event however, some lesser-known gems could be spotted if visitors looked for them.
Frank Juhasz, who has been at the World Series of Cars several times in the past, was back again this year with the pride of his collection, a 1955 Hooper Bentley Empress designed by Osmond Rivers. The mint condition luxury vehicle is one of only seven in existence.
When asked about the perfect condition of the vehicle, which he's owned for seven years, Juhasz revealed his secret.
"I don't let any dirt settle on it," he said. "It's always kept in pristine condition. If I take it out and a bug gets stuck on it at 2 o'clock in the morning, then at 2 o'clock in the morning, I'll clean the car."
Juhasz continued, "It's not just my hobby, these cars are my love, especially British cars. Austin-Healey, Triumph, Rolls-Royce, Bentley - I love them all."
The World Series of Cars will be returning to Bergman Park next summer for their 30th anniversary with more classics for visitors to enjoy, along with many familiar faces returning to claim more trophies.