Nice cars, nice people at 'Cruise Night'

Published on Sunday, 25 June 2017 21:45
Written by Bob Montgomery

Staff Writer

I stopped by the Bristol Auto Club’s weekly “Cruise Night” near Burger King downtown to catch one of the car owners. A 1955 Chevy caught my eye and I found its owner, Joe Dragon, a 1967 Bristol Eastern graduate and State of Connecticut retiree. Joe was with his daughter, AnnMarie Dragon, a 2000 graduate of the school.

Joe’s car is a sweet-looking, sea mist color and made me miss the ‘55 Chevy I bought from George Pahl in 1963. Loved that car, as Mr. Pahl will attest. In fact, I’ve had a great fondness for George ever since.

Anyway, getting back to the car show, hello to Reggie L’Heureux, its president and a classmate of mine at Bristol Eastern, graduating a couple of years before Mr. Dragon.Nice cars, nice people and a great place to stop by and reminisce with the car owners and those who stop by to view these “beauties.”

Rewind 2002 (15 years ago)

The Bristol Chamber of Commerce Beautification Award winners have been announced and the following are those in the residential category: Tim Hilliker, 180 Mercier Ave.; Mary Lou and Paul Larson, 161 Vanderbilt Rd.; Michael Middleton, 331 Jerome Ave.; John Twombley, 972 Jerome Ave.; Helen Kautman, 16 Ridge Rd.; Dr. George Zuk, Jr., 6 North St.; Shane and Kim Seaver, 126 Grove St.; Victoria and Richard Casa, 264 East Rd.; Pat Marchand, 26 Merriman St.; and Kit and Penny Critchley, 35 Vernon St., Forestville.


Bob Adamczyk has put out two editions of “Streetscape” and in each case it’s an update/change as he pursues completing the project he calls, “A work in progress.” With all the research he’s done in the past years, he still has no indication of the origin of the names of some streets in Bristol and they are: Donna Lane, Cabot Street, Brace Avenue, Carol Drive, Christopher Street, Houghton Street, Hadden Street, Lexi Lane, Lorraine Drive, Sharon Street and Warren Street.

So, does anyone in the peanut gallery know of the origin of any of these roadways?


I saw the first license plate on an SUV on Friday headed west on Rt. 72 in Forestville. Hey you?

The second plate belongs to a Red Sox fan and I saw this one on Saturday morning.

Did you know - Wade Boggs of the Bristol Red Sox

Tim Hagerty, who writes for The Hardball Times, contacted me a couple of months ago to see if I could find where Baseball Hall of Famer Wade Boggs, who was with the Bristol Red Sox AA team one season before his major league career, hit a flyball that disappeared at Muzzy Field. I researched and found that nothing like that happened here.

Upon further research, Hagerty found that the disappearing ball that Boggs fly ball took place on was May 28, 1978, at Roosevelt Stadium in Jersey City, N.J., and Boggs and other players never saw the ball again. It wasn’t found on the field or in the stands and wasn’t hit hard enough to be a home run. Roosevelt Stadium did have the reputation as having poor, outdated lighting for the field.

Sam Alkas

I came across Sam at Cruise Night, where he is a member of the Bristol Auto Club. He told me this was his last car show because he’s leaving for Florida where he will take up residence. As many know, Sam has been very active in Bristol and just through CERT alone, he’s volunteered at many events in town, including the recent Bill Englert Memorial Car Show. I wish Sam the best.


To Tom Daly who passed by me on Main Street in his pickup truck when I was leaving the office for fodder for this column on Saturday. Tom’s license plate is DALY. I used to work for Tom part-time way back when he had his cleaning business on Riverside Avenue. I was working fulltime behind a desk at the Aetna and needed some extra cash to support a growing “fam” and found him to be a good guy, one I’ve always liked since first meeting and working for him.

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Posted in The Bristol Press, Arts, Bristol, General News on Sunday, 25 June 2017 21:45. Updated: Sunday, 25 June 2017 21:48.