BRISTOL - Rain held off Saturday evening for the 8th annual Bill Englert Memorial Car Show, making it an afternoon to remember for car enthusiasts and their families.
Fans of vintage vehicles, and friends and family of Bill Englert converged on North Main Street to celebrate one of Englert’s favorite things: cars. Englert was a community leader in Bristol before his death, and planned the city’s annual car show every year. The memorial car show is a way for the community to show appreciation for Englert and what he did for Bristol.
“This is the fourth year I’ve been working the car show since my father died,” said Joe Englert, Bill Englert’s son. “It meant a lot to him every year to put this show on.”
Joe Englert said his father always believed in making events like this free to the community, so the car show has always stayed free for visitors.
Many of the vehicles on display Saturday were muscle cars from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. Annie Nodwell brought her 1966 Ford Mustang, complete with a yellow finish. Bill Mazzaccano brought his Mercury Comet Cyclone from the same year.
“There is so much variety here,” said Jamie Ortiz, who came with her son, Michael. “My son has never been to a car show so I figured this was a good start.”
Muscle cars weren’t the only type of vehicle at the show. Among the few hundred vehicles on display were some that could be traced back before World War II, like Mike Pelletier’s 1932 Ford Roadster Pickup.
“I drive this every day. I pass by cars on the highway that are 70, 80 years newer than it,” Pelletier said with a smile.
Pelletier said back in 1932, the vehicle wasn’t thought to be practical - being both a convertible and a pickup. But Saturday, it stood out as one of the more unique vehicles in Bristol.
A DJ played oldies and classic rock, transporting visitors to the same time period that the cars on display are from. There were also raffles giving visitors a chance to walk away with a big screen television, a 2017 Harley Davidson Street Glide and more. Food vendors supplied visitors with fair food like fried dough, hamburgers and hot dogs.
“Everyone is smiling and having a good time,” Joe Englert said.
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